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Phoneline Trail #27 - 24 members in 148 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 19 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
 Run/Jog8.10 Miles 1,120 AEG
 Run/Jog8.10 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   5.12 mph
1,120 ft AEG      5 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
 
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humidity kicked my pumpkin

water above shoes at 8/9 crossings :)
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Jun 16 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
 Run/Jog8.10 Miles 1,120 AEG
 Run/Jog8.10 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   5.46 mph
1,120 ft AEG      3 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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blasted my previous best on this route by 5 minutes! picture perfect morning. saw some javelina up on phone line
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Jun 07 2017
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PivoTriplogs 3,870
Hiking8.42 Miles 1,872 AEG
Hiking8.42 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   3.24 mph
1,872 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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A loop up Phoneline, down Historic Sabino, then back via the tram road. A Frick sighting this morning too.
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May 01 2017
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,120 AEG
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late night at work, so got a chance to sneak in a hike with Michelle. she wanted to check out the phone line trail. always a winner in my book. she loved it.

bugs are out.
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Mar 29 2017
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47 male
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 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
Run/Jog8.10 Miles 1,120 AEG
Run/Jog8.10 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   5.28 mph
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no headlamp. 2 crossings still get your feet wet but not over the shoes. made better time than anticipated. love this running loop
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Feb 19 2017
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Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2017
joebartelsTriplogs 5,342
Hiking18.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   9 Hrs   4 Mns   2.08 mph
3,000 ft AEG      24 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Most of the hike was in light rain. Up Bear Canyon and down Sabino. My first time on #23, boy howdy does it sing! Steep and narrow up top. With the creek roaring below like a river reminded me of Vivian Creek Trail out of San Gorgonio California. I'm not sure if it was the sun making a bold appearance for the first time in days or the angels singing in the background but #27 seemed pretty cool to me. It rides high with commanding views out over Tucson and down to the bustling tram.

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roaring below

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Running heavy!
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Feb 19 2017
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2017
DarthStillerTriplogs 638
Hiking17.80 Miles 2,818 AEG
Hiking17.80 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.11 mph
2,818 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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I took advantage of the 3 day holiday weekend to do this hike since it's a long drive for me as well as a very long hike. The official mileage is 17.2 but it's closer to 17.8 or even 18. The water is still flowing throughout all the major canyons in this area. Every once in a while the trail would cut across a drainage running down the sides of the canyons and it seemed odd that they weren't even flowing with all the water below. Waves of light rain came in and out throughout the day, so water was abundant in all ways.

We did the loop counter clockwise and headed up Bear Canyon first. A little bit before 7 Falls we got off trail and had to bushwhack up the side of the hill to the trail. Looking back at the topo and other tracks, it looks like we may have shaved off 0.1 miles doing that, but it didn't make it any easier. We made it across all the stream crossings without incident. My feet did get wet, but that's because my boots are no longer waterproof.

7 Falls was running full force. We decided to forego hiking down to see the bottom pools up close. We had just gained a lot of elevation, and had quite a lot more ahead of us, so adding more was not of interest. the views from above were really nice, anyway. As we headed further up Bear Canyon Trail, we could see another trail that connected it to 7 Falls below. It's a little fainter, but it's still there and connects both trails. Along this area we first encountered quite a lot of higher grass along the trail, likely there due to the lesser use this section of the trail gets past 7 Falls. The grass was wet from the all the rain that day and before, so below my knees were soaked, all the way to my feet. After all the work we did to try to keep our feet dry, it was of absolutely no use once we got to this area.

As we neared the high point of the hike, I was looking forward to it so we could finally start hiking downhill and give my legs a break. I could feel myself getting sore during the ascent, which doesn't usually happen for me. I guess all the local hiking in the county and city parks without a lot of climbing has taken a bit of a toll in terms of conditioning. In addition, I forgot my hiking stick for this hike. Fortunately, not long after 7 Falls, I found a dead agave right next to the trail and used the saw on my handy dandy Swiss Army Knife to cut the ends and make a very stable hiking stick.

A little after passing the high point of the hike, we stopped and took lunch. Since we were still high up, the temperature was pretty cool. The cooler temps bothered Joe more than they bothered me, but that seems mainly due to the difference in body types. Just as we finished, a wave of rain came in that was the strongest one of the day. Fortunately it didn't last long and as we descended, the temps got warmer. The grasslands up in this area are nice. Looking higher on some of the surrounding mountains we could see snow, a lot more near the junction of Sabino Canyon and East Fork Trails. Clouds were covering the tops of almost all the mountains, so at times it was little hard to make out.

After we passed the junction for the trail to the tram in Sabino Canyon, more and more hikers were encountered. One even mentioned my hiking stick, asking if I bought it at the visitor center . Towards the end of the hike the sun came out more, making the temperatures even warmer, and better opportunity for pictures.

Finished in just under 9 hours, including the lunch break, which I had hoped for in terms of timing. My speed on this was a little better than usual for lesser used trails. The cooler weather definitely helped me for this. It seemed like less work doing a longer hike like this keeping cooler and not needing as much water.
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Feb 11 2017
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55 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,962
Hiking17.79 Miles 2,821 AEG
Hiking17.79 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.77 mph
2,821 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had suggested a couple hikes to JohnLP last night once I realized I was free for the better part of the day. He came back with this one and I am glad he did! It was freaking fantastic. Water was flowing everywhere and Seven Falls was spectacular.

The day got a tad warm for just a bit but overall nearly perfect. Afterwards we put the hurts on some Tacos and BKs! Great Day in my book!

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Feb 11 2017
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65 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
johnlpTriplogs 4,382
Hiking17.79 Miles 2,821 AEG
Hiking17.79 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.77 mph
2,821 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I have hiked a few times in the Catalinas but never any of these trails. JJ and I took off our shoes and waded across the creek that poured over the road as we approached the Bear Canyon trail from the parking lot. Quite a few creek crossings ensued but we kept our feet dry. Not an easy task. It looked like we were the only ones to do so. Nick called us pumpkins for not just wading across. :o

We heard running, rushing, and roaring water nearly the entire hike. Expansive views and sheer canyon walls dominated. Seven Falls is running at a good flow. Pretty cool!

All in all a very nice hike. JJ took us to BK's for a big lunch. Yum! Thanks for everything John. :)
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Aug 19 2016
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 Carrboro, NC
Courthouse Loop, AZ 
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afrankieTriplogs 128
Mtn Biking3.61 Miles 263 AEG
Mtn Biking3.61 Miles
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An afternoon loop around Courthouse was cut short with a mid-trip flat so I hit one of the shorter-trails back to call it a day. I got a new pump, which I soon learned how little I enjoy it :) , so after getting my body and mind out of whack taking forever to change my rear tube I felt satisfied in calling it a day and taking a stretch out walk around Bell. Gorgeous afternoon that turned to evening though...
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Aug 18 2016
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47 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,544
Hiking8.30 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   3.30 mph
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Phone line down Historic trail. Saw a desert tortoise!
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Aug 08 2016
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   4.80 mph
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took a beating on this one :bdh:
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Jul 20 2016
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   5.22 mph
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humid sloppy mess after the rain. ate a lot of gnats :o
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Jun 15 2016
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,431
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
 Run/Jog8.00 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   5.11 mph
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the unthinkable happened...i felt good :lol:
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May 23 2016
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47 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,544
Hiking8.30 Miles 600 AEG
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hot after work hike followed by salads from Whole Foods at the bar.
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May 19 2016
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Run/Jog8.00 Miles 1,120 AEG
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great running route. been a while
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May 06 2016
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47 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirlTriplogs 1,544
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Before work hike. My friend didn't want to encounter the bees so we did the phone line. She managed to trip and fall so we decided to cut it short by going down the Historic trail. She had banged both knee caps really bad. Almost to the road and she stumbled into a prickly pear - definitely not her day!
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 Tucson, Arizona
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.63 mph
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Having recently moved to Arizona, this is my first hike in this state. It was an excellent day for a hike and I was excited to try out this new activity. I started at the parking lot and walked to the trailhead. The initial elevation gain was tough and concerned me as to the overall difficulty of the hike. Once the trail leveled out, the hike was very pleasant and enjoyable. There were some people on the trail, but overall it was not crowded, and everyone was very friendly. Having moved here from the Midwest, I was overly vigilant about snakes and Africanized honey bees. I think this detracted from the hike a little as any section where I heard a sustained buzzing I made sure to scurry through quickly. Hopefully, after I get more hikes under my belt I will be able to become more acclimated to the possible dangerous wildlife and not have to worry as much. The trail provided some excellent views of the canyon. At the end of the trail, I picked up the tram path and walked that back to the parking lot. Overall, an excellent first hike and a great welcome to Tucson.
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Feb 29 2016
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 Tucson, AZ
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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uphill_junkieTriplogs 944
Hiking7.51 Miles 2,380 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.80 mph
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A member of SACC wanted to find people to hike with during the weekdays, so I readily volunteered since I'm usually out by myself. He'd never done Blackett's before, so we hiked that, then ended up talking to this super nice older couple on top from Ouray (we had a lot to talk about!) for about an hour! Then we headed over on the Phoneline Trail to the Link down to the Creek trail to get a bit more in. He was a lot slower than I would've hiked, but it was nice to have company. :D
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 Tucson, AZ
Thimble PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MSimmonsTriplogs 62
Hiking22.44 Miles 4,205 AEG
Hiking22.44 Miles   9 Hrs   42 Mns   2.73 mph
4,205 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break
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This was a big old Sabino/Bear Loop, with excursions to Sycamore Reservoir and Thimble Peak. The day begin with a robust discussion concerning whether we ought to begin the loop through Sabino or Bear. We eventually settled on the latter, and following this worthy exercise in rational discourse, we totally whiffed the plan by missing the Bear Canyon turnoff. So clockwise it was!

We expected East Fork Trail to stick to the crick, so we were surprised when, shortly after the Palisades Trail turnoff, we found ourselves ascending the southern wall of the basin. The views of Cathedral Rock during this little climb were awesome, and before long we were up on the ridge that divides the Sabino Canyon basin area from the Sycamore Reservoir basin area. I'd assumed these two valleys were continuous, but they are indeed separated, with water flowing west along East Fork Trail and east along Sycamore Reservoir Trail. For lunch we popped down to Sycamore Reservoir. A shady and pleasant spot, with a nicely framed view of Thimble Peak.

The trail from Bear Canyon up to Thimble Peak was scruppy but reasonably distinct. It was also pretty gainy, and with over 10 miles already behind us, there MAY have been some B+M'ing at this point. Entirely worth it, of course. The meadow around the summit is a skyborn oasis, with Thimble Rock looming like a watchtower at the periphery. We didn't attempt to scale the rock, but the view even from its base must be one of the best in the Catalinas, with views of Mt Kimball, Window Peak, Cathedral Rock, Lemmon Canyon, Mt Lemmon, the Mt Lemmon Hwy, and countless other spectacular features.

Seven Falls was really chuggin, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the best part of the descent was that fourteen-inch cheesesteak (with jalapenos) that immediately followed.
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