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Rattlesnake Canyon - Catalina - 5 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 20 2020
markthurman53
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 Guides 104
 Routes 544
 Photos 6,493
 Triplogs 444

66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Sabino Canyon Phone line Loop, AZ 
Sabino Canyon Phone line Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
markthurman53
Hiking9.79 Miles 1,273 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.50 mph
1,273 ft AEG      24 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Did a hike in Sabino Canyon along Sabino Canyon Road and Return on the Phone line Trail. I parked in the Overflow lot north of the main parking area. The main parking area was closed so it left a lot of congestion along the road. I am not sure why they closed the main lot, they could of left it open even though the facilities are closed. The creek was running pretty full. all nine bridges required getting your feet wet mid way to the knees, higher if you run. Cottonwood trees were in their new green attire. Great day for this hike temperatures in the upper 50's low 60's. I've done this hike enough times that I was not expecting to be impressed but I was. The large rocks along the Phone line Trail that have come down from the cliffs above always seem to impress me though. There were lots of people along the road at least through the first 3 or 4 bridges then it thinned out. The Phone Line Trail had very few people on it. The trams were not running. There were a variety of wild flowers in bloom, some I know the name of others I don't.
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Feb 23 2017
markthurman53
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 Guides 104
 Routes 544
 Photos 6,493
 Triplogs 444

66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Mount Lemmon Sabino canyon Trek, AZ 
Mount Lemmon Sabino canyon Trek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2017
markthurman53
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,521 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.97 mph
1,521 ft AEG      32 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This hike is a smorgasbord of trails that I have not done or have not done in many years. Trails include, Esperaro Trail, Rattlesnake trail, Sabino Creek Trail, Sabino Canyon Trail and Historical Sabino Canyon Trail, also Sabino Canyon Road. Trails are all well maintained and heavily used (Seen more people in 1 hour along the trail than I have hiking the Arizona Trail for the last 3 years). No need for water report. This hike is another one of those hikes you do when you need a down day a want to take a nice easy walk. The scenery is always beautiful in this canyon.
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Aug 30 2014
mdfabbrini
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 Guides 1
 Routes 34
 Photos 338
 Triplogs 397

61 male
 Joined May 25 2014
 Mount Shasta, CA
Lower Sabino Canyon & Rattlesnake Cyn, AZ 
Lower Sabino Canyon & Rattlesnake Cyn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
mdfabbrini
Hiking3.46 Miles 352 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.92 mph
352 ft AEG      3 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
Quick sprint before dinner. Lesson learned: distracted hiking is just as bad as distracted driving. I looked up from my phone (I was checking HAZTracks) just in time to avoid stepping on a 3 foot rattlesnake.

It was a beautiful evening out. Not many people in the canyon - maybe 20 cars in the parking lot.

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Dec 29 2012
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
 Routes 309
 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,327

44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
McFall CragsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2012
GrottoGirl
Hiking10.08 Miles 3,356 AEG
Hiking10.08 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   1.68 mph
3,356 ft AEG   3 Hrs   26 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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RedwallNHops
vagabondjeff
wooozie
We went up Rattlesnake canyon and then went up to McFall Crags. We had all the info from SAHC hikers about how to do the peak but ended up finding a different route up from the west side. Awesome day, awesome hike, awesome people!

We also created a new name for shindaggers. Hoo Hoo pokers. I wonder if the pumpkin filter will get that one :)

I made it to 1200 miles!!!!
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Dec 29 2012
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 290
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44 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
McFall CragsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2012
RedwallNHops
Hiking10.08 Miles 3,356 AEG
Hiking10.08 Miles   9 Hrs   26 Mns   1.68 mph
3,356 ft AEG   3 Hrs   26 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Baja Arizona Hiking
GrottoGirl
vagabondjeff
wooozie
Did this via Rattlesnake canyon. Only a few more front range peaks left!
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Dec 04 2008
imike
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 Guides 253
 Photos 6,930
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70 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Rattlesnake Canyon - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 04 2008
imike
Canyoneering9.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Right in the midst of the most popular outdoor area in Tucson (Sabino Canyon Recreation area) lies an unmarked gem of a hiking experience. Just a few years ago, this canyon route was a tangle of overgrown mesquite, requiring either dedication or blood sacrifice to make your way up and through the lower portions, but a flood a few years ago changed all of that. In fact, it changed that entire drainage for a few years. What had been a flat, sandy bottom stroll turned into a rock filled jumble for awhile. The sand is now back, and the tangle has yet to return.

What this route offers is a getaway from the surrounding crowds who mostly confine themselves to the marked trails and paved roadways, not realizing that immediately adjacent to all of those overcrowded trails lies this classic desert hiway... a sandy bottom, winding drainage hike. The charactersitic of this hike moves from the more open flat river bottom, to more narrow rock defiles, with a variety of small waterfall (usually dry)obstacles to enjoy working around. These little challanges grow in stature as you work your way higher up into the drainage, with views of Rattlesnake Peak and McFall Crags towering above... but not really that far above. There are numerous opportunities to head off and up to any of those surrounding ridges and peaks. Breakfast Canyon lying just over the ridge to the right provides an alternative return route if a loop sounds more desirable.

If you take the time to hike up the upper end of this drainage, the challenge obstacles continue to grow, with 70' to 150' side drainage waterfalls to enjoy scaling.

This hike begins around 2800' and effectively works up into the 4800' range. Since it is effectively off trail, be prepared to address lose and unstable foot placements throughout the hike. Even large rocks in there can tend to be teetor-totters at times, and the riverbank sides, ever changing, remain unstable.

It is easy to spend three hours wandering up to the head of this canyon, and there are numerous side splits to distract more time. It is well worth the efforts to keep moving; it only gets better as you go further in.

Take plenty of water... it is a fully exposed hike. If you decide to loop up and over to Breakfast Canyon for the return trip, be very aware of the unstable nature of most of those side cliffs.

There is a large population of deer that enjoy the refuge provided in the upper reaches of Breakfast Canyon, and numerous javalina wandering in both.

The greatest benefit of this hike is the out and away feel it provides, while originating at the very same parking lot for those hundreds of other park goers nowhere nearby.

There is an entry fee for parking in the Sabino Canyon parking area.
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Apr 20 2008
Jeffshadows
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 Guides 28
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 Photos 672
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42 male
 Joined Jan 30 2008
 Old Pueblo
Rattlesnake Canyon - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 20 2008
Jeffshadows
Canyoneering9.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
2,100 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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1st trip
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fricknaley
Went into Rattlesnake Canyon with the Fraleys for an awesome morning of sights and wildlife. We're definitely not finished with that area of Sabino :) ...
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Apr 19 2008
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Rattlesnake Canyon - CatalinaTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2008
fricknaley
Canyoneering9.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering9.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 no routes
1st trip
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allen fraley
Out prowling around in Rattlesnake Cayon with Jeff MacE and my dad...scouting some future hikes. Great day in a totally secluded canyon. As this canyon narrows down farther up it gets very nice. Good day for wildlife too. Second Gila Monster of the year and a cool little Garter snake.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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