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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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Apr 01 2022
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking4.05 Miles 635 AEG
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Distraction hike with Shauna after having to put our dog to sleep. Awful day.
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Mar 20 2022
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Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking4.05 Miles 635 AEG
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Sedona Loop Hike
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Family hike from overflow lot, along Sabino Creek to 1st road crossing, then up Phoneline Link. Took Phoneline and Bluff Trail back to the overflow parking lot. Great storm clouds and a bit of light rain.
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Dec 18 2021
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2021
PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking8.03 Miles 1,178 AEG
Hiking8.03 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.87 mph
1,178 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Dec 05 2021
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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BiFrostTriplogs 1,070
Hiking9.67 Miles 2,044 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   4 Hrs      2.70 mph
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We were in Tucson for family stuff and decided to do the Sabino-Bear Canyon Loop on Sunday. But due to late start and general lack of motivation we opted for the easy short loop. Basically up the Sabino Canyon road to the end and back on Phoneline Trail. I have not been on the road for probably over 20 years but it was really pleasant walk even with the usual crowd. Phoneline was very nice with only a few people on the traverse.
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Nov 18 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Basin, AZ 
Sabino Basin, AZ
 
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Run/Jog13.10 Miles 1,752 AEG
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up sabino road then sabino 23 out to the east/west fork junction. sabino 23 is in much better shape than couple months ago. i was slow but it was a gorgeous morning.
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Nov 04 2021
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking8.13 Miles 1,161 AEG
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For some reason the Sabino Historic trail isn't listed.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Sep 16 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Run/Jog13.10 Miles 1,695 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   4.94 mph
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sabino road to the end then up to sabino 23. was going to take that out to the basin and trail junctions but it is so overgrown right now that i couldn't run more than 10 feet at a time and eventually just turned around about half way and bailed. came back on phoneline, then took bear canyon out to the road end. came back and cut over to sabino road on the lookout road.

got hot at the end otherwise nice morning
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Aug 22 2021
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking4.70 Miles 818 AEG
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Counterclockwise loop on Phoneline, Phoneline Link, and Sabino Dam. Had a refreshing swim in Sabino Creek at the halfway point.
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Aug 12 2021
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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 1,512 AEG
Run/Jog8.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   4.90 mph
1,512 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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2 mile warmup then hard up phoneline. rained all night, so it was incredibly humid. the creek crossing was mid thigh.

not sure i have ever sweated so much, and trust me, that is saying something.

mountains looked amazing, covered in green with low clouds and gold sunlight mixed together.
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May 13 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Run/Jog7.80 Miles 1,043 AEG
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glorious morning. up sabino, down phoneline
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Apr 14 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Run/Jog7.86 Miles 1,027 AEG
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first time running this morning loop before work in quite a while. felt great to be back. couldn't ask for a nicer morning
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Apr 02 2021
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Sabino Canyon Loop, AZ 
Sabino Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking8.59 Miles 1,085 AEG
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March was a bust for hiking, I think I got a whopping 6 miles in for the month, terrible. The house painting is done so it's time to get back to a little hiking. Ginny and I did a local hike in Sabino Canyon. I have hiked this many times but was a first for Ginny. We hiked up Sabino Canyon Road and came back along the Phoneline Trail which is about 600 feet above the creek bottom. The hike was 8.5 miles total with about 1100 feet of elevation gain. A good starter hike to wake up the body after letting it go lazy for a month. Sabino Canyon had a light flow but no water across the bridges as it was last year.

We started at the Sabino Canyon overflow parking along Sabino Canyon road and took the .4 mile trail to the road. There is a fee for parking in this lot but the National park pass is accepted. The walk along the road was pleasant and not too many people on it. There was no water across the bridges but there is a moderate flow. The cottonwoods were in their spring green, saw a couple saguaros with blooms but they were in the minority. Very scant flower showing along the Phoneline Trail. The cactus look a little more hydrated than they did in January.

We took the Historic Sabino Canyon Trail #23A up to the Phoneline Trail. This Trail starts at a signed junction with the road just after crossing the last bridge, I believe #9. This trail is a short .7 miles and climbs about 600 feet. Great views of upper and lower Sabino Canyon and the ridge above that separates Sabino and Bear Canyon. Great views of Thimble Peak.

The Phoneline Trail is pretty much a level walk down canyon with a little elevation climb just prior to the link trail. Always a great trail to get a birds eye view of the canyon. Just before the link trail there is an enormous rock that fell from the cliffs above and upon reaching its resting place decided to split, the lower portion slid a little more downhill. Worth spending a little time exploring. I could not find an easy way to get to the lower portion but I'm sure there are some more energetic hikers that would be able to do that.

The Link trail was our route back to the creek bed. This trail is an easy down hill maybe a little more drawn out than it needs to be though, very long switchbacks. Probably easier to come up this trail and head down the Historic Sabino Trail #23A.
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Mar 26 2021
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking5.30 Miles 930 AEG
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After work hike from Sabino overflow lot to Phone Line Link Trail to Phone Line Trail. Took a short break atop a huge flat boulder by the trail to admire my surroundings and watch the storm clouds roll in before heading back. Watched Mr and Mrs great horned owl exchange hoots and circle the cliffs above the creek. Beautiful evening.
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Jan 30 2021
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sabino Basin, AZ 
Sabino Basin, AZ
 
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Run/Jog14.00 Miles 1,854 AEG
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Nice run out to Sabino basin. Took the road out to Sabino 23 and took that to the east/west fork junction. Came back on full length of phoneline. Cut over on bluffs trail and back on lower esperero to add a little distance.

Glorious morning after a night of rain. There was some water running in the upper parts of Sabino 23.
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Jan 23 2021
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,791
Hiking4.00 Miles 650 AEG
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Counter-clockwise loop up Phone Line Trail, down Phone Line Link Trail, and return on the Sabino Canyon Road, with Shauna. Great ragged sunset clouds against saguaro silhouettes, and the usual owl calls heard at dusk. Post-hike, some young guy living the hippy “van life” in a giant school bus with a trailer behind it asked us about parking his behemoth in the Sabino Canyon lot overnight. I wished him luck.
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Jan 10 2021
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Sabino - Bear Canyon LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 10 2021
SpiderLegsTriplogs 779
Run/Jog16.80 Miles 2,567 AEG
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According to the folks at Tucson Trail Runners (TTR) this iconic loop has been run by more runners over the past 50 years than any other big loop in the area. Plus it is one of the longest continuously run events in the trail running community. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the record being set on this loop, they put out the challenge to see who could break two hours. Because of storm damage to the trails in the 80's that's never been fixed, the record from 1981 of 1:51 will probably stand forever. TTR works with the Forest Service to make sure everything is legal, they do not collect entry fees, no prizes are awarded and there is no mass start. You leave in groups of 2-3 people to lower the impact and TTR works with the Forest Service to do lots of trail maintenance on any trail that they use. Bob Martin (who literally wrote the first books on peak bagging in Arizona) was part of the original group of guys that started this event back in the 1970's.

Started at the east end of the parking lot and took the road to the Bear Canyon/Seven Falls turnoff. To shave off a little bit on the return, the race course just takes the paved Sabino Canyon road from the end of the tram line. The winner this year did break two hours with a smoking time of 1:56, I brought up the rear about two hours later.
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Jan 06 2021
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2021
WaitingForRainTriplogs 661
Hiking8.10 Miles 833 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.47 mph
833 ft AEG
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I was planning on hiking up to West Fork, but I got too excited about Phoneline and ended up doing that instead after hiking a bit down Sabino towards West Fork. I honestly had no idea how many amazing trails branch out from Sabino- I should have known better!
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Dec 21 2020
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55 male
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Blacketts RidgeTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 21 2020
SpiderLegsTriplogs 779
Run/Jog9.30 Miles 2,100 AEG
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Every year to celebrate another full circle around the sun I generally try to do a long run or hike on my birthday to assess the damage of Father Time. Figured on a Monday morning, Sabino Canyon would be fairly empty and for the most part I was right. Got to the parking lot around 10 AM and it was only half full, despite the glorious weather.

The goal was to get in 2.5 hours and sneak in a climb. Casually ran up the road until the Phone Line turnoff and headed up towards Blackett's Ridge. Made decent time up and topped out on Blackett's in 52 minutes from the car. Which according to my stat book puts me roughly 90 seconds slower than my best time two and a half years ago. This confirms I have reached the end of the era of setting PR's and now the goal is to keep within a few minutes of my best times.

Scooted back down Blackett's and decided to scope out Bear Canyon for a little bit. In January there will be an attempt to get close to the 40 year old record around the Bear Canyon Loop. A small crew of trail runners has been going out to scrub up the trail and it appears that their efforts are successful. The section of trail I did, the plants were all cut back and any loose rocks have been raked off the trail. The current record set in the early 80's for the 17 mile Bear Canyon Loop is 1:49, will be interesting to see how close the current crop of fast runners in Tucson can get. Apparently right after the record was set, much of the course was destroyed by a large rainstorm and nobody has been able to get within 15 minutes of the record.
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Nov 17 2020
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Phoneline Trail #27Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2020
PivoTriplogs 3,829
Hiking9.23 Miles 1,194 AEG
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Mar 20 2020
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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Sabino Canyon Phone line Loop, AZ 
Sabino Canyon Phone line Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking9.79 Miles 1,273 AEG
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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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