Saturday, March 1, 2014

Phoneline Trail and Sabino Canyon Road Loop February, 22, 2014

                               On the Phoneline trail looking down Sabino Canyon.

Last weekend I completed a loop at Sabino Canyon by hiking the Phoneline trail to the top of Sabino Canyon and back on Sabino Canyon Roads. This loop is about 8.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1600 feet. This hike has no route finding involved and the trail is easy to follow. However, if you are looking for solitude do not hike this route on the weekend. On Saturday I saw three large groups and the parking area was totally full by 10 am. I would suggest to visit Sabino Canyon during the week or get to the trail head around 8 am. Trams run up and down Sabino Canyon all day so it is possible to take the tram back to the Visitor's Center if you do not want to hike along the road.
                       A picturesque tree along the Phonline

                          Poppies in the Catalinas.

                          Great-tailed Grackle

                        At the top of the Sabino Canyon

                                                On the road.