Bear Canyon #29

Bear Canyon Trail

This trail is located in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and offers access to the dramatic landscape of the Santa Catalina Front Range, famous for its deep canyons and soaring ridges.   The trail begins at the east end of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center parking lot and heads east.  You can walk from the visitor center (following the trail and roads), or ride the East Fork #24A (area is unavailable) and the Sycamore Reservoir #39 trails. The East Fork Trail follows Sabino Creek 2.1 miles to the junction with Sabino Canyon Trail. From this point it is 2.5 miles back to the end of the road where hikers can catch a shuttle bus ride (for a fee) or walk back to your car to complete a 13.4 mile loop.

At a Glance

Fees: A Coronado National Forest or Interagency (America the Beautiful) pass must be displayed. Day use passes can be purchased at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center for $8. Learn more about passes and permits.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanical vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in wilderness.
Water: Drinking water is available at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District   520-749-8700

General Information


From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson turn north on Sabino Canyon Road and follow it 4 miles to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Visitor Center. From the Visitor Center, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., hikers can take the shuttle (for a fee) to Bear Canyon. If you prefer, or if the shuttle bus is not running, you can hike to the trailhead along the shuttle bus route. Equestrians must stay on the designated horse trails.


Day Hiking

Spectacular canyon, lush desert, long distance views, backcountry access. Loop possibilities. Trail #24A is a segment of the Arizona Trail. All of these trails, except for 1.7 miles of Bear Canyon Trail, are within Pusch Ridge Wilderness. USGS Map(s): Sabino Canyon
Elevation desc 2,700 - 5,000 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
8.3 miles

  Elevation : 
2,700 feet - 5,000 feet