Cathedral Rock Trail #26

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Use of this trail is relatively light due to its rugged nature and because access to either end of the trail is rather difficult. Add to this the fact that a large section of the trail is either very steep or narrow and rocky and you end up with a trail that is definitely not recommended for novices. Vegetation along the trail varies from upper Sonoran desert to pine and oak woodlands of the transition zone. Views from the trail are exceptional, highlighted by Cathedral Rock, Esperero Canyon, and Sabino Canyon while Tucson glitters in a sprawling pool far below. This trail does not lead to the summit of Cathedral Rock. Hikers who wish to scramble up the rugged maze of routes that leads to that 7,952 foot high summit, the highest in the front range, will need technical rock climbing experience to reach their goal. Most will be content with getting a bit closer and admiring Cathedral Rock from below with the respect it deserves.

At a Glance

Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No dogs allowed. Motorized and mechanical vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. See the Wilderness section of this guide for more wilderness rules and ethics.
Water: Water can be found in some of the small drainages off Cathedral Rock during the wettest months of the year. Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District

General Information

Directions: This trail is accessible only via other trails; from the Esperero Trail #25, 6.5 miles in, and from the West Fork Trail #24, 7.5 miles from the end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle road.



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  Area/Length : 
2.9 miles

  Elevation : 
5,320 feet - 6,920 feet