Though the stream in Pima Canyon is dry for most of the year, it supports an excellent example of a desert riparian habitat located conveniently close to the Tucson metropolitan area. Unfortunately, that accessibility has resulted in significant overuse of this beautiful and fragile area, especially during the winter, its season of highest use. From the trailhead, located among suburban ranchos, the trail ascends a V-shaped notch carved along the south face of Pusch Ridge. Views down the canyon get better as you climb, encompassing the city of Tucson as well as distant mountains and valleys. The riparian area on the floor of the canyon provides excellent birdwatching for a wide variety of resident and migratory species that make use of this most productive of all desert habitat types. Other desert creatures you may encounter in this area include javelina and jackrabbits, but the real viewing prize of Pima Canyon and the entire Pusch Ridge area are the desert bighorn sheep that maintain a surefooted existence here among rocky crags and rugged canyons. Beyond Pima Spring, the trail becomes steeper and harder to follow as it continues to climb to the upper slopes of Mt. Kimball. Incentives for persevering here are good views of Window Rock and Cathedral Rock. Trail #62 ends at its junction with the Finger Rock Trail #42.
At a Glance
Flash Flood Danger
Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.
Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Santa Catalina Ranger District
Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700
Directions: Drive north from Tucson on the Oracle Road (US 89). Turn east on Magee Road and drive to the parking area and trailhead at road’s end.
Riparian forest, canyon hike, craggy peaks, watchable wildlife. Tucson views. 7.6 miles of the trail are within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Upper reaches of this trail are hard to find. USGS Map(s): Tucson North, Oro Valley