Pima Canyon

Distance6.4 miles
Elevation Gain850 feet
Difficulty LevelModerate
Approx Hiking Time3 - 4 hours
Best SeasonsFall, Winter, Spring
Cost per person
(two person minimum)

This is a very popular, moderate hike through one of the most scenic canyons of the Santa Catalina range. Be sure to go early on nice weekends because the parking lot fills up early. You will probably see a lot of people on the trail. This hike is best done during the Fall, Winter, or Spring months. Not recommended during the Summer months.

Departing from the trailhead at the east end of Magee Road, the trail crosses the desert floor, heading toward the mouth of Pima Canyon. This part of the trail is well-marked and crosses a right-of-way established across private property. After about 20 minutes, the trail reaches the mouth of the canyon and starts up the canyon bottom.

This part of Pima Canyon is very spectacular, with steep rock faces rising on either side. Rosewood Point rises dramatically on the south side of the canyon, while "the Cleaver" separates Pusch Ridge from Table Mountain on the north. Another 30 minutes into the canyon (about an hour from the trailhead) the trail passes through a stand of large cottonwood trees. There is often water in the stream here, but it all depends on the amount of rain that falls in the days and weeks prior to your hike. You might get your feet wet!

Another 45 minutes past the cottonwoods, the trail reaches a small dam, which is surrounded by flat rocks. This is the turn-around point for this hike. We'll take a short break here, enjoying the canyon views while we have a snack. We'll also locate the metates that have been ground into the bedrock by ancient Indian tribes who inhabited this area centuries ago.

This hike is perfect for relatively inexperienced hikers who want to experience a beautiful desert canyon.