Tumbling Dice is just a Shot Away
The Phone Line trail in Sabino Canyon is moderate hike. This trail follows the southern side of the tram road up into and along Sabino Canyon, about several hundred feet above it. It’s a nice distance on an easy to follow trail with great views up into Sabino Canyon all along the way. This trail is also popular with trail runners as it is fairly level after the initial elevation changes at either end.
To reach the beginning of the Phone Line Trail you start out from the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center following the Bear Canyon Trail, which begins at the eastern corner of the parking lot, to the right of the visitors center. This first section follows a wide dirt track, formally a shuttle road, till it reaches a paved section of road. Turn right on the paved road, and follow it downhill to another intersection, next to a building containing restrooms. Here, you’ll turn right again, and follow the road across Sabino Creek and uphill to the last intersection. Straight in front you, the Phone Line trail leaves the road (at a small sign announcing it’s departure) and climbs a short distance up to the spine of a ridge where it splits. To the right the Bear Canyon trail heads off toward Seven Falls. To the left, the Phone Line Trail heads gently up the ridge on it’s way into Sabino Canyon. Turn left here and formally begin your journey.
Initially the trail gains elevation and heads towards the western flank of Blackett’s Ridge. After a little over one-half a mile a sign marks the beginning of the Blackett’s Ridge trail to your right. The Phone Line continues onward to skirt the the western edge of the ridge, then eventually curves north, then east around it to start it’s northeastern trek into Sabino Canyon.
As you round the bend, great views up into Sabino and the Catalina high country will be your guide the rest of the way. You can also see the tram road climbing up the canyon as well. You are now hundreds of feet above it, you can see little specks (people) cruising along the path. Thimble peak and Blackett’s Ridge are up and to your right. As you pass these, new peaks guide you further into the canyon. The going is easy. Multiple large rock outcroppings on your left along the way provide good sites to have lunch. As you finally reach the end of the line, the trail starts switchbacking down. You can see the circular turnaround beneath you for the trams. Switchbacking down, the Phone Line meets up with Sabino Canyon trails (which continue up the canyon). Continue downward to the road. Enjoy nice views, then re climb
Cramped conditions and inadequate access to water are both common risk factors among mobile food vendors. What was surprising was the contamination risk posed by a source that hasn’t gotten much attention in the past: the security wristbands that both food vendors and attendees are often required to wear at these events. Fully 20 percent of wristbands sampled were covered with gut-busting bacteria like E. coli.
NPR’s food blog on studies of the risk of foodborne illnesses at music festivals
If you are heading to Coachella this weekend, take heart: Tyler Skrove, who oversees food inspections at the festival, tells NPR that inspectors have never had a report of foodborne illness at the festival in the three years he’s been on the job.
Better bring your Depends and Hydration Pack!!!
Tucson, there are many reasons why I have relocated from my life in New Jersey, Cost of living, Climate Change on many levels, adventure, my partner and wife’s desire to reside closer to her parents, and the wonderful landscape surrounding or home.
Just 5 miles down the road is Sabino Canyon, a natural desert oasis which is a part of Coronado National Forest. This spectacular desert landscape is a great place to explore on foot, with Hiking trails for all people and fitness goals. Along the hike you can become immersed in the peaceful desert surrounding and abundant wildlife.
The fly over above was a hike that my wife and a couple of friends set out on the other morning on April 11 2013. The weather was just perfect for this workout, much better than spending time on the treadmill at the gym.
Well what do you think? From the look of these Saguaro Cacti, the mountain was happy to see us!
Sabino Canyon is a wonderful place to spend the day hiking the Catalina foothills. The hiking trails range in difficulty from leisurely stroll, just taking in the desert landscape and all its bounty, to the advanced expert climbs to spectacular summits.
Total Length 6.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 4410 feet
Lowest Elevation: 2600 feet
Elevation Change: 1810 feet
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
Best Seasons: Spring Fall Winter
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours ( 1/2 miles per hour est)
Dogs: Dogs not allowed
This is a classic hike which takes you to the top of the ridge between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon. From here there are great views in all directions. Tucson is spread out below you, Mt. Lemmon and the Wilderness of Rocks are visible to the north, and you can peer down into both Sabino and Bear Canyons. A fantastic day in the mountain desertscape!
•This is part of the National Parks System, and another reason to support and become an annual member. http://www.sabinocanyon.com/
•The Sabino Canyon parking lot can fill up on nice weekends, so get there early. Do not try to park on the side of the road near the entrance; several people have reported getting $100+ tickets for parking by the side of the road near Sabino Canyon.
•Dogs are not allowed in the main canyon area, or on the Bear Canyon or Sabino Canyon trails.
Tony Pallagrosi is the king of music promotion, so give him the reigns and tell the powers that be ” Move Aside and Let The Man Walk Through”