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    Sabino Lake Loop

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    Very Easy
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    3.7 km
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    44 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Sabino Lake Loop is a 3.2 km hike through the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, which is known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. This heavily trafficked easy trail explores the area above the wash and lake at the mouth of the Sabino Canyon. This hike is excellent for its ease of access from the city and for its diverse, beautiful terrain. You’ll hike next to towering saguaros and prickly pears and witness the area’s astounding bird population fly by.

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    Route Description for Sabino Lake Loop

    The Sabino Lake Loop is a wonderful easy hike in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area near Tucson. It’s conveniently accessible from the northeastern edge of the city near the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The scenery in this park is excellent and there’s an impressive array of plant and animal species to look for. This hike is a good pick if you want to enjoy the canyon area’s scenery but want to pass on the more strenuous trails that lead into the canyon.

    This area is known for its diversity of bird species, so birders and casual enthusiasts alike will want to keep their eyes on the sky. You can also appreciate the flora of the desert in all its glory. Even though this is an easier hike, you’ll still want to bring water with you and avoid hiking in the heat of the day.

    From the trailhead, take the route just north of E Remount Place towards the canyon. At the fork in the trail, go left to trace the wash. Sabino Lake is visible from up here, and you can look ahead into the canyon. Hiking along the wash, you’ll turn left onto N Upper Sabino Canyon Road to begin your return trip. Follow this road all the way back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Sabino Lake Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Sabino Lake Loop is in the parking area for the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

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