Located on the south-east edge of the Santa Catalina Mountains the La Milagrosa Trail follows the ridge between two beautiful canyons to a junction with the Bellota Trail.
- Hike Type: Out and Back
- Hiking Distance: 10.2 miles
- Elevation Gain: 2,100'
- Elevation Loss: 2,100'
- Highest Elevation: 4,050'
- Lowest Elevation: 2,800'
- Location: This hike is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.
- Start/End: Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead (City's Edge Hikes)
- Driving Distance from Speedway Campbell: 14.6 miles
- Driving Time from Speedway Campbell: 35 Minutes
- Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car
- Fee: No
- Dogs: Yes
- Bikes: Yes
- East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
- Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
- Left on Catalina Highway (3.7 miles)
- Right on Snyder (1.3 miles)
- Left on Avenida De Suzenu (0.3 miles)
- The parking is the dirt shoulder on the side of Suzenu south of Horsehead Road.
Right: Sunburst Beetle in La Milagrosa Canyon. March 2015.
The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly).
- 0.0 miles, 2780′: Start at the Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead [Waypoint thast]. Walk around the gate and east along Horsehead Road.
- 0.6 miles, 2800′: Pass Wentworth Road and continue east around a gate [Waypoint hhr-lmg], across Molino Canyon and up a small hill.
- 0.8 miles, 2810′: After the trail makes a short descent look for an unsigned junction and take a left (to the east) for the Milagrosa Trail [Waypoint lmg-acc-w]. (The Agua Caliente Canyon Trail continues to the right to the Agua Caliente Wash – see the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail Loop for more information.)
- The trail climbs onto the north ridge of Milagrosa Canyon.
- 1.2 miles, 3110′: The trail passes a gate and fence [Waypoint lmg01] – in early 2015 the gate had fallen over.
- At about 1.3 miles – just before the trail turns north and descends to the bottom of La Milagrosa Canyon – an obvious side-trail takes you to an area that overlooks a deep section of canyon that often holds a large pool of water.
- 1.5 miles, 3130′: Cross La Milagrosa Canyon at a lovely rocky spot – especially when there is water this is a great place for a break. [Waypoint lmg02]
- After crossing La Milagrosa Canyon the trail climbs to the top of the ridge between Agua Caliente and La Milagrosa Canyons.
- 2.4 miles, 3590′: At an unsigned junction the La Milagrosa Canyon Trail continues to the left along the ridge – to the right the Agua Caliente Canyon Trail descends steeply into Agua Caliente Canyon [Waypoint lmg-acc-e]. (See the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyon Trail Loop for more information about the Agua Caliente Canyon Trail.)
- 3.9 miles, 3990′: Cross a fence and continues along the ridgeline. [Waypoint lmg03]
- 5.1 miles, 3980′: Unsigned junction of the La Milagrosa and Bellota Trail. [Waypoint bl-lmg]
Right: Crossing La Milagrosa Canyon. February 2015.
Approximately 1.6 miles from the Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead, not long after crossing La Milagrosa Canyon [Waypoint lmg-acc], several maps show a road (or trail) splitting off from the La Milagrosa Trail that goes to Whitetail Tank. While Whitetail Tank is not a difficult hike the trail/road is very obscure for most of it’s length and hiking to Whitetail Tank is best considered an off-trail adventure – read more in Whitetail Tank – 1/3/2015.
- Tucson Trail Runners – Soldier/Milagrosa Loop
- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists – LA MILAGROSA
- Mountain Project – La Milagrosa Canyon
- The Santa Catalina Mountains, A Guide to the Trails and Routes
- (Printed Map) Green Trails - Recreation Map - Santa Catalina Mountains.
- (Printed Map) Southern Arizona Hiking Club Maps
2014 December La Milagrosa Trail
- 2017/8/14 – HikeLemmon posts added to Resources
- 2017/8/13 – Img Srcset update, added links for the loop with Agua Caliente Canyon, Bellota links
- 2015/3/15 – Added pictures
- 2015/2/11 – GPX updated with newer waypoint names
- 2015/2/7 – Initial version