Mint Spring Trailhead

Mint Spring Trailhead in winter - looking towards Summerhaven. April 2014.
Mint Spring Trailhead in winter - looking towards Summerhaven. April 2014.
Left: Mint Spring Trailhead in winter - looking towards the start of the trail. April 2014.
Right: Mint Spring Trailhead in winter - looking towards Summerhaven. April 2014.

Overview

Location

Driving Time and Distance from Tucson

  • 1 hour and 25 minutes from Speedway and Campbell
  • 39.4 miles from Speedway and Campbell
  • Miles up Highway: 25.5 miles
  • Side of the Highway: N/A
  • Vehicle Access: Paved Roads/Passenger Car (Mountain Road - be careful of weather conditions!)

Fees and Services

  • Fee: No
  • Restrooms: No
  • Water: No

Additional Notes

  • The Mint Spring Trailhead sometimes offers uncrowded parking on days when parking at the Marshall Gulch Trailhead or in Summerhaven is crowded and difficult. The Marshall Gulch Trailhead has picnic areas, nearby streams and restrooms - none of which the Mint Spring Trailhead offers, but the Mint Spring Trail is accessible from this trailhead and leads into the same network of trails!
  • After winter storms pass the highway up the mountain is generally cleared and maintained so that travel into Summerhaven is easy for almost any vehicle - however side streets like Carter Canyon Road often do not receive the same level of maintenance and could still be snowy/icy even when the highway is clear.

Small trail sign near the start of the trail. April 2014.
Small trail sign near the start of the trail. April 2014.
Left: Mint Spring trail map sign - winter. December 2013.
Right: Small trail sign near the start of the trail. April 2014.

The Mint Spring Trail leaves from this trailhead – to get to the trail: from the paved parking area continue West a short distance on a dirt road (towards, but not onto, private property) and look for the trail leaving to the south (marked with a brown trail marker) – there is a large trail sign, but it is set back from the road and can be hard to see.

Small trail sign near the start of the trail. September 2014.
Small trail sign near the start of the trail. September 2014.
Left: Mint Spring trail map sign - summer. September 2014.
Right: Small trail sign near the start of the trail. September 2014.
The trail starts at the brown trail marker on the left - if you go past the No Trespassing sign (on the right side of the picture) or get near the house you have gone too far. August 2017.
The trail starts at the brown trail marker on the left - if you go past the No Trespassing sign (on the right side of the picture) or get near the house you have gone too far. August 2017.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson - Mint Spring Trailhead:

  • Drive East on Speedway (5.0 miles)
  • Left on Wilmot and continue on Tanque Verde (4.3 miles)
  • Left on Catalina Highway (29.3 miles)
  • Continue into Summerhaven on Sabino Canyon Parkway (0.3 miles)
  • Right on Carter Canyon Road (there is a brown sign for Mint Spring which should help you find the turn) (0.5 miles)
  • The paved road ends at the parking area and the road becomes a private driveway.

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Mint Spring Trailhead.

All Trailheads - Map

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Santa Catalina Mountains - Trailheads

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Agua Caliente Hill South Trailhead: 32.274321, -110.712042
American Flag Trailhead: 32.580837, -110.720361
Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead: 32.298201, -110.730737
Babad Do\'ag Observation Site and Trailhead Parking: 32.309311, -110.720727
Bear Canyon Trailhead: 32.300779, -110.802350
Bigelow Trailhead: 32.409781, -110.713268
Box Camp Trailhead: 32.419668, -110.739977
Bug Spring Trailhead: 32.345101, -110.718245
Upper Butterfly Trailhead: 32.427277, -110.740810
Catalina State Park Trailhead: 32.425211, -110.908883
Charouleau Gap Trailhead: 32.520380, -110.884755
Davis Spring Trailhead: 32.457276, -110.637932
Golder Ranch Road Parking Area: 32.474823, -110.892434
Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site End of the Road Parking Circle: 32.336230, -110.719862
Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site Upper Parking Area: 32.339662, -110.717267
Hairpin Turn: 32.311623, -110.742468
Incinerator Ridge Parking Area: 32.411710, -110.705315
Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trailhead: 32.353367, -110.948284
Linda Vista Trailhead: 32.380712, -110.961143
Lizard Rock Parking Pullout: 32.382799, -110.694588
Lower Green Mountain Trailhead: 32.374255, -110.690398
Marshall Gulch Trailhead: 32.428054, -110.755743
Milepost 0: 32.304094, -110.745165
Mint Spring Trailhead: 32.440167, -110.766155
Molino Basin Parking Area: 32.337338, -110.690988
Mount Bigelow Butterfly Trailhead: 32.415841, -110.714039
Oracle Ridge Trailhead: 32.451491, -110.754335
Palisade Trailhead: 32.407339, -110.719898
Red Ridge Trailhead: 32.448284, -110.769479
Richard McKee Finger Rock Trailhead: 32.336174, -110.910111
Ridgeline Parking Pullout: 32.405573, -110.699480
Sabino Canyon Visitor Center: 32.309540, -110.823065
San Pedro Vista: 32.400287, -110.690083
Soldier Trail Trailhead: 32.308865, -110.735603
Mount Lemmon Recreation Area: 32.440483, -110.785733
Sunset Trailhead: 32.427543, -110.741826
Upper Green Mountain Trailhead: 32.397796, -110.689435
Ventana Canyon Trailhead: 32.327884, -110.852938
Lower Oracle Ridge Trailhead: 32.604757, -110.757670
Italian Spring Trailhead: 32.306189, -110.574231
The Lake Trailhead: 32.321015, -110.620599
Summit Trailheads: 32.441073, -110.783767
Redington Pass Backcountry Touring Area: 32.306522, -110.609590
Golder Ranch North Trailhead: 32.452877, -110.890730
Golder Ranch North Trailhead: 32.482202, -110.876399
The Cordones Parking South: 32.527303, -110.918931
The Cordones Parking West: 32.526375, -110.928282
The Cordones Parking East: 32.554449, -110.880996
American Avenue Trailhead: 32.621216, -110.746685
Catalina State Park Trailhead: 32.425211, -110.908883
Romero Ruins Parking: 32.423239, -110.918703
Kannally Ranch House Parking Area: 32.609041, -110.733156
Oak Woodland Parking Area: 32.610119, -110.739510
Oracle State Park Group Use Area Parking Area: 32.609640, -110.735049

Update Notes

  • 2017/8/29 – Updated image showing the brown trail marker marking the start of the trail off the road, correct link
  • 2017/8/18 – Img Srcset update, add all trailheads map