Tumanoc Hill is the locals’ favorite in terms of easily accessible trails located right in the city. This beautiful piece of land is owned by the University of Arizona’s Science department. Tumanoc Hill is a great choice for anyone looking for a challenge. The steep 1.5 mile climb, which involves a 700 foot elevation climb, really works your entire body. Fortunately, for your effort you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the city and surrounding mountains, not to mention a sense of accomplishment in completing such a difficult task.
Beautiful saguaros and other forms of desert plant life line the paved trail. The path is wide and accommodates the big crowds that are drawn here every day for the intense beauty. The trail gets much steeper at the halfway point and many choose to stop here. I recommend challenging yourself to complete the entire walk – the views are even more gorgeous at the top! Although a water fountain is located at the halfway point, I recommend bringing a full bottle to refill at this point due to the super dry climate.
This trail is conveniently located near downtown so you can stop at the wonderful Mercado San Agustin and fill up on a hearty breakfast at Seis before your workout.
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