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Chinaman Trail 137

Basics
Location:
About 55 miles southeast of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains
Length:
2.6 miles (4.2 km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Elevation Range:
5600 feet to 5780 feet
Elevation Change:
180 feet
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year round

Description

For the most part, Chinaman Trail follows the course of an old ditch used to bring water from Bear Spring to mining operations farther east in the historic Kentucky Camp area. The old trail way, and some of the waterworks as well, remain in surprisingly good condition in spite of the fact that they are no longer maintained.

Details

Location:
About 55 miles southeast of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains
Length:
2.6 miles (4.2 km)
Difficulty:
Easy
Elevation Range:
5600 feet to 5780
Elevation Change:
180
Usage:
Light
Season:
Year round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Mt. Wrightson

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Drive north out of Sonoita 4 miles to the Gardner Canyon Road, FR 92. Turn left (west) 6.3 miles on FR 92 to FR 785. Follow FR 785 (Gardner Canyon Road) about 3 miles to Tunnel Spring. (There is a small, round watering trough next to a barbed wire fence here.) Scramble up and over the hill to the other side and hit the trail.

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