Chimney Rock

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4.8/5 (13 reviews)
Tucson, Arizona (Pima County)
Last Updated: 09/20/2020

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One of the lesser known and used trails in the Coronado National Forest, / Redington Pass - Central Plateau, Chimney Rock trail is actually a series of Forest Service Roads, FR#371, FR#36, FR#4431, FR#4431A, FR#4438, and finally FR#4430 when running from west to east.

This trail has about all the kinds of four wheeling that Southern Arizona has to offer. Vehicles will encounter high desert oak scrubland, deep washes, rocky climbs, deep V washouts, route finding challenges, woodlands, waterholes, boulder crawls, crazy gates and many points of interest along the way.

Part of it can be accomplished in a 2 wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance, but to do the entire trail you should count on needing some rock rails, skid plates, and capable driving skills. Arizona pinstripes are guaranteed on this trail as the wash is choked with bushes that will reach out and put these little badges of honor on the side of your rig. But above all of this, the scenery of the eastern Catalina Mountain foothills and the astounding geology make this one of the classic Tucson area trails.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (13)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Steep climbs out of creek beds. Did this in stock Rubicon, sketchy to do alone, but great trail.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This trail is great if you have a group with multiple skill levels or different levels of rigs. The mandatory parts of the trail aren't that difficult, but once you get to chimney rock there are a variety of different obstacles that range in difficulty. It is a fun place to test yourself and your rig if you want. I love some of climbs up and down the hills. We even found a swimming hole that my buddy jumped in. This trail is rated 5/5 and I don't think the mandatory should be above a 4 rating and I think the optional rating should be as high as 7 or 8 in my opinion. Overall it was a great trail!
Trail Review: Chimney Rock - Chris Price
Trail Review: Chimney Rock - Chris Price
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/12/2021

Did this trail today (05/12/21) from west to east in a new (1200 mi.) stock 2021 Wrangler Rubicon. What fun! Great way to break in the new rig.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/17/2021

Ran this trail today gong east to west in a stock (AKA no lift) 2021 JLU on 33" tires. Scraped her belly a few times, but other than that she ran great. It is a beautiful trail with a lot of obstacles. I wish we had been able to run it before the fire, I bet it was even more beautiful. I will post a video as soon as I can get it edited and uploaded to YouTube.
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Visited: 09/19/2020

The USFS has issued a "Trail Open" memo effective 09/21/2020.
Trail Review: Chimney Rock - Jim Long

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