January 30, 2014 3:23 PM
TUCSON - What's your favorite Tucson hike? We asked this question on our News 4 Tucson Facebook page last week. Our viewers gave Meteorologist Jeff Beamish an overwhelming favorite: Sabino Canyon's Seven Falls. Find out why it's Tucson's place to hike by clicking the video above. For directions and a... more »
November 21, 2013 1:08 PM
TUCSON - From water to wildlife, Seven Falls is the signature hike at Sabino Canyon.
A quick tram ride to shuttle stop #3 takes you to the trailhead. You're met by a flat and wide path, winding its way through the canyon and into the majestic falls.
"When... more »
September 26, 2013 1:36 PM
TUCSON - The USDA Forest Service will waive day-use fees associated with many recreation sites or amenities on national forests nationwide on September 28, National Public Lands Day.
The Forest Service waives fees every year to encourage more Americans from all walks of life to get outdoors and experience... more »
December 6, 2012 12:47 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - There's no better way to introduce a kid to the great outdoors like "Hittin' the Trails" & Sabino Canyon is making it easy.
Friday morning, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish has details on Sabino Canyon's Junior Ranger program, which starts up this weekend. Catch an all... more »
December 6, 2012 12:35 PM
TUCSON - The Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, will present Junior Ranger Programs beginning Saturday, December 8 at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. The programs, which will be presented at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., are open to kindergarten through sixth grade children... more »
September 25, 2012 2:34 PM
TUCSON - The USDA Forest Service will waive the day-use fees associated with many recreation sites or amenities on national forests nationwide on September 29, National Public Lands Day. "The Forest Service waives fees every year to encourage more Americans from all walks of life to get outdoors and experience... more »
August 9, 2012 3:35 PM
MOUNT LEMMON - Maybe it's the sounds from a mountain stream. Perhaps the glow of green or smell of the forest.
Whatever it is, Marshall Gulch gets top billing for Mount Lemmon hikers. "Its just a little bit cooler because there's all the shade and so it's nicer to... more »
August 2, 2012 7:49 PM
TUCSON - This morning on News 4 Tucson Today, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish introduced our viewers to the "hiker's checklist".
Yesterday's hiker rescue in Sabino Canyon made for at least the 9th hiking-related incident this year, according to Northwest Fire. Officials stress that making a checklist the night before a... more »
July 5, 2012 3:50 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - Hittin' the Trails atop Mt. Graham this weekend? There's some good news for hikers.
Trails previously closed due to the Pinnacle and Trap Peak fires are scheduled to re-open. Tomorrow on Tucson Today, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish tells you which trails are back in business.... more »
June 7, 2012 2:28 PM
TUCSON - Before you completely throw in the towel for your trek, we've got some "cool" hikes to consider.
Mt. Lemmon's Aspen Trail starts at the Marshall Gulch Trailhead. While the trail is easy, it varies. Parts can be narrow, other areas wide open with awesome views of the... more »
May 31, 2012 8:43 PM
TUCSON - Tonight marks the first of three twilight hikes being hosted by both Saguaro National Park locations this month.
For hikers, it's a chance to get in a great hike without having to battle the grueling Arizona sunshine. "They are desert hikes, so they require sturdy shoes, lots... more »
April 26, 2012 4:26 PM
TUCSON - This morning on News 4 Tucson Today, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish unveiled his list of the four toughest hikes in southern Arizona.
The 4th biggest leg burning hike resides in Sabino Canyon, at a trail named Blackett's Ridge.
Hikers say it's a moderate to borderline strenuous hike... more »
April 19, 2012 7:15 PM
TUCSON - Starting in civilization, the Ventana Canyon Trail climbs as far up as 4,300 feet to a place called "The Window". Most, however, take a shorter hike to Maiden Pools.
"Its about 2.5 miles to the Maiden Pools, which is where most people think of for their main... more »
April 19, 2012 6:39 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - If you don't mind the approaching weekend heat wave, grab the water bottle and hit the trails.
Friday morning, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish highlights a Foothills favorite: the Ventana Canyon Trail, featuring Maiden Pools.
Catch an all-new "Hittin' the Trails 4 You" tomorrow from... more »
April 5, 2012 4:52 PM
TUCSON - The starting point for the Pontatoc Trail is the Finger Rock Trailhead, where Alvernon dead ends at the Catalinas.
Because of its proximity to Tucson, it's a popular hike. If you like peace & quiet on your hikes, make sure to start this one early in the... more »
April 5, 2012 4:51 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - It's one of Jeff's personal favorites, a leg-burning hike that reaches far back into the Catalina Mountains.
Friday morning, we're "Hittin' the Trails 4 You" at the Pontatoc Trailhead. Catch it from 5-7 AM on News 4 Tucson Today.
March 22, 2012 4:38 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - The crown jewel of hiking in the Old Pueblo is Sabino Canyon.
It's the home of the "day hike", and tomorrow News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish goes "Hittin' the Trails 4 You" at the popular Sabino Canyon Trail.
Lace up for an all... more »
March 22, 2012 3:33 PM
TUCSON - The end of the Sabino Canyon shuttle marks the start of the Sabino Canyon Trail.
Almost immediately, a series of switchbacks greets hikers. The legs may burn initially, but the trail's more bark than bite. Many hikers say it's challenging but not overly difficult.
If you... more »
March 8, 2012 1:23 PM
TUCSON - Nestled into the desert grasslands, the Soldier Trail offers a good challenge for hikers.
Round trip, Soldier Trail clocks in around 5 miles, netting roughly 1,500 feet in elevation gain out and back.
The trail itself varies. Parts are wide, as this once was an old... more »
March 8, 2012 1:16 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - One of the best things about hiking is getting away from the hustle and bustle.
Looking to escape the city this weekend? Let the Catalina Mountains call you.
Tomorrow morning, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish goes "Hittin' the Trails 4 You" on the serene Soldier... more »
December 29, 2011 10:21 PM
TUCSON - On this final Friday of the year, we're looking back in "Hittin' the Trails 4 You". Here are Jeff's four favorite hikes of 2011.
Pima Canyon Trail gave us the hiking story of the year: an Ohio woman named Kari Elkins, who trained to take a hiker... more »
December 1, 2011 6:18 PM
MADERA CANYON - The Super Trail has a little bit of everything for hikers.
Several times, the trail crosses a stream bed, with water flowing almost year round. There also still may be a smattering of Fall foliage, but not as widespread as it was a few weeks ago.... more »
December 1, 2011 6:09 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - It's a Madera Canyon hike that can be simply described as "super", featuring water, wildlife and a bit of southern Arizona history.
Friday morning, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish will take you to the Super Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains. Catch "Hittin' the Trails 4... more »
November 17, 2011 12:15 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - Meteorologist Jeff Beamish has featured some hard hikes over the past year. Tomorrow's featured hike ranks right up there with Tucson's toughest!
We're "Hittin' the Trails" at Sabino Canyon's Esperero Trail, tomorrow from 5-7 AM on News 4 Tucson Today.
November 17, 2011 12:10 PM
TUCSON - Sabino Canyon's Esperero Trail has a couple starting points: one near the Cactus Picnic Area & another just off shuttle stop #1.
If you start at shuttle stop #1, you'll get dropped off at the Rattlesnake Trail, a mostly flat and easy hike. After a half-mile, you'll... more »
November 10, 2011 12:11 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - It's one of the premier hiking destinations in Tucson.
It's also where Meteorologist Jeff Beamish found the story of a woman who worked her way into shape, just hike with her sister.
Friday morning on Tucson Today, we're "Hittin' the Trails 4 You"... more »
November 10, 2011 12:05 PM
TUCSON - For Kari Elkins, this is more than just a weekend hike.
"One of my big focuses in life is to get healthy and to find something you want to do. Its not like I started walking 20 miles a day, I just started slowly and got more... more »
November 3, 2011 2:02 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - Over the last year, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish has taken you to hikes in the mountains, desert and along rivers.
Friday, he's going where no "Hittin' the Trails" segment has gone before: by a lake!
Jeff takes on the Lakeshore Trail at Parker Canyon... more »
November 3, 2011 1:54 PM
PARKER CANYON LAKE - Nestled in the Canelo Hills is the Lakeshore Trail along Parker Canyon Lake. It's a five mile hike with something for everyone.
Rebecca Hodgesn with the Coronado National Forest said, "The trail doesn't climb in elevation very high, so it's probably a good beginner trail".... more »
October 18, 2011 1:21 PM
MOUNT LEMMON - It's the most wonderful time of the year atop Mount Lemmon, as the Fall foliage is starting to peak. Here are a few hikes that feature the best Fall colors:
The Mint Spring Trail: This is found in Summerhaven, off Carter Canyon Road. Flanking the trail... more »
October 13, 2011 8:34 PM
TUCSON - The Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest is temporarily closing the vicinity of the Atascosa Lookout and the Atascosa Lookout Trail from Forest Road 39 to the Atascosa Fire Lookout.
The lookout and trail are closed to allow for public safety while stabilization work is completed on... more »
October 6, 2011 7:19 PM
TOMORROW ON TUCSON TODAY - It's a place where the desert meets the grassland and a small part of an 800 mile hiking trail.
Friday on "Hittin' the Trails 4 You", Meteorologist Jeff Beamish takes you to the Catalina Mountains and the Molino Basin Trail.
Catch an all... more »
October 6, 2011 7:15 PM
TUCSON - The Molino Basin Trail is where the grasslands meet the desert. It's part of the Arizona Trail, which stretches from the International Border to Utah. Very few have accomplished the entire 800 mile trek.
At an elevation of 4-thousand feet, the Molino Basin trail mixes barrel cacti... more »