Wakefield Canyon

Total Miles


1459.29 ft


5.5 Hours

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Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

An easy, but scratchy, Jeep trail to an abandoned Buddhist cabin and a natural spring. Empirita Ranch is 3,000 acres owned by Pima County to protect wildlife habitat, provide sustainable cattle grazing, and slowing urban sprawl. This trail passes through the ranch, and a permit is required to unlock a gate. The other major attraction on the trail is an abandoned cabin. We do not know the history of the cabin, but the mural would suggest something to do with Buddhism.There is only one spot on the trail with any difficulty, and I did not think it rated anything higher than level 4. Much of the trail follows along high ridges, offering great views of the surrounding area.


Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

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