Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
5,531.00 ft (1,685.85 m)
Trail type
20.10 mi (32.35 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Eureka Canyon Lollipop is a 20 mile loop route that travels through Southern Arizona's diverse landscapes. This moderately challenging hike offers a peaceful escape into the Coronado National Forest's verdant woodlands and sprawling canyons. Ideal for day hikers and backpackers alike, this trail provides a unique opportunity to explore the scenic beauty and tranquility of the Huachuca Mountains.

Starting Point: Scotia / Sunnyside Canyon Trailhead

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Elevation Gain: 5,531 feet

Trail Type: Loop
Best Time to Visit: Spring through fall, when the weather is mild, and the area's flora and fauna are most active.

Your adventure begins at the Scotia Canyon Trailhead, where the path immediately immerses you in the lush environs of a high-elevation forest. As you ascend through Scotia Canyon, the trail offers glimpses of the area's rich biodiversity, with towering Douglas firs and ponderosa pines providing shade and habitat for the local wildlife.

Continuing on, the trail gradually climbs, revealing stunning views of the canyon below and the distant peaks of the Huachuca Mountains. The route then leads to Ramsey Campground, a secluded spot nestled within the forest, offering picnic tables and access to fresh water – an ideal location for a restful break or an overnight stay under the stars.

After exploring Ramsey Campground, the loop circles back towards Scotia Canyon via an alternate path that skirts the edge of the canyon, providing different perspectives of the landscape encountered on the outbound journey. This section of the trail is known for its wildflower displays in the spring and early summer, adding a splash of color to the hike.


  • Ramsey Campground serves as a perfect halfway point for those looking to extend their hike into an overnight trip. The campground offers basic amenities, including picnic tables and potable water.

  • For those preferring backcountry camping, dispersed camping is allowed within the Coronado National Forest, following Leave No Trace principles. Always check current regulations before setting up camp.


  • No permits are required for day hiking or camping at Ramsey Campground. However, it's always wise to check with the Coronado National Forest for the latest information on fire restrictions and area closures.


  • Water sources along the trail may be seasonal. Carry sufficient water, especially during the hotter months, and be prepared to treat any water collected from natural sources.

  • The area's weather can change rapidly, especially at higher elevations. Pack layers and be prepared for cooler temperatures and possible rain.

  • Wildlife is abundant in the Huachuca Mountains. Practice caution, especially at dawn and dusk when animals are most active.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Biodiversity. Peak Bagging. Scenic Vistas.


Weather can be extreme in winter and summer.

Trailhead Elevation

5,904.00 ft (1,799.54 m)

Highest point

8,990.00 ft (2,740.15 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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