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Catalina Camp Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,892 feet
Elevation Gain 2,028 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,101 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.5
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
4  2019-06-29 ShatteredArm
7  2018-09-06
Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge Loop
22  2018-06-09
Oracle Ridge to Catalina Camp
5  2017-08-06
Oracle Ridge: Upper TH to Dan Saddle
9  2014-01-07 markthurman53
31  2013-09-11
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro Loop
17  2013-05-22
Oracle Ridge Canada Del Oro Mount Lemmon Loop
11  2012-10-29
Canada del Oro Trail #4
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Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 75
Routes 475
Photos 5,651
Trips 400 map ( 3,956 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, May, Jun
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:11am - 6:20pm
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History, Mining and Legends
by markthurman53

Likely In-Season!
The Hartman mine trail starts at Dan Saddle on Oracle Ridge and continues west down to Canada Del Oro and the trail with the same name. There are no roads to this trailhead but it can be accessed via the Oracle Ridge Trail from the north at Rice Peak or as I did from the Oracle Ridge Trail from the Oracle Ridge Trailhead just off the Catalina Control Road.

The trail from Dan Saddle heads west along an old 4WD road that is now more of a wide trail than a road. For the first miles the road just drops steadily 800 feet and then for the last quarter mile to the Hartman Mine the trail does a couple of switchbacks, dropping another 300 feet. A steep trail but I didn’t find it overly difficult ( of course I was going down ). Just after the switchbacks, on the south side of the trail, is a shack that actually looks like it is still used occasionally complete with folding chairs and a barbecue grill. Not sure if this is the location of Catalina Camp or just the Hartman mine. I was not able to get inside the shack because the door was locked when I was there. I have heard other people have been able to go inside. There is a mine just to the north of the shack and lots of old Equipment scattered about. I looked on line under Hartman Mine and Catalina Camp and there is a lot of history about this area, stories about Gold, lost mines, names like Buffalo Bill and rare valuable stones with names like the Cody Stone. Not enough time or space to go into it here, but worth looking up before visiting this area.

After leaving the shack the trail begins to level out a bit but still going down and after about a half mile you come to the junction of the Red Ridge Trail. The Red Ridge Trail heads up a ridge and ends up on the road to the ski area on Mount Lemmon. The creek to the south of the Trail is a side creek to East Fork Canada Del Oro Creek. There was water in this creek when I was there. The trail follows this creek for a short distance and then skirts around a small hill on the north side before re-entering a creek which is now the East Fork Canada Del Oro. The trail follows this creek for a little over a mile to the terminus of this trail at the Canada Del Oro Trail. The trail along this last mile was a little overgrown in some areas but not enough to lose the trail.

Since this trail does not have a trailhead that can be reached by a vehicle it is typically done in conjunction with the Oracle Ridge trail or the Canada Del Oro trail and is just one trail in a string of trails and not a destination. The exception would be those who are interested in the Catalina Camp area for its mining history and want to visit it. If the later is the case, I would recommend the Red Ridge Trail because it is the shortest route. Whatever your reason it is a great trail.

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Catalina Camp Trail
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I few months ago I came up with idea of doing a "circumnavigation of Mount Lemmon". I needed some miles, so decided to make an attempt on a late June weekend. Maybe it was a bit brash to try such a route during the summer months.

The goal was to start at Butterfly TH, go down to Crystal Springs trail, up the Oracle Control Road, down Oracle Ridge to Dan Saddle and then down to Catalina Camp, then down to CDO, up to Samaniego Ridge and then Lemmon Trail, then head down to WoR, back across Marshall Saddle, and connect with Sunset to finish the loop. A solid loop if I do say so myself, probably pretty close to a marathon with 6000+ feet of ascent.

The plan held up until Catalina Camp, where it started to get warm, and I really started to question whether I had it in me. This was the last bail-out point, and I took it. Luckily there was a trickle in the creek, so I was able to fill up before heading up Red Ridge (the first time I've had the, let's call it a privilege, of seeing this trail in the uphill direction). Surprisingly, I saw three other people on Catalina Camp and Red Ridge trails. Thought I was the only one stupid enough to be down there in late June.

When I got to Red Ridge, clouds had rolled in, and I was feeling much more alive. So I added a few miles back on by heading up the road to the ski resort, and heading down Aspen Draw (where it even sprinkled a little bit!), before taking a Mint Springs to Marshall Saddle detour.

Ended up a pretty good outing still, even if the whole circumnavigation has to wait until another (possibly cooler) day.
Catalina Camp Trail
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good to be back in the mountains. as expected there were a ton of flowers along upper oracle ridge.

catalina camp trail is a little overgrown but fine. the camp is in pretty good shape.

red ridge is a great trail, even provides some shade for the sharp ascent.

great loop as always.
Catalina Camp Trail
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Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop
I wanted to hike CDO again, but with a few changes from the Red Ridge loop we did last year. We travelled down Oracle Ridge and also started from the top of Lemmon, taking care of Aspen Draw and the road at the beginning.

Oracle Ridge was great in the cool morning weather. Catalina Camp is just as amusing a trip as I remember it being last year. There was water near the trail from the CC/RR junction all the way to the homestretch of the CDO trail. Since I finally remembered to bring a filter, we were able to refill our water a few times (I easily finished 4 liters and a big gatorade). Cooling down in the water made a big difference too.

Now for the whining: wear long pants. The trails are easy enough to follow, but my shins and knees got pretty torn up in the overgrowth - especially above 6k on CDO and in the burnt-out portions of Sutherland. That being said, CDO is gorgeous from all the recent rains and it was still worth the annoyance. There's a lot of climbing to do in the final miles of this hike, but my CO trip left my legs in good shape, so nearly all of my ranting was at the overgrown trails.
Catalina Camp Trail
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Sweet lollipop route: up OR#1 to Dan Saddle > west down CC#401 > up RR#2 > road walk east to upper trailhead and back down Oracle Ridge. Single track trail sections are in good condition, dirt road sections are decent. Plenty of clear, cold flow in East Fork creek at the CC#401 / RR#2 junction.
Catalina Camp Trail
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Started a little before noon down the Red Ridge Trail. We took a little detour to the Catalina Camp, which I'd never visited (I took the liberty of tinkering with the mileage and AEG; hopefully that's kosher...). The lower sections of the loop were pretty warm, but since you don't have to climb much, it wasn't too bad.

The CDO trail is terrific. If it was more easily accessible, it would be as popular as any trail in southern AZ. It must be amazing to hike this in autumn. The route finding is easy for the most part. It disappeared a few times around 3-5 miles up the canyon, but the path-of-least-resistance put us back on the trail each of those times. A couple places before the switchbacks are pretty overgrown. The final climb out of the canyon to the Samaniego Ridge trail is really fun ;)

Aspen Draw Trail at sunset (with no mountain bikers) was a great way to end this hike.

This is a tough hike for July. I brought over a gallon and a half of water and Gatorade, and that wound up being just enough. 2 gallons and/or a purification system would probably be smart in this heat.
Catalina Camp Trail
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Oracle Ridge - Catalina Camp - Red Ridge Loop. The Oracle Ridge Trail was great - ferns and flowers at the start and big views as usual. In just a spot or two the small Arizona Trail sections that bypass the road the trail was a little indistinct - but never hard to follow. On Catalina Camp I lost the wind an it was a bit hot. The real surprise for me was that when we arrived at the East Fork of the CDO there was flowing water! Red Ridge was just as steep as ever...

Catalina Camp Trail
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Red Ridge/Catalina Camp/Oracle Ridge - this is a great loop, the highlight on this hike was the Oracle Ridge Trail - lush, green, tons of flowers and clouds rolling across the ridge - incredibly lovely!

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Catalina Camp Trail
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Started at the Oracle Ridge Trailhead near the top of the Control Road and made a loop from Oracle Ridge Trail, Catalina Camp Trail, Red Ridge Trail and a little walking on the road at the end to get back to the car.

Oracle Ridge - it has been ?8 years since I have been on this trail, I didn't expect much but I have to say that the section down to the Catalina Camp Trail junction was lovely! Grass, flowers, nice views - really enjoyed this!

Catalina Camp Trail - we had not been on this trail before and I can not say that I found it tremendously exciting but certainly the Catalina Camp area is worth visiting (at least once anyway).

Red Ridge - The stream just beyond the junction was flowing quietly, great spot for a break. What a spectacular trail - so much more pleasant than when I was last on the trail in 2007 (my memory is that in 2007 the trail was easy to follow but that it was massively overgrown and sections were absurdly prickly walking - not that there are not spots now that could maybe use a bit of maintenance... but it seems pretty pleasant now!). I guess I was in the mood for some uphill and enjoyed the fairly direct route of the trail and the variety of the terrain!


Worth noting that it was pretty hot day for this loop (imho) and Red Ridge would not have been nearly as pleasant without some lucky clouds and wind (and Oracle Ridge Trail/Catalina Camp Trail later in the day would have been scorchers) - there are patches of good shade, but certainly strenuous sections of trail that are very exposed to the sun, certainly even this high on the mountain check the temperature/use caution...

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There are no roads to this trail but access via the Oracle Ridge Trail from the Mount Lemmon Control Road on Mount Lemmon near Summerhaven. There are no parking fees or permits required at the Trail head.
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