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Colossal Cave Mountain Park, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 9.84 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,402 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 791 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.8
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Colossal Cave Mountain Park
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Rincon Valley - AZT #8
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Routes 820
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Trips 652 map ( 5,592 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:22pm
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Round and Round You Go
by markthurman53

Colossal Cave Mountain Park is located east of Tucson on the Southern end of the Rincon Mountains. The park has a system of short trails that connect the Colossal Cave Campground to the La Posta Quemada Ranch and surrounding areas. Some of the trails are informative with information about the Hohokam Indians that once inhabited the area or the ranching that occurred here later in the last 100 years. The trails are used by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The Arizona Trail passes through this park also and crosscuts many of the trails. None of the trails are strenuous and trail signs with a map label the maze of trails through the park.

The system of trails in the park are made up of short trails, the longest loop, the Path of the Ancients, being 1.5 miles. The named trails are:

Posta Quemada Ranch Link Trail - 0.7 miles
Path of the Ancients Loop – 1.4 miles
Flying Dutchman Trail - 0.8 miles

There are a couple other spur trails that are less than 0.2 miles. For trails with a little more of a challenge (and I mean just a little more), there are some decommissioned trails that are still in prime condition that extend out from the Posta Quemada Ranch area. These trails appear to be used by horseback riders, hikers mountain bikers and wildlife. While they are not named I gave them my own kind of descriptive name.

North Perimeter Trail – 1.8 miles
This trail follows along the northern perimeter of the park trail system and heads east to the Coyote Well area.

Agua Verde Creek Trail – 1.5 miles
This is a trail along Agua Verde Creek from the eastern end of the North Perimeter Trail to Posta Quemada Ranch.

Arizona Trail to North Perimeter Crossover - 0.5 miles
Connects the Arizona Trail to the midway point on the North Perimeter Trail.

Spur Trails - 0.5 miles
Connect the North Perimeter crossover trail to the western end of the North Perimeter Trail

There are a few more minor spur trails not mentioned here. For the GPS route for these trails I have included the route I took that connects all these trails. The Arizona Trail is not shown on this route. I thought the most enjoyable part of this hike was planning how to walk all the trails keeping the repeating or back tracking of trails to a minimum. This meandering loop is about 10 miles long with an AEG of about 800 feet. Trail maps are available in the Cave gift shop.

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2020-01-02 markthurman53
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
East of Tucson, Take Old Spanish Trail to its end at Colossal Cave. Once at Colossal cave take the road to the Posta Quemada Ranch. Parking available at the ranch.
From I-10 take the Vail exit, E Colossal Cave Road to South Pistol Hill road to Old Spanish Trail.
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