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East Ridgeline Trail - CG Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,487 feet
Elevation Gain 190 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 209
Photos 5,918
Trips 1,072 map ( 2,407 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:29am - 7:17pm
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The longest trail in the park!
by PaleoRob

Overview
The East Ridgeline Trail starts on the northern end at the Peart Road trailhead (though it can also be accessed from the Henness Road Trailhead) and follows the Casa Grande Mountains' foothills towards Arizona City.

Warning
This hike is long (for Casa Grande standards), hot, dry, and shadeless. There are plenty of cacti and reptiles. Use appropriate caution.

History
The trail was recently (2011) revamped by the City of Casa Grande. There was a bevy of informal wildcat trails across the area, but since the city has put effort into maintaining this trail, among others, the informal trails have seen a decrease in their usage.

Hike
The East Ridgeline Trail is slightly misnamed as it does not follow a ridgeline. However, this is seemingly what the locals call it, so that is what I will call it here. If I find a more official name, I'll change it. The trail starts at the Peart Road trailhead. The trail branches off immediately to the east from the parking area and is very faint at the trailhead. Look for a boot-worn trail heading perpendicular to the parking lot, towards the small drainage in the middle ground.

After passing by the drainage and the saguaro next to the trail, the ERT becomes much better defined and easier to follow. It loops around the low ridge near the parking area and then starts climbing up above the Heness Basin (where another dirt parking area and trailhead is). The trail crosses the Heness/Peart closed road and climbs to a small saddle, where you get a good look at the next basin. This pattern repeats itself all along the eastern foothills of the Casa Grande Mountains. The trail stays above the valley floor and below the steepest parts of the actual Casa Grande Mountains as it winds its way between different drainage basins. The geology of this trail is much more mundane than the Ridgeline Trail, but the fauna is more diverse, as is the flora.

There are a few gradual switchbacks as the trail climbs towards saddles or drops towards posted junctions. The trail is well constructed and well maintained by volunteers and the City of Casa Grande. You can turn around at any point you decide and make your way back to the Peart (or Henness) trailhead. Alternatively, you can continue down the trail to where it intersects either Arica Road, out of Eloy, or the southern Henness Road trailhead at the south end of the Casa Grande Mountains. This ~14-mile round trip is popular with mountain bikers but not as much with hikers. Still, with several trailhead options to increase or decrease the hike's length to your desire, good hiking and good times can be had along the ERT.

Water Sources
None, bring your own.

Camping
Not allowed.

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2011-09-19 PaleoRob

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$
    None


    Directions
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    To hike
    From I-10 and Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande, drive west of Florence. Turn left on Peart Road, by the Home Depot. Follow Peart Road under I-8 until it dead-ends in a dirt parking lot.
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