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Raspberry Ridge Trail #228, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Douglas
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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,151 feet
Elevation Gain 3,345 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,496 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 18
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Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Jul
Sun  6:05am - 6:14pm
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Monte Vista Trail #221 & Raspberry Ridge Trail #228 provide different access routes to Monte Vista Peak, one of the best viewpoints in the southern Chiricahuas. The Monte Vista Trail begins at the wilderness boundary in North Fork Canyon at the end of an old jeep road and immediately begins switchbacking up the mountain's south slope. Views are good along much of the route and, as the trail gains elevation, they just keep getting better. At the summit, reached via a 0.2 mile spur trail, the panorama includes much of southeastern Arizona including several of its Sky Island mountain ranges. Raspberry Ridge Trail provides another access route to Monte Vista Peak as well as to the extensive trail network connected by the Crest Trail #270. Forest shaded Raspberry Ridge Trail starts at the upper end of Rucker Forest Campground and stays within Bear Canyon for the first half of its route. From Bear Canyon, it switchbacks steeply to razorback Raspberry Ridge, which it follows to its junction with the Crest Trail near Monte Vista Peak. After completing your journey, you can either return the way you came, or make a loop by using about 0.7 mile of the Crest Trail #270 to connect the two trails. If you choose this latter option, you'll also have to travel approximately 2.6 miles on the North Fork and Rucker Roads to get back to your starting point.

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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.

Most recent Triplog Review
Raspberry Ridge Trail #228
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We headed out, long before sun-up, to get the early morning shadows of Rucker Canyon. After the two hour drive, I was so ready to hike! Parking at the end of E Rucker Canyon Rd, in the last picnic area, we chose to go up, so Bear Canyon was the preferred direction. The hike started out on Raspberry trail #228, and about a half mile into it, my photo bud and I both thought: "Up"! Seeing all kinds of scat, we decided to seek the Raspberry Ridge that went up the west side of Bear Canyon. An excellent hike and even better photo ops!

The ridges ahead, and behind, us were starting to lighten up with brilliant colors and long shadows, and the air was crisp and clean. We went nearly to the top of Raspberry Peak when we noticed a dry creek bed, with rock formations denoting a terrific waterfall area, when the water is running.

After getting some great shots, we checked our water supply and time and determined returning would be acceptable. However, my idea of following the creek bed was cut short by a serious 20' drop in the rock levels. We cut back up into the ridge under-growth for a spell, then right back down into the creek bed. Never did catch a glimpse of a bear, or any other four-legged creature, bigger than a Western Fence Lizard.

We finally arrived at the river shortly after 11 a.m., and took a few more shots before disembarking our terrific hike.

We observed the following: English Daisies; Arizona Poppy and Beardtongue.

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Map Drive

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From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 29 miles to the Rucker Lake turnoff. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on Forest Road (FR) 74 for 5 miles to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E to both trailheads.

Monte Vista Trail - Follow FR 74E about 5 miles to the North Fork Canyon Turnoff (FR 628). It's 2.8 miles up this road to the Wilderness boundary and trailhead.

Raspberry Ridge Trail - Follow FR 74E to its end at the Rucker Forest Camp. Trailhead parking is available at the north end of the campground. From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road which becomes FR 74. Continue on FR 74 for 45 miles, turn left (north) FR 74E to both trailheads.
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