Hamburg Trail #122, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.82 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,547 feet
Elevation Gain 2,573 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,586 feet
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Many people refer to this as the Ramsey Canyon Trail. It starts at the parking lot of the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve, which is famous around the world for its fabulous birdwatching. You'll have to obtain a free permit to cross the Preserve (available at the visitor center at the trailhead) and, if you're coming on a weekend or holiday, you'll want to call in advance to reserve a spot in their parking lot. The only parking in this canyon is at the Preserve, where spaces are extremely limited and in very high demand. Once you've taken care of your vehicle and have your hiking permit, you're ready to head up-canyon. About the first mile of the trail is on Nature Conservancy property, where you'll no doubt have a lot of birdwatchers for company. You might want to join them, at least for a while, as this canyon boasts one of the most diverse bird populations in the U. S. At the upper limit of the Preserve, some steep switchbacks take you into the Coronado National Forest and the Miller Peak Wilderness. Your reward for climbing this far is a good overlook of lower Ramsey Canyon and the San Pedro Valley. Above the switchbacks, the trail drops back down to the creek and follows it through a riparian zone as lush and as pleasant as any you will find in the Southwest. Hundreds of small waterfalls and rocky cascades tumble past gnarly sycamores and lacy-limbed firs to add to the picturesque nature of this outstanding area. The trail crosses the stream more times than you'll want to count as you climb toward the upper elevations of the Huachucas. (This can cause problems if the water level is high.) Farther along, you'll pass the remains of old mining digs and leveled homesites that once were occupied by the cabins of the old mining settlement of Hamburg. The trail then follows Wisconsin Canyon to good views, broader horizons and a junction with the Crest Trail #103 at Bear Saddle.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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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Nature Conservancy $6 per person, children under 16 - FREE.

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To Ramsey Trailhead
Drive 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on AZ Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right and follow Ramsey Canyon Road 3.5 miles to the Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve parking area and trailhead. Parking reservations are required for weekend and holiday visits. Weekday parking is on a space available basis.

If you have an extra few minutes, on the way home you may wish to turn W on HWY 82 from HWY 90 to Sonoita and then drive N on HWY 83 back to I-10. This is a lovely drive or motorcycle ride through SoAZ wine country with elements of Big Sky Country and Tuscany permeating the landscape.

27 E. Ramsey Canyon Road
Hereford, AZ 85615

Spring/Summer (March 1 through October 31): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fall/Winter (November 1 through February 28): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's

Preserve parking is limited to 27 spaces. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no parking along the road below the preserve.

The preserve headquarters include visitor parking, a nature center with a bookstore and hummingbird viewing. Here, visitors may learn about the preserve and its wild residents, the Upper San Pedro River Program, and the Conservancy by viewing interpretive exhibits, shopping in the bookstore, or simply enjoying the beauty of the lower canyon.

Please note, in consideration of canyon wildlife, pets are prohibited in the preserve.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 197 mi, 3 hours 4 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 87.8 mi, 1 hour 33 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 340 mi, 5 hours 12 mins
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