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Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,027 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.8
Interest Peak
Backpack Yes
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7  2018-06-24 fricknaley
2  2018-01-02 friendofThunderg
7  2016-07-04
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A
8  2015-04-30 Jim_H
4  2013-07-07 fricknaley
8  2011-03-23 kbunny
8  2011-01-29 Jonnybackpack
18  2010-10-02 Sarae
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Historical Weather
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, May, Jun
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:17am - 5:19pm
2 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
Kellogg Mountain Trail #45
0.0 mi away
0.7 mi
500 ft
Knagge Trail #18
Knagge Trail #18
0.2 mi away
3.5 mi
182 ft
Bigelow Trail
Bigelow Trail
0.5 mi away
2.0 mi
585 ft
Pine Canyon - Catalinas
0.7 mi away
9.9 mi
1,723 ft
Palisades Canyon
Palisades Canyon
0.9 mi away
13.6 mi
200 ft
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A
Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A
1.2 mi away
1.6 mi
800 ft
Rose Canyon Lake Campground
1.2 mi away
Davis Spring Trail #31
Davis Spring Trail #31
1.3 mi away
6.0 mi
625 ft
Guthrie Mountain
Guthrie Mountain
1.4 mi away
5.8 mi
2,269 ft
Green Mountain Trail #21
Green Mountain Trail #21
1.4 mi away
4.5 mi
636 ft
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Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Short and Sweet
by fricknaley & Jeffshadows

History: Aldo Leopold (January 11, 1887 - April 21, 1948) was an American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist. He was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness preservation. Leopold is considered to be the father of wildlife management in the United States. Leopold served for 19 years in the United States Forest Service, working in the American Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona) until he was transferred in 1924. He served two years in Arizona (1909-1911). An advocate for the preservation of wildlife and wilderness areas, Leopold became a founder of The Wilderness Society in 1935. Named in his honor, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Gila National Forest, in New Mexico. Leopold was instrumental in the proposal for Gila to be managed as a wilderness area. As a result, in 1924, Gila National Forest became the first designated wilderness area by the US government. Together, the Leopold Wilderness and Gila National Forest, often are considered the starting point for the modern wilderness-conservation movement throughout the United States.

Hike: This is a short, simple hike along a ridegline high in the Catalinas to a simply spectacular lookout point.

From the Knagge trailhead at the end of Incinerator Ridge Road head out east on the trail. It gradually climbs from the beginning. Within 0.1 miles, the signed Knagge trail breaks off left and heads downhill. Stay straight on the Incinerator Ridge trail and keep slowly climbing. There are no route finding issues at all. The trail wanders along the some nice trees before reaching it's high point at Incinerator Peak, sitting at about 8135 feet. Beyonf the grassy peak, the trail or route actually continues on to Leopold Point with it's huge boulders on top. You will descend about 150 feet from the peak down to a beautiful little pine-littered saddle before climbing back up on the left or north side of Leopold Point. The trail just climbs right on up, passing along some minor false summits and wrapping around a couple of huge boulders before terminating on the boulder laced summit of Leopold Point where huge, sensational views looking south and east await. You can easilt see Mt. Wrightson and the Santa Ritas. Closer by is an outstanding look at the sheer wall of Barnum Rock and the forested summit of Green Mountain behind it. The Rincons are right there behind them and to the east you can see all the way to the Pinalenos. Looking back the way you came gives nice views of Incinerator Peak, Kellogg Mountain and the towered Mt. Bigelow.

fricknaley & Jeffshadows
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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.

Permit $$
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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Knagge Trailhead
Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson up into the mountains. The Green Mountain and San Pedro Vista parking areas are at milepost 18. A short ways beyond this a gravel road takes off to the right, signed as Incinerator Ridge Road. Turn onto this road and drive between .25 to .5 miles up to the end. The road is a mildly bumpy and rocky, but a passenger car can make it as long as you go slow. If you see the Palisade Visitor Center on the Catalina Highway, you have passed Incinerator Ridge Road.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 144 mi - about 2 hours 58 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 35.1 mi - about 1 hour 22 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 288 mi - about 5 hours 3 mins
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