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Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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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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Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 387
Photos 4,001
Trips 3,138 map ( 20,383 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
Co-Author Jeffshadows
co-author avatarGuides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map (1,088 Miles)
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, May, Jun
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:37am - 7:21pm
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by fricknaley & Jeffshadows

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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.

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.

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2008-11-23 fricknaley & Jeffshadows
    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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    2021 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    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.

    2021 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

    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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