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Tortolita Ridgeline Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,602 feet
Elevation Gain 624 feet
Accumulated Gain 769 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.3
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Author fricknaley
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Trips 3,171 map ( 20,657 miles )
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Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn
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Ends in the middle of nowhere. Mmm..nowhere
by fricknaley

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Nice new single track taking off from near Alamo Springs up onto the ridgeline. Ends in nowhere!

Another great new trail in the Tortolita Mountains

A simple new trail to add to the growing network of trails in the Tortolitas. The western trailhead for this takes off at a signed junction a short way up the Alamo Springs trail as it leaves Alamo Springs itself. Bear left onto the signed Ridgeline Trail and start a series of relatively gradual switchbacks that take you up onto the ridgeline of the southern end of Wild Burro Canyon. The trail sweeps around once up top, affording very nice views north over the Tortolitas and south, where excellent views of the big Pusch Ridge peaks await.

As you swing along the ridge, the trail also offers you lovely views into the next canyon south (Canyon Pass)... which is partly developed. The trail currently ends at an unsigned junction with the Loop Connector Trail, which is still under construction. This trail ((Loop Connector) will ultimately connect with Wild Burro Spring and the new trail heading back to the Wild Mustang trail from there (which itself shortly thereafter feeds back to Alamo Springs, thus completing a big loop). A stake in the ground with Marana Parks and Rec sticker currently marks this spot, which also sits at a small saddle with lovely views.

This trail is open for mountain bikes, ideal for trail running and piecing together nice long hikes in the Tortolita Mountains. The shortest route to the western trailhead is to hike the Wild Burro trail from the Ritz trailhead to Alamo Springs, which is about 2.7 miles.

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2013-11-05 fricknaley

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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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    To Wild Burro (Ritz) Trailhead
    From I-10 in north Tucson take Tangerine Road exit (#240) and head east. In about 5 miles the 1st stoplight you come to is Dove Mountain Blvd. Take left here and follow the road roughly 4 miles around the west end of the Tortolitas. Just past The Gallery is a small well-signed trailhead for Wild Burro Trail. This is on your right.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 104 mi, 1 hour 37 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 20.6 mi, 27 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 248 mi, 3 hours 43 mins
    page created by fricknaley on Nov 05 2013 7:42 pm
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