Ringtail Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ | HikeArizona

Ringtail Trail - Saguaro NP West, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,384 feet
Elevation Gain 90 feet
Accumulated Gain 115 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.48
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Location Tucson, Arizona
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This trail will most likely be used as part of a larger loop hike since its endpoint is not at any trailhead. The trailhead is at the parking lot along the Picture Rocks Road just west of Contzen Pass and heads south to the Picture Rocks Wash Trail 1.1 miles later. The Ringtail Trail has an elevation gain of about 80 feet and skirts the west side of Picture Rocks Peak.

The Ringtail trail starts at the parking lot just West of Contzen Pass in a wash on the south side of Picture Rocks Road. At 0.1 miles is the signed junction with the Cam-Boh Trail, continue South along the Ringtail Trail. This trail continues along a wash for another 0.1 miles before exiting the wash to the right (west). This exit point is not marked, but it is not hard to see, and the wash starts to get a little narrow and covered with brush at this point. Follow this trail along the west side of the wash, and at 0.4 miles in from the start is the signed junction with the Mule Deer Trail that heads west to the Ironwood Trail. Continue south along the Ringtail Trail, and it will cross the creek again and continue up to a slight ridge to the southwest of Picture Rocks Peak. The trail continues staying relatively level in a southeasterly direction. From this section of the trail in the distance to the Southeast is the old abandon Yume Mine, one of the two profitable mines in Saguaro National Park. At 1.1 miles in, the Ringtail Trail ends at the signed Picture Rocks Wash Trail. If visiting the Old Yuma Mine, there is a route that heads to the southeast from the Picture Rocks Wash at this point. This trail is easy to follow; the only place to be on the lookout for the trail exit from the wash at 0.2 miles in from trail start. From the end point of the trail there are multiple options to make this a longer loop hike, Picture Rocks Wash west to the Cactus Canyon Trail or further west along the Wash to Ironwood Forest Trail or Brittlebush Trail.

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Saguaro National Park
2022 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
Receipt is valid for 7 days
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Paved - Car Okay

To Cam-Boh Trailhead
From Tucson take exit 246 off I-10 and go west on Cortaro until it ends at a T. Turn right here onto Ina for a short distance, then Left onto Wade. Wade quickly becomes Picture Rocks Road and crosses through the Tucson Mountains. You'll see a couple of signs announcing Saguaro National Park. As you come down the west side of the mountains, just beyond Contzen Pass, the road swings hard to the right and there is a paved pull out area to the right. This is the Ringtail trailhead. Continue on Picture Rocks Road for about 2.5 more miles heading west. You will see a brown sign for the Cam-Boh picnic area on your left, just as you see a sign announcing you are about to leave the park. Pull in the Cam-Boh picnic area and park.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 106 mi - about 1 hour 42 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 14.4 mi - about 26 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 250 mi - about 3 hours 47 mins
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