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Wild Mustang Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,621 feet
Elevation Gain 456 feet
Accumulated Gain 615 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.9
 Interest Seasonal Creek
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Tortolitas Super Loop
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Tortolitas Super Loop
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Wild Burro Trail - Tortolita Mountains
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Wild Mustang - Alamo Spring Loop
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Tortolitas Super Loop
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Routes 854
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Trips 689 map ( 5,837 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Winter to Early Spring
Sun  6:40am - 6:29pm
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where crested saguaros hide
by markthurman53

 Likely In-Season!
Connects the Wild Burro Trail near Alamo Spring to the Upper Javelina Trail and eventually the Wild Burro Trail near the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This trail follows along and below a ridge that separates Wild Burro Canyon from Cochie Canyon. This ridge is a northeast-southwest trending ridge so while the views are great they are limited to a southerly direction between the Catalina Mountains and the Tucson Mountains and on a clear day all the way to the Quinlan Mountains.

There are a couple crested saguaros along this trail and from videos I have seen wild horses also. This trail by its location is going to be part of a greater loop trail. There is no trailhead for this trail; access is via the Wild Burro Trail just north of Alamo Spring or a combination of the Wild Burro and Upper Javelina Trail.

The Wild Mustang Trail starts from the Wild Burro Trail about 0.4 miles north of Alamo Spring at a signed intersection. Soon you pass through a gate, not sure what boundary this is marking because this part of the trail is well within the Tortolita Mountain Park, maybe they still run cattle?

At about 0.2 miles the trail crosses a wash, this is the same wash that enters Alamo Spring from the north. The trail crosses a wash that the route to Cochie Canyon Spring heads up. Stay on the well-defined trail. From this point, the trail starts a 500-foot climb up to a saddle below the ridge that separates Cochie from Wild Burro Canyon. Two false saddles are crossed before the final saddle and I kept thinking I was there only to be fooled. The climb up is not strenuous but it is steady. As you ascend to the lower of the three saddles there are some great views over Wild Burro Upper Canyon and Alamo Spring.

From here the views to the south and west become more prominent. The trail continues following below the ridge and remains fairly level before dropping down into the first of two drainage systems coming off of the ridge and heading down into Wild Burro Canyon. The trail does a continuous gradual descent to the Upper Javelina Trail. At 0.3 miles from the Upper Javelina Trail the Cochie Trail comes in from the west and the Wild Burro Trail makes a hard turn to the east.

Keep an eye peeled for the crested saguaros along this trail, I was told there were a couple but I didn’t see any and I was looking. I also didn’t see any wild horses. This trail has a lot of sun exposure so keep that in mind when planning this as part of a greater loop trail. I have heard this is the best trail in the Tortolitas but I think it is second to the Ridgeline Trail.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2018-12-23 markthurman53

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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    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 markthurman53 on Dec 23 2018 8:10 pm

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