going nowhere fast
The Lozen Loop Trail is located in the McKenzie Ranch Trails Park in Far East Pima County north of Marsh Station Road on the southern slopes of Rincon Peak. There are two loop trails in the park, Lozen at 6.5 miles and the Daheste at 3.5 miles. There is also a 3 mile trail that heads west and goes to Marsh Station Road at Agua Verde Road. These trails were built for Mountain bikers and maintained by them also. The trails are fairly new just opening in 2018. Hiking is allowed when no racing events are occurring but must be done in the counterclockwise direction (bikers go clockwise).
McKenzie Park was named after Asa McKenzie from Virginia who established a ranch in the area in 1860. Lozen (1840 – 1889) and Dahteste (1860 – 1955) are both Apache women warriors. I am not sure why the trail spelling is different from the Apache Dahteste.
From the parking area off Red Hill Ranch Road Head south along the Lozen Loop trail if hiking, north if biking. This is a very well maintained trail, no need to step over logs rocks or steps. This trail is located in the hills between the Agua Verde and Cienega Creeks and doesn’t really have a destination; it just contours the hills along three fingers of a creek that eventually drains into Cienega Creek. The vegetation and nearby scenery is kind of bland but the views to the south of the Empire and Santa Rita Mountains are good. There are also great Views looking up to Rincon Peak and to the west of the Quinlan Mountains. Because of the great trail conditions this trail requires very little concentration; therefore this is a great hike if you have a lot of thinking to do. On my trip I composed a poem:
If you are down and just getting over the flu
Have an urge to hike but not sure what you can do
Get out and take a chance on the Lozen Trail
If you complete it and do not fail
It’s a good bet that your body is telling you
Something more challenging your ready to do
I didn’t say it was a good poem
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.