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Kellogg Mountain - Mount Lemmon, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,278 feet
Elevation Gain 128 feet
Accumulated Gain 128 feet
Avg Time One Way 10-20 minute
Kokopelli Seeds 0.63
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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4  2020-04-26 mike85741
Author mike85741
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 8
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Trips 16 map ( 93 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, May, Aug, Sep → 4 PM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:22am - 7:33pm
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Mt Bigelow's younger sibling
by mike85741

Anyone who's hiked Mt. Bigelow probably noticed this small mountain. Interestingly, the Kellogg Mountain Trail #45 doesn't go to the top of Kellogg Mountain summit.


To get there, reach the 3-way junction of the Butterfly Trail #16, Mount Bigelow Trail, and the Kellogg Mountain Trail. Continue Northeast on the Butterfly Trail for about 50 feet. Look to the East and you will see this peak. It's about a 10 minute easy bushwhack to get to the top. Follow the top of the ridge and you shouldn't have any problem getting to the top. There are several logs to step over along the way. From the top, there are some great views of Mt Bigelow and the surrounding area. There is a geological marker that appears to be east of the true peak, a few feet lower than the highest point. It's possible to continue eastward but it gets rather steep and messy.

It's highly recommended to descend the same way you came up, but I was up for a challenge so I decided to traverse this mountain going to the east. About 2/3 of the way down, the bushwhack was so bad, I considered turning around and going back up to the top and down the west side. But, at this point, I could see the Kellogg Mountain Trail about 50 feet below me, so I weaved through the brush looking for any safe way to get down.

Warning: In some areas the steepness was more than a 45 degree incline. But "luckily", the brush was so thick that it provided some level of support from not falling or slipping!

It ended up taking me about 30 minutes to get down. There may have been a better route, but I didn't find one. All in all, it was a nice short adventure!

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2020-04-29 mike85741
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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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Take Catalina Highway from Tanque Verde Road in Tucson up into the mountains. Look for the Upper Green Mountain trailhead which is 21.5 miles from the intersection of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway. Continue for 2 more miles and turn right on a dirt road called Incinerator Ridge Road. Take this road 0.25 to 0.5 miles to the end and park here. From the trailhead, take the west for roughly 0.5 until you are at the junction of the Butterfly trail.

It's also possible to stay on Catalina Highway, passing Incinerator Ridge Road by 0.25 miles and park at the Bigelow Trail trailhead. From there, take the Bigelow Trail about 0.6 miles to the junction of the Butterfly trail.
page created by mike85741 on Apr 27 2020 8:51 pm
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