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High Ridge Loop, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,032 feet
Elevation Gain 623 feet
Accumulated Gain 680 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.3
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High Ridge & Alp D' Huez
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Author adenium
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 59
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Trips 322 map ( 1,650 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:31pm
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by adenium

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High Ridge Loop is either a relatively easy hike up to the ridgeline and back down or a tough slog up to the ridgeline and back down... depends on whether you do it counterclockwise or unwise.


In the past, this was more of a social trail up as far as the mine. As of 2020, the trail was improved, and some of the more rigorous bits were re-routed or smoothed out to accommodate mountain bikes. As such, the entire trail is quite serpentine and generally free of large rocks. If walking counterclockwise, the route features some downhill sections that would be of interest to those on two wheels but mostly make the walker's knees ache.

Parking can be found at the parking lot to the east of the road at the Bulldog Canyon gate or on the shoulder to the west of the road where the large wash comes down from the Usery Mountains. The loop starts on the Alp D'Huez Trail that takes you up to a saddle just below the Usery Mountains high point. The trail splits at the old mine, with this loop continuing to the south, over to a ridge. The trail continues along the ridge with fine views of the East Valley. Eventually, the trail begins switchbacking down the north face of the ridge. This section is quite steep and a good reason to consider walking the trail in a counterclockwise fashion. Eventually, the trail joins back with the Alp D'Huez Trail to make a nice loop.

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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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2020-12-12 adenium
    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 Lone Mountain Trailhead
    Located on the east side of Usery Pass Road. It is 1.7 miles north of the Usery Mountain Regional Park main entrance and 2.8 miles south of Bush Highway. Parking is free, and a Tonto Pass is NOT required for hiking.

    It is also an access point for the Tonto National Forest OHV area - Usery Gate for Road 3554. There is a gate to restrict motorized travel on the road but there is a hiking-in gate. If you want to drive this road you can get a free permit at the Mesa Ranger Station. The permit provides you with the combination to the lock.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 33 min (31.5 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 1 hr 58 min (118 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 2 hr 29 min (175 miles)
    page created by adenium on Dec 12 2020 12:10 am
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