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Peak 4416 - Tortolita Mountains, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,799 feet
Elevation Gain 1,621 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,887 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18.44
 Interest Seasonal Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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25  2023-01-25 Mike_W
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Trips 211 map ( 1,182 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:53am - 6:21pm
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Didn't see any mustangs today, unless you count the Ford Mustang!
by Mike_W

Peak 4416 is the highest point on the ridge that is northwest of the Wild Mustang Trail in the Tortolita mountains. To get to this peak you will take the popular Ritz Carlton resort trails, the Upper Javelina trail, the Wild Mustang Trail, and a good unmarked trail that goes all the way to the summit.

Start by parking in the main parking lot for the Wild Burro trailhead. Exit the parking lot on the northwest side and walk north/northeast on N. Secret Springs Dr. for less than 1/4 miles. You will see a set of flags on the left side of the road. Continue and look for a paved path leading north from the road. Take this path and within about 50 feet you will see a trail leading west. Take this trail west for roughly 600 feet and then the trail will turn heading north. It will climb and after hiking a total of 0.75 miles from where you parked you will reach the junction of the Upper Javelina trail. Turn left here and continue for another 0.25 miles until you reach the junction of the Wild Mustang Trail. Stay to the right at this junction and continue on the Wild Mustang trail.

After hiking a total of 1.38 miles from where you parked you will see the junction with a trail that leads down into Cochie canyon. You will want to stay right here to continue on the Wild Mustang Trail. At a high point, after hiking about 2 miles total, you will see a clearing off the right side of the trail with a bench and some signs showing the landscape looking out at the various peak around you. This is a good place to take a break if you need to.

Next, continue along the Wild Mustang Trail. You will cross a few canyons and the trail will steadily climb for a few miles. You will want to take this trail until you have hiked a total of 3.5 miles from where you parked. From this point, start looking to your left for a trail leading up that branches off the Wild Mustang Trail. According to my GPS, the trail junction was at 3.65 miles, but your device may show a slight variation. After you're on the trail leading up for about 5 minutes, you should be able to look to the northwest and see a rocky peak that is only about 1/4 mile away. This is your final destination.

Continue along the trail and look for cairns. There will be a few tricky areas closer to the summit where the trail seems to disappear. Look for cairns and if you don't see any, just continue in a straight line going up. You will eventually reach the top. There will be a few rocks to climb over but nothing too difficult and definitely nothing dangerous. At the very top, you'll see an ammo box with a registry inside. From the peak, looking north or west you will see Cochie canyon and a road leading down it. Looking southeast across Wild Burro canyon you will see Ridge Crest peak, also known as peak 4373, which is another ridge high point. Return down the same way you came and be careful to go the correct way at each junction on the way back.

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2023-01-25 Mike_W
    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 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 Mike_W on Jan 26 2023 12:36 am

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