White Ridge High Point - Rincons, AZ | HikeArizona

White Ridge High Point - Rincons, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 5.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,817 feet
Elevation Gain 954 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,493 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.67
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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9  2023-01-30 Mike_W
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Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:20am - 6:37pm
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🔥 1994 Rincon Fire44.5 mi*
Nearby Area Water
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by Mike_W

White Ridge high point is an interesting area east of Espiritu (Spirit) Canyon and part of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness area. A small part of this hike is on a road, but the majority of this hike is a bushwhack with a fair amount of catclaw bush and shin dagger. The good news is you can go around most of it and maybe all of it if you choose your route very carefully. If you attempt this hike, definitely wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. You may want to even bring a cutting tool for those stubborn catclaw vines that are in your way!Hike
If you parked where I parked, walk east down the 4x4 road for 1/3 of a mile until you reach Espiritu canyon. From here, you will continue on the road going south through the canyon for another 1/3 mile. Somewhere in this area, the road splits and there will be a section going out of the canyon in both directions.

At this point, you will want to cross the wash going east. There may be a creek with flowing water depending on the time of the year. In late January, there was a decent flow, but there were also some larger rocks which made crossing the creek pretty easy. Once across you will see a road that heads east and then northeast. You will only want to stay on this road for about 100 feet as staying on it any longer will take you away from White Ridge.

At this point, White Ridge will be to the southeast. You will not be able to see the top, but you will want to climb to the highest point that you can see. There are some animal trails in this area that will eventually lead you to the top of the ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline continue south/southeast and stay on top of the ridge. You will see a barbed wire fence to your left which you may want to eventually cross to stay on the top of the ridge.

Along the way, there are some ups and downs and you may see some giant barrel cacti, giant saguaros, and some pincushion cacti. Avoid the catclaw bush, shin dagger, and prickly pear, and you should be fine. Continue heading up the ridge until you reach the high point which is at 4745 feet elevation. There's a rock pile with a registry near the high point. This point only seems to get a few visitors every 5 years!

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2023-02-01 Mike_W
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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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From Tucson take Tanque Verde road until it runs into Redington road. Continue up the mountain until you reach the lower Tanque Verde falls trailhead parking lot. At this point, you'll be on a dirt road that can get bumpy at times with a fair amount of potholes up ahead. Reset your odometer here.

Continue on Redington road for 10.9 miles. At this point, there's a split in the road although both roads appear to be called Redington road. Turn right and continue in an Eastern direction for roughly 3 miles or more. After you get beyond 3 miles, the road will start sloping down into the canyon below. The road will get worse as you get past the 3-mile mark. I drove my 4x4 truck about 3.5 miles out and parked on the side of the road at this location: 32.299712, -110.493422. If you have a capable 4x4 you can continue a total of 4 miles down into the canyon and beyond. Always be careful where you park in case of a flash flood.
page created by Mike_W on Feb 01 2023 2:13 pm

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