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Roskruge Benchmark - Roskruge Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,796 feet
Elevation Gain 927 feet
Accumulated Gain 973 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.07
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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Location Tucson, AZ
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the drive is harder than the hike!
by Mike_W

The Roskruge Benchmark is a high point in the Roskruge mountains, which is about 7.5 miles North/Northwest of the town of Three Points, and just South of the boundary of the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. It's about a 10.5-mile drive down some dirt roads to get to a good starting point. There are several wash crossings and the brush on both sides of the road can be thick and thorny at times. You will need a 4x4 high clearance vehicle and you can't care too much about your paint job, cause your vehicle will get scratched up.

From the top of this mountain, you will have some nice views of Kitt Peak and Coyote Mountain to the Southwest, along with some other points of interest in the Roskruge Mountains such as Martina Mountain and Sharp Peak, which are also to the Southwest.

In May 2023, in the wash, near the beginning of the hike, I saw a lot of trash, discarded clothing, backpacks, and other debris that was left by migrants, drug traffickers, etc. All of these items looked pretty recent if I had to guess. Be careful when hiking in these areas and it would be better if you did not hike alone or told people where you planned on hiking.

Start by parking off the side of the road in an area where there is a clearing. If you parked where I parked you should see a crested saguaro about 100 feet West of this clearing. Start by hiking through some open desert terrain heading North / Northeast until you reach a road. Continue North at the road until it ends within only a few hundred feet. Continue North / Northeast for another few hundred feet and you should run into a sandy wash. Generally, this wash heads North but does a little winding along the way. You might see some trash, backpacks, and debris left by migrants, drug traffickers, etc. in this area. The trash I found looked pretty recent as of May 2023.

Continue until you have hiked a total of roughly 0.5 miles. Then, you will exit the wash on the right side and head Northeast toward the high point. This is really an open country hike up a slope that isn't too steep if you stay on the ridgeline. Try to stay in the middle of the ridgeline and you should be fine. Continue until you reach a high point. From your first high point, which appears to be a false summit, you will see the real summit about 750 feet to the East. You'll need to drop down a bit, then continue East and then Southeast to get to the high point.

About 100 feet before reaching the high point, you should see a trinchera, most likely built by the Hohokam Indian tribe many years ago. It's basically a rock wall construction that forms a rough circle about 10 feet in diameter and is used for shelter, hiding, etc. I've also seen some of these on the top of Cerro Prieto (Dark Hill, in English) near Red Rock, AZ. At the peak, you'll see a US survey marker labeled "Roskruge" with dates 1919 and 1935.

From the top, you'll have some nice views of the mountains and high points mentioned in the overview. When I was here I noticed several burned cylinders, which I later discovered were most likely flares that were probably left by surveyors. Why this trash wasn't cleaned up is a mystery to me. Continue down the same way you came up to return to where you parked.

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2023-05-07 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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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From anywhere in Tucson, take I-10 East to I-19 South. Exit at Ajo Way / AZ-86 and continue West for 19.5 miles. Turn right at S. Comanche Rd. which is right before the Dollar General store. The road will turn to dirt quickly, but it's a pretty good road for the first few miles. Then it gets quite rocky in some areas, with several wash crossings, and areas where the wash is part of the road. It would be risky to attempt this drive with anything less than a 4x4 high-clearance vehicle. I had to turn on my 4x4 several times. Reset your odometer and follow this:

    Odometer (miles)
    0 Continue North for 1.2 miles and then turn left going West on Garvey Rd / W Hermans Rd.
    1.2 Continue West for 0.5 miles and turn right going North on Garcia Ranch Rd. You'll be following a powerline for much of this section.
    1.7 Continue North for 2 miles and turn left heading West. You'll be following a powerline for much of this section.
    3.7 Continue West. There will be several wash crossings and often thorny brush on both sides of the road. It will be nearly impossible not to get your vehicle scratched up here. You'll be following a powerline for much of this section.
    6.95 Stay left at the junction
    7.6 road will bend to the right
    8.35 stay right
    8.5 continue straight
    9.5 look for a sharp turn left and turn
    10.3 there will be a Y-split in the road. Stay left and continue for 0.1 miles.
    10.4 park somewhere on your right where there is a clearing. On the West side of the road within about 100 feet you will see a crested saguaro! (1 in 10,000)

    Here's roughly where I parked: 32.160587, -111.38858
    page created by Mike_W on May 07 2023 3:44 pm
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