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Lower Javelina Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,682 feet
Elevation Gain 311 feet
Accumulated Gain 476 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.43
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Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 383
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Age 43 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:09am - 6:28pm
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Lower yourself to do this quick hike
by fricknaley

2013 Route Modification Access is now from the Ritz.

Overview: This is a very simple little lasso loop from the common Wild Burro Trailhead, off of Dove Mountain Blvd. in the Tortolita Mountain trail system. Short and easy, it offers the perfect late day getaway or opportunity for a brief excursion into the desert mountains. The route finding is easy and the trails are all nice in here.

Hike: This hike begins from the Wild Burro Trailhead and follows the wide, sandy and flat Wild Burro Wash into the western interior of the Tortolitas via Wild Burro Canyon. This beginning section is a "get it over with" 1.35 mile walk up the wash cutting between two golf courses (which you don't actually see). At the end of the wash is the annoying Ritz-Carlton eyesore. Bring your iPod or whatever you use and power through this section to the real beginning of the trail network. You can follow the trail which weaves in and out of the wash or simply walk straight up the wash, you will end up in the same place.

Where the Wild Burro hits the trail network, there are several signs to point you in the correct direction. To the left is the route for the Lower Javelina Trail. Cross left over the wash to the base of the northern canyon wall, where another sign tells you to go right onto the Lower Javelina trail, while the Upper Javelina breaks up and to the left. The trail winds through the desert and soon splits again at another sign. The Lower Javelina now goes left, while the Wild Burro Trail continues on straight along the wash. The Lower Javelina will climb up a couple hundred feet then run along the flank of the canyon wall. The trail cuts through excellent desert and winds around the bouldery terrain. Look back occasionally for nice views down the canyon and out to Baboquivari Peak. Soon enough the trail descends back to the bottom of the wash and crosses over it to the other (southern) side. This is all signed. It briefly climbs up a couple hundred feet then runs along the flank of the southern wall of the canyon as it heads back to the mouth of Wild Burro Canyon. You can see the eyesore Ritz on the way back. The trail then descends again, meets up with the Alamo Springs trail descending from the ridgeline of the southern wall and drops you back off at the beginning of the trail network. Follow the Wild Burro Trail or wash back to the trailhead.

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2009-12-20 fricknaley
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    We had planned on doing Kimball/Window via Finger Rock, but the cold temps had us looking at the last minute for something a little lower in elevation, so JJ & I introduced Mountain Rat to the Tortolita Superloop. Started just after 8, and moved through it fairly quickly. All the trails are super easy to follow with the exception of the old, unnamed trail you take on the superloop to connect the end of Cochie Canyon to the dropdown onto Wild Mustang. It was a little overgrown in spots, and involves that short, steep ascent over the ridge.

    Today I was wearing leather boots, and during the our time in that particular section, the glue gave way with the sole on my right boot and I had a flopper. It came loose from the toe all the way to the arch on my right foot. Thankfully it was easily remedied with some good ole duct tape...few swipes around and it was fine the rest of the day. Once we were done with that section and was onto Wild Mustang, the left boot did the way from toe to the ball of my left foot. Little more duct tape, here we come.

    This was the first time I've done the whole loop in nearly 2 years; when I was on it last, there was still trail construction going on around the Wild Burro spur and the Ridgeline, and on that particular day I needed to take a detour route. Today I re-recorded the track and will update the trip description to note the final route.

    Up on the Ridgeline (my favorite section), we took in views from Mt. Wrightson, Baboquivari & Kitt Peak in the south to Four Peaks in the north, beautiful.

    Was great getting to know Mountain Rat, enjoyed your company today! And as always, JJ too.
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    I met up with JJ and Dave at the Wild Burro TH just a bit after 8:00 and we commenced to burning up the trail. Early on, we had just enough sunshine to keep us from freezing, but well before the half way mark we had a pretty comfortable balance of sun and shade that lasted the rest of the hike. This one covers quite a lot of ground and though the elevation gain seems kind of low, you pick it up quickly in just a few spots, so it’s not easy gain. This was a tough little trot in an area that I intend to further explore.

    Thanks to Dave and JJ for guiding this one. I had no track loaded, so had no clue what to do or where to go. Till next time…
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    This lasso loop hike came onto my radar about a year ago. It looked interesting and it was relatively close to Phoenix. The weather looked pleasant for late April and I talked to Kyle and Claire and they were down. Wet met at Ray Rd and the I-10 and the drive down took took a little over an hour.

    This hike starts from the Ritz Carlton parking lot. The Trailhead has nice bathrooms and they provide a map with excellent details of the hikes in the area. The trail starts by dropping you into a wash. Soon after we hit a junction and went to the northwest as we started our lasso loop. These trails are in excellent condition and are easy to follow. There were a few people on the early portion around the resort. They didn't wander too far away.

    We made steady progress and we took a short break by the windmill at the five mile mark. From there we connected onto the unofficial trail. The route is generally easy to follow but it really helped having a GPS. Mostly for the beginning and a few short stretches as we climbed to the ridgeline and then dropped down the east side where we connected back on official trail.

    Once back on trail we made quick time as we headed for the homestead. We passed the grave marker along the way and soon after Claire spotted a bobcat on the trail ahead of us. I caught a quick glimpse of it as it ran away. We continued on and took our lunch at the homestead where there were a couple of tanks for water. It looked green but filterable. The real issue were all the wasps flying around. We didn't explore the homestead much. There is a large rock corral to the northeast. It looks like that is where you want to pick up the trail. Instead we followed a use trail two-tenths of a mile to connect back onto trail.

    Next up was the Ridgeline trail and this is the best portion of the hike. The trail is in excellent condition and the views of the Catalinas and Mount Lemmon are breathtaking! We made quick time and connected onto a few different trails. The rest of the hike blurred by and before long we were all done and back to the jeep.

    The Tortolitas have some nice hiking. It's a large range with a lot of trails in very good condition. It reminded us a lot of South Mountain without the people. Give this area a try if you're looking for some nice trails that aren't too far from the major cities.
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    9L's been wanting to do this... mostly for all the unique trail links to add to his ranking. I'm sure my list is wrong. I'll fix it after he posts-- he won't miss a single one :lol:

    It was nice to do a new area but there's really nothing too interesting going on down here. The Tortolita Ridgeline Trail was definitely the highlight-- some great views of Lemmon and Wrightson. There was a good bit of commentary that most of the day was very similar to hiking South Mountain except the trails here are immaculate. It was a beautiful day and an enjoyable hike but I don't see myself visiting these trails again. Good flower show right now.

    A+ for nicest bathrooms at any trailhead anywhere :D
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    Started out today to see if I could find a route for a superloop around the biggest swath of the Tortolitas as I could and hit some or all of every trail out there ... mission accomplished :y: The unofficial trail from the top of Cochie Spring to the top of Wild Mustang was a little uncertain at first but quickly proved very doable. Loved taking in the Torts from so many angles today. Especially loved the Cochie and Ridgeline segments of this loop! Take the time to do some looking around when you go to Wild Burro Tank, there is a lot more out there than you might realize.

    May re-do the official route I posted later, once the construction finishes on the Wild Burro Loop Trail portion, as I think that will put the first 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile after Wild Burro Tank on a much more defined trail.

    Started about 9am, out just after 4pm.
    Lower Javelina Loop
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    It's amazing how much more painful this is after a long, difficult day at work...but how much more rewarding.

    Beat my last time by 3 minutes I believe.

    I'm so close to a 20,000 foot month I can just smell it...or maybe that's just Bob I smell.. :sl:

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    Map Drive
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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
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