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Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411
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Pontatoc Ridge Trail #411Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.68 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.60 mph
2,340 ft AEG
 
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Our journey up north to hike the Supes Ridgeline was canceled due to the weather. Therefore, as not be total sloths this weekend, Joel and I did a short hike after we were done shopping at the Summit Hut Swap Meet.

There were many people milling about near the Finger Rock trailhead. They all wanted to hike up to see the snow. We quickly maneuvered around them and headed up the Pontatoc Ridge trail.

Right after the junction with the Canyon trail, I was happy to see that some of the saguaros still had some snow stuck to their sides. There wasn't a lot of snow to be seen at this elevation.

Instead of going to the official end of the trail, we headed up the to the top of the ridge. The minute you branch off the main trail, the route becomes really steep! There were a couple of spots I had to let go of my poles to scramble up. As were were climbing, a snow flurry moved across the foothills. It was cool to see the snow swirling around us.

The top of the ridge was a good reward! We were lucky because the snow had passed us and the wind had died down enabling us to enjoy the view.

Note to whomever cares, the mileage listed in the Trail Description is wrong. It's more like 4.6 miles round trip if you go to the top of the ridge and less if you go to the official end of the trail.

I plan to return next winter (before lambing season) and do a loop hike joining the Pontatoc Ridge and Canyon trials.
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