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North Oracle Ridge Loop, AZ
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13 by photographer avatarmarkthurman53
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North Oracle Ridge Loop, AZ 
North Oracle Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
markthurman53
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,868 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.55 mph
1,868 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I went hiking with a friend from way way way back in the 60's. Picked a hike that wasn't too long with a bit of 2 track, a bit of really nice trail and a section of bushwhacking. I had never been on the Oracle Ridge Trail from the Cody Trail to Cody Road in Oracle so decided to do that. Didn't want to do an in and out because that would only be 4 miles so I opted to head down the Cody tail for 2 miles and return on the S. Wildcat Trail (actually a two track) then bushwhack back to the Oracle Ridge Trail. This route turned out to be a little over 8 miles.

There were great views to the north, and east.I could see Weavers Needle, Four Peaks and the Superstition Ridge line. To the north east Pinal and Mount Turnbull and of coarse the Guliuros. Once on the Cody Trail it was like being on a super highway, really nicely maintained. I almost forgot what it is like to hike on a well groomed trail. The last stretch of the hike to get back to the Oracle Ridge Trail was a bushwhack, a bit more intense than google earth indicated (not the first time picking a route on Google Earth has done this to me). Actually my friend was in shorts and I thought he needed a few battle scars on his legs, this section did that. The down side is I was wearing a short sleeve shirt which I very seldom do and I ended up getting a few myself. All in all a good little hike with a surprise on Francis peak which is explained in the photos.
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