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Tortolita Ridgeline Trail - 7 members in 28 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 25 2015
Tough_Boots
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64 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking18.00 Miles 3,705 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles
3,705 ft AEG
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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
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Apr 25 2015
John9L
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 Guides 6
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
John9L
Hiking18.05 Miles 3,792 AEG
Hiking18.05 Miles
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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.
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Apr 25 2015
clairebear
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 Photos 178
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39 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
clairebear
Hiking18.05 Miles 3,792 AEG
Hiking18.05 Miles
3,792 ft AEG
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1st trip
Not a very rugged area,( but maybe my perception was clouded by the fact that the trail starts at the Ritz Carlton :-k ? The area is vast, however and there is plenty to explore. AND as we were hiking I saw a bobcat dart around a bend in the trail up ahead. He disappeared very quickly and I only glimpsed him for a second, but it was still so cool to see a BOBCAT ^^

The ridgeline Trail was very beautiful- the views of Mount Lemmon were inspiring~ Definitely the highlight of the day

As our hike neared the end we came into view of the Ritz again and could see some event being set up and lots of Tuxedos gathered around. A start contrast to us, all dusty from an 18 mile hike. Maybe we should have celebrated post-hike with a martini at the lounge??
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Feb 26 2015
sirena
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47 female
 Joined Feb 12 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 26 2015
sirena
Backpack17.20 Miles 3,560 AEG
Backpack17.20 Miles2 Days         
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Despite working for a trail organization, I sometimes get stuck behind my computer and an endless stream of emails and phone calls. I needed to get away for a quick overnighter and realized I hadn't hiked the new Tortolita Ridgeline Trail. I worked until 4 and got hiking by 5 on the Tortolitas Superloop. Made it onto the Cochie Canyon Trail for a great sunset- I almost missed the best part of it cause I thought it was over and started hiking again. Found a spot after hiking with my headlamp for a bit that had the only flat real estate around and set up camp. Had an enjoyable evening with a beautiful halo around the moon for photography.

The next morning, I hiked to the old windmill and got on the connector trail over to Wild Mustang. When I reached the saddle, I explored a well-cairned route that seems to go back under the rocky peak and toward Wild Burro Wash. Something to check out next time. There were great views of the Catalinas and Picacho Peak from the saddle. You go past a crested saguaro that has seen better times- a victim of the frost of 2010. I stabbed my little toe trying to sidestep a small saguaro. Those spines have some sort of poison that hurts beyond just the usual jab. Dug out a good-sized piece once I got home.

I made it to the Wild Mustang and took it to the new-to-me Wild Burro Tank/Goat Corral trail. This trail meanders through the desert until it reaches Wild Burro Tank, a solar windmill with a big metal tank and a wildlife tank with a covered float. I had brought all my water for the two days but took on an emergency liter from the tank just in case. Such a desert hiker.

After exploring the Goat Corral area I started up the Ridgeline Trail lazy switchbacks up to the ridgecrest. The trail construction in the Tortolitas is amazing! The new Ridgeline is a delight! It contours around, swooping this way and that to stay on the ridgeline and offers incredible views down into the Tortolitas as well as views of the Catalinas, Santa Ritas, and Picacho Peak. All of this and wildflowers too, many varieties including some fragrant ceanothus. I was super-excited to be on such a sweet fresh piece of trail so close to my home.

The Wild Burro Tank/Ridgeline loop eventually drops you back at Wild Burro just a little ways down from where you started the loop. It's a great tour of the interior of the Torts. I took the Wild Burro Trail all the way and made it back to my car with out seeing anyone for the entire time I was out :y: A great little 24-hour adventure.
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Moderate in areas- brittlebush blooming near the TH, patches of other flowers along the loop.

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Tanks were both full
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Jul 26 2014
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Wild Burro Wash - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Run/Jog13.00 Miles 1,864 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   4.97 mph
1,864 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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started off pretty good but the wheels came off the last 3 miles...blah :wrt:

ridgeline is a wonderful trail to run. definitely my new favorite out there. ran wild burro all the way out to the spring and came back on the loop connector and ridgeline. missed the official beginning of the loop connector and climbed up the old alignment. gotta fix that next time.

fast jenny kicked my butt today!
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Feb 23 2014
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking17.01 Miles 3,759 AEG
Hiking17.01 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   3.15 mph
3,759 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
I was really hoping to get in some good hiking this weekend and but my spill in the Estrellas took a toll on my right knee. With that being the case I let it rest and took it mild today.

I have been wanting to give this one a try and am glad I did. I loved it! Will likely go back and do it again sometime soon. Highlight of the day was seeing a Gila Monster on the trail. Only the second one I have ever seen. Very cool!
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Feb 08 2014
azdesertfather
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 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Tortolitas Super LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2014
azdesertfather
Hiking17.40 Miles 3,375 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.78 mph
3,375 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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.
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Nov 03 2013
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Wild Burro Wash - Tortolita MountainsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking12.11 Miles 2,195 AEG
Hiking12.11 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.41 mph
2,195 ft AEG      26 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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great hike out to investigate the new Tortolita Ridgeline Trail which is now complete..and awesome! probably about half of the new Loop Connector trail is done too. when finished it should link up to Wild Burro Spring. really nice trail network developing out here.

my Dad joined me, which is always a treat but the show was stole by a special guest hiker today...my Mom :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y: :y:
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