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Red Ridge Trail #2 - 10 members in 39 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
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37 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Catalina Camp TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 29 2019
ShatteredArm
Run/Jog22.40 Miles 5,210 AEG
Run/Jog22.40 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.63 mph
5,210 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I few months ago I came up with idea of doing a "circumnavigation of Mount Lemmon". I needed some miles, so decided to make an attempt on a late June weekend. Maybe it was a bit brash to try such a route during the summer months.

The goal was to start at Butterfly TH, go down to Crystal Springs trail, up the Oracle Control Road, down Oracle Ridge to Dan Saddle and then down to Catalina Camp, then down to CDO, up to Samaniego Ridge and then Lemmon Trail, then head down to WoR, back across Marshall Saddle, and connect with Sunset to finish the loop. A solid loop if I do say so myself, probably pretty close to a marathon with 6000+ feet of ascent.

The plan held up until Catalina Camp, where it started to get warm, and I really started to question whether I had it in me. This was the last bail-out point, and I took it. Luckily there was a trickle in the creek, so I was able to fill up before heading up Red Ridge (the first time I've had the, let's call it a privilege, of seeing this trail in the uphill direction). Surprisingly, I saw three other people on Catalina Camp and Red Ridge trails. Thought I was the only one stupid enough to be down there in late June.

When I got to Red Ridge, clouds had rolled in, and I was feeling much more alive. So I added a few miles back on by heading up the road to the ski resort, and heading down Aspen Draw (where it even sprinkled a little bit!), before taking a Mint Springs to Marshall Saddle detour.

Ended up a pretty good outing still, even if the whole circumnavigation has to wait until another (possibly cooler) day.
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Sep 06 2018
survivordude
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40 male
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 The Basin
Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
survivordude
Hiking8.50 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.55 mph
2,600 ft AEG
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Another research and elevation training trip in the Catalinas. Really liking this area and the drive down isnt even that bad, either. Wanting to explore some new areas, I brought Sanchez with me this time. Right when we parked the Jeep near the Red Ridge trailhead, we saw several deer so we knew it was going to be a great hike. We started down the Oracle Ridge trail where the views were great due to the high visibility of the day. I am always so surprised how lush the Catalinas can be. We started bear singing just in case. Sanchez had no interest in hitting the Pinal high point, though we were so close, so we just went down the hill at the saddle and to the old camp. Not sure how long ago there were operations here, but there was a lot of equipment down there. The cabin was in good shape and it had some cool features, like a sun deck, a BBQ grill, and even a squatter. The hike up Red Ridge was fairly smooth as it was a long hike back up to the top so the grade was easy going. Seems like there is a lot more to explore out here.. would like to do the whole front range soon.
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Jun 03 2018
friendofThundergod
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38 male
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 AZ
Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking7.35 Miles 2,684 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.19 mph
2,684 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
We started at 6:30 thinking we would beat the heat, but it was already scorching on Oracle Ridge by seven. Luckily there was some intermittent spots of shade and some lightly flowing water at the creek crossing. However, overall the hike was much warmer than what we wanted for the pups. I guess you need to start at 4:30 in the morning to beat the heat on this one. Heat aside, we still enjoyed the hike and the dogs did fine, just a few extra breaks in the shade and a lot of water consumed. We didn’t feel like walking the dogs back on the paved road, so CJ put on her running shoes and got the car while I waited with the pack.

No rain or snow in the winter, locked out of the woods a week before Memorial Day and too hot to hike dogs at 8k, Arizona sure is a lovely state to live in lately. Thankful to be completing my annual summer exodus from here soon.
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Mar 21 2018
friendofThundergod
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Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking8.45 Miles 2,712 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.54 mph
2,712 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
I found myself in Tucson to pick up a couple of dogs, so I figured why not hang out a day and hike Lemmon? After all, it is spring break.

I got this hike idea from @carriejane a couple weekends ago, when she pondered (after seeing a trail heading down from Oracle) if there was a way to loop Red Ridge Trail with Oracle Ridge during our hike to Rice Peak. When we got back we looked on HAZ and found a description for the exact loop she was thinking of, so I decided to try it out today.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent little loop. The cabin is a fun stop and the creek was flowing nicely. Red Ridge Trail is a stout little climb, but the trail offers some excellent views and the few remaining trees from the past forest fire add a little charm to some of the sections along the trail. I would not want to do the road walk on a busy weekend, but it was not too bad today. There were a lot of cows in the lower section of the loop.
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Aug 06 2017
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge: Upper TH to Dan SaddleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2017
fricknaley
Hiking8.22 Miles 2,647 AEG
Hiking8.22 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.49 mph
2,647 ft AEG      9 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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good to be back in the mountains. as expected there were a ton of flowers along upper oracle ridge.

catalina camp trail is a little overgrown but fine. the camp is in pretty good shape.

red ridge is a great trail, even provides some shade for the sharp ascent.

great loop as always.
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Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
jrousoshammond
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to hike CDO again, but with a few changes from the Red Ridge loop we did last year. We travelled down Oracle Ridge and also started from the top of Lemmon, taking care of Aspen Draw and the road at the beginning.

Oracle Ridge was great in the cool morning weather. Catalina Camp is just as amusing a trip as I remember it being last year. There was water near the trail from the CC/RR junction all the way to the homestretch of the CDO trail. Since I finally remembered to bring a filter, we were able to refill our water a few times (I easily finished 4 liters and a big gatorade). Cooling down in the water made a big difference too.

Now for the whining: wear long pants. The trails are easy enough to follow, but my shins and knees got pretty torn up in the overgrowth - especially above 6k on CDO and in the burnt-out portions of Sutherland. That being said, CDO is gorgeous from all the recent rains and it was still worth the annoyance. There's a lot of climbing to do in the final miles of this hike, but my CO trip left my legs in good shape, so nearly all of my ranting was at the overgrown trails.
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Aug 14 2016
MSimmons
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33 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ 
Oracle Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2016
MSimmons
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,059 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   2.14 mph
5,059 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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This was a little expansion on the Red Ridge/Canada del Oro Loop. Parked at the very top of Lemmon and took Aspen Draw down to the road, and then the road down to Oracle Ridge. With all the recent rain, everything out there was delightfully green. At Catalina Camp someone had fittingly left a paperback copy of the eating-your-pals-in-the-mountains classic "Alive".

The highlight of the day for me came a bit later, out on the northern leg of Red Ridge Trail, where the views of Reef of Rock are just awesome :worthy:

The first few miles of Canada del Oro were a nice stroll through an exceptionally wide riparian strip. Later on things became a bit tedious, with tricky path-finding, scruggley overgrowth, and loads of buggos. I don't recall it being quite as bad last year. By the time we made it out of the canyon, I had this annoying headache going (don't know why because my legs and lungs felt good and I was drinking plenty of water!) which kept me from really enjoying the cool, sunny afternoon and beautiful pine forests :stretch:

Still, a good day and a grand loop!
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May 03 2016
rvcarter
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75 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Red Ridge Trail #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2016
rvcarter
Hiking7.06 Miles 2,493 AEG
Hiking7.06 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.93 mph
2,493 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Finally back in AZ! Got a chance to go on Oracle Ridge/Red Ridge Loop with Randy, Frank, and Sharon. Beautiful day, great trail, excellent hiking buds, but the climb up up Red Ridge after being out of commission back east for 4 weeks, kicked my butt. That's what happens when you grip nothing harder than a steering wheel and lift nothing heavier than Yuengling Lights for a month. I think the elevation was a factor also. I love this loop, but the climb up Red was relentless. Lots of flowing water at Catalina Camp.
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Mar 18 2016
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Oracle Ridge Trail #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
toddak
Hiking28.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   12 Hrs   30 Mns   2.24 mph
5,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Sweet lollipop route: up OR#1 to Dan Saddle > west down CC#401 > up RR#2 > road walk east to upper trailhead and back down Oracle Ridge. Single track trail sections are in good condition, dirt road sections are decent. Plenty of clear, cold flow in East Fork creek at the CC#401 / RR#2 junction.
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Jul 25 2015
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64 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
Pivo
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Long day, with once again very mild temps for this time of the year. We had cloud cover most of the day except for maybe 30 minutes. Lovely, scenic area. Two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes were spotted by Amy.
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Jul 25 2015
RedwallNHops
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45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
RedwallNHops
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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Nice long hike even tho i was pretty sluggish all day. Post hike beer and pizza was the highlight for me.
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Jul 25 2015
GrottoGirl
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45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
 
Great day! The CDO trail should be called the Poison Ivy Trail. Saw two Arizona Black Rattlesnakes! As usual they retreated promptly. There was water in the first drainage you cross when you come down Red Ridge. Also the middle of the CDO was running. There was also water at Shovel Spring.

Good weather for this hike since it was cloudy.
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Jul 25 2015
slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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It's been far too long since I've seen anywhere near 5000 feet of aeg in one day. I just needed to do it within 10-12 hours and keep up a 2 - 2.5 mph pace and not require a horse rescue.
We went down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge and down Red Ridge. We took a side trip over to Catalina Camp and then down to the CDO, I have heard much about. Once we got up to Shovel Spring, we started getting a pleasant breeze. We knew we were close to the top when we started seeing people...and people in flip flops. I was shocked at how much elevation we had to drop on the Aspen Trail. Then a quick climb up to the road and 1/4 mile of road walking to our cars.
Joseph and I agree that Slim Jims are yummier than egg yokes.
This whole hike was all new territory for me!
Great hike, a great group and all three requirements were met! :y:
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 Phoenix, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
BiFrost
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,910 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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Great hike...lots of AEG :sweat: Once down the Red Ridge Trail we reached the Canada Del Oro creek which had some decent water. Very hot and humid in the CDO but as we climbed out of the canyon it cooled off. Up on the ridge there was a cool breeze where we took a break and filtered water at Shovel Spring. Then continued over Mt Lemmon and passed by the ski run back down Aspen Draw Trail to the vehicle.
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Jul 25 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
uphill_junkie
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,910 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   27 Mns   2.74 mph
4,910 ft AEG   2 Hrs   58 Mns Break
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I've fallen off the grid again, but am still out there! This one I got to copy, so get to go the lazy route! Will try to get some of my Glacier backpack trip deets up too! (Yeah right!) ;)
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Jul 03 2015
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,420 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles
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Started a little before noon down the Red Ridge Trail. We took a little detour to the Catalina Camp, which I'd never visited (I took the liberty of tinkering with the mileage and AEG; hopefully that's kosher...). The lower sections of the loop were pretty warm, but since you don't have to climb much, it wasn't too bad.

The CDO trail is terrific. If it was more easily accessible, it would be as popular as any trail in southern AZ. It must be amazing to hike this in autumn. The route finding is easy for the most part. It disappeared a few times around 3-5 miles up the canyon, but the path-of-least-resistance put us back on the trail each of those times. A couple places before the switchbacks are pretty overgrown. The final climb out of the canyon to the Samaniego Ridge trail is really fun ;)

Aspen Draw Trail at sunset (with no mountain bikers) was a great way to end this hike.

This is a tough hike for July. I brought over a gallon and a half of water and Gatorade, and that wound up being just enough. 2 gallons and/or a purification system would probably be smart in this heat.
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Nov 09 2014
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 Arizona
Red Ridge Trail #2Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
wha
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,612 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   1.61 mph
2,612 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Loop hike down Red Ridge, past Catalina Camp, then up Oracle Ridge. I went the easier (?) direction and it still kicked my :pk:

Nice flow in the CDO East Fork.
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Oct 29 2014
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 Marana, AZ
Oracle Ridge to Catalina CampTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2014
Jim_H
Hiking8.30 Miles 2,496 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   5 Hrs      1.69 mph
2,496 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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I did a loop on the north side of the Catalinas in a place I have never been, before. Views are impressive, but the forest isn't coming back very well after the fire. Got back to my car well after dark the the air was cold! I think the best part of this hike is the upper end, both Red Ridge, and Oracle Ridge, as the oak and shrubby zones aren't super nice. Water in the creek, too.
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Aug 03 2014
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Catalina Camp Loop, AZ 
Catalina Camp Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2014
fricknaley
Hiking8.18 Miles 2,606 AEG
Hiking8.18 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.89 mph
2,606 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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wanted to get back up and do this loop again. the humidity was sky high but the temps were great. storms were building on the way up but never did anything. massive amount of flowers. 8)
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Jul 27 2014
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46 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Oracle Ridge Trail #1Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2014
camiles
Hiking8.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.13 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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Oracle Ridge - Catalina Camp - Red Ridge Loop. The Oracle Ridge Trail was great - ferns and flowers at the start and big views as usual. In just a spot or two the small Arizona Trail sections that bypass the road the trail was a little indistinct - but never hard to follow. On Catalina Camp I lost the wind an it was a bit hot. The real surprise for me was that when we arrived at the East Fork of the CDO there was flowing water! Red Ridge was just as steep as ever...

Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157646051060483/
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