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Red Ridge and Canada del Oro Loop - 4 members in 17 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 26 2020
Brian14
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Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2020
Brian14
Hiking11.24 Miles 3,583 AEG
Hiking11.24 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.04 mph
3,583 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Well I only did the red-ridge and a wee bit of the Canada del oro. This is what happens when you think you’re in better shape than you are! My legs were shot before I got to the bottom and it was a bit of misery getting back to the top! I laughed thinking well 6 months ago I was racing up and down Humphreys peak, but I’m 44 and it’s been 6 months haha!
Good hike- so much water right now. Back and forth across solid fast moving streams. A few deer and some other unseen large things in the brush kept my senses alert.
Oct 06 2019
jladderud
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31 male
 Joined Oct 05 2017
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jladderud
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,542 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   2.79 mph
4,542 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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The CDO trail is one of my new favorites on Mt Lemmon -- beautiful riparian environment! Neat to side trail and see Catalina Camp, too. I need to learn the story behind that. Wouldn't want to shelter there -- lots of rodent poop (and Hantavirus??). Saw plenty of bear scat, but no bears.
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Aug 14 2019
Brian14
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Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Brian14
Hiking14.37 Miles 4,375 AEG
Hiking14.37 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   2.20 mph
4,375 ft AEG
 
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This is a really good hike- zip through so many ecological zones. Lemmon is a pretty cool mountain.
Much more wild life on the north slopes. A small black bear kept ahead of me for a couple miles. First bear I’ve seen since the Boy Scout days! I think he/she thought I was following it as it kept just moving up the trail I was on. So many deer I quit counting.
Still getting used to doing the easy part (down hill) first the slogging back up. There is a lack of water for most of this hike but the springs at the top of Lemmon were flowing crisp cold waster and I probably over indulged a bit haha.
I’ll do this one again or replace red ridge with oracle ridge if I’m feeling saucy
Jul 17 2018
lhalloran
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26 male
 Joined May 09 2018
 Phoenix, Arizona
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2018
lhalloran
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,900 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.01 mph
4,900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Whew, boy do I wish I had read the trip logs more thoroughly before starting this hike! I thought it felt longer than the 16.4 mile quote in the main post. I also neglected to wear long pants, opting for the short running shorts instead. Big mistake! Red Ridge trail was mostly walking through sharp bunch grass that I'm sure is a tick factory (luckily got none on me). CDO had more poison ivy than I've seen on any hikes to date, and often in big clusters.

Rained all day Monday and early Tuesday morning, but the creek along CDO was still bone dry except some questionable looking pools. Glad I brought plenty of water, 4L (and drank my fill from the fill jug before starting), but still managed to run out about 2 miles from the trailhead.

I stopped to photograph a horned lizard, and out of nowhere a ~3 foot sonoran whipsnake FLEW across the trail, just a couple feet from me, and snatched him up. I nearly jumped into orbit. Got a few pictures of him in the snakes mouth, but the snake quickly retreated into the grass. Also saw a few deer, a couple enormous cows, and another snake I wasn't able to identify. Didn't pass another human until I got to the Mt. Lemmon jeep trail, like 14 miles into the hike.

All in all this hike kicked my butt! It was overgrown in places and I lost the trail several times. But reaching the summit was a great feeling, and I'm glad to say I did it. I'm already booked to do the E5 Alps crossing next month, and needed the practice.

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Red ridge trail 2/5
CDO trail 4/5
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Jul 25 2015
Pivo
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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
 
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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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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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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Jul 25 2015
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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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
MyRudy
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 Joined Apr 23 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MyRudy
Hiking17.75 Miles 4,941 AEG
Hiking17.75 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.33 mph
4,941 ft AEG   1 Hour   52 Mns Break
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uphill_junkie
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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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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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 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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Jun 09 2014
dieanotherday15
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 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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dieanotherday15
Hiking16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles   10 Hrs      1.93 mph
4,180 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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To get back into my summer hiking shape, I decided to do the Canada del Oro loop and see if I could follow my own directions. Wow did it kick my butt this time around! Going off of only a few hours of sleep the night before, it was slow going and I ended up stopping to nap at various points, especially higher up in the cool breezes of Mt Lemmon.

As it was when I went before, I was the only person in the Canada del Oro and didn't encounter anyone until the junction with the Mt Lemmon trail. Surprisingly given the dearth of rain this year in the Tucson area, the Canada del Oro had more water in it than when I went previously in June 2012 and was actually flowing in the lower portions! Other than that, can't beat the beautiful landscape and views. Since today was clear, I could actually see the window from the Samaniego Ridge Trail. So cool!
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writelots
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
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Backpack16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
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Sirena and I decided it was time that I knocked the CDO off my "to-do" list - and the promise of post-monsoon lushness made early-September the perfect time. We threw our packs on and spent two glorious days down on the northern slopes of the Santa Catalinas, and I was not disappointed by the beauty and rugged isolation of this canyon. It has definitely seen the brunt of the devastation from the fires and their resulting floods - and there is a good bit of route finding that must be done to keep track of the trail tread. However, if you keep your eyes open and your skills sharp, you should have no trouble.

We brought Lilo, trail dog extraordinaire, as well. She gave the whole experience a definite paws up...

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Sep 08 2013
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 Tucson, AZ
Red Ridge and Canada del Oro LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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camiles
Hiking18.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   8 Hrs   13 Mns   2.19 mph
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The family of Turkeys near the road to the Summit Parking area was a fun way to start the day! Parked at the Summit and then ran down to the Red Ridge Trailhead and down the trail - great views along the ridge where the fire cleared out the trees and nice to get to the lower part of the ridge where the trail is nicer and the trees are still standing. There was flowing water in the East Fork of the CDO - always a nice spot! This was my 2nd trip from the East Fork down to the CDO junction and the trail was easier to follow this time (a few faint sections for sure) - plenty of Cat's Claw in this section...

Great yellow flowers along the CDO Trail! This was my 2nd time on this trail, the first time we did pretty well staying on trail and I was surprised that I had to backtrack several times to find the trail - it was nice to have the GPS track from last time. Awesome amount of water in the CDO, very lush, bear scat along the trail, quite a bit of Poison Ivy, stinging caterpillars in one section on the New Mexico Locust - if you are estimating time on this section I recommend being conservative - faint sections of trail, stream crossing, poison Ivy dodging and overgrown trail may slow you down. I have never camped along the CDO but there are some amazing spots for sure!

At the shortcut trail I headed right over to the Samaniego Ridge Trail for the views and climbing - and then to the top! This has to be one of the most amazing loops in the Santa Catalina Mountains!

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/set ... 727629194/
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GrottoGirl
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 Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking13.88 Miles 3,696 AEG
Hiking13.88 Miles   9 Hrs   41 Mns   2.25 mph
3,696 ft AEG   3 Hrs   31 Mns Break
 
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I joined Mitch and the Sierra Adventure Meetup on a hike because Joel was on-call and couldn't stray far from town. A few of my friends from the Alt meetup also went. I don't often join other groups so I thought it would be an interesting experience.

We left one car at the Red Ridge trail and then went up to the Mountain Lemmon TH.

The pace was a bit slower than our normal pace but I worked on resetting my mind to think of this is a leisurely hike. After a while, it became apparent that one of the guys on the trip was struggling some with the downhill. I kept hoping that maybe he is just one of those people who prefer uphill. I also wondered if he should turn around. But it wasn't my hike so I didn't say anything - which in hind site I probably should have.

I was amazed by the CDO trail. I hadn't been on it before and I found it to be quite lush and beautiful. It also had a fair amount of poison ivy on it. As we dropped in elevation the water level in the creek rose. I had stopped rock hopping and just waded in the creek and found that at times the water was up to my knees.

A few storms rolled in and we were rained on but nothing serious. However, the thunder all around us seemed angry.

As we approached our junction the vegetation changed. We started to see a lot more oak, juniper, and sycamore. There was even some yucca in bloom.

On the way up, the alt hikers took the lead and just waited whenever the trail was a bit iffy. The storms blew away so I put up my umbrella and rain cover.

The slow guy was starting to show a lot of distress. We stopped for a lunch break at the junction to Catalina Camp. It took him a long time to get there. Gary went back for him and made sure that he found the way. The hiker was tired, dehydrated, and cramping up. He rested with his feet up for a while.

The crew stocked up on water and then started the final three mile climb out. After waiting several times the debate about whether to call in for help started. We decided to split up and have three of us complete the car shuttle while the others worked to get the distressed hiker out. Mitch organized us in a manner that made sense. A nurse practitioner happened to be with us so she helped take care of the hiker. Mike, who typically hikes with Alt and always carries a ham radio in case of emergencies, so he also stayed. We were about two miles from the TH when we split up.

As we reached the crest, we saw a helicopter searching over by Oracle Ridge. We figured it was looking for our group. Soon it made it's way to Red Ridge. However, there was no where to land so it went away after radioing in the location of the group.

When we got to the trailhead, two sheriff's deputies and a crew of mountain rescue hikers showed up. We gave them some details and then they headed up the trail. We finished up the car shuttle and one of the other guys came up. He had started to feel really tired so he thought it was best for him to complete the hike instead of possibly becoming a patient, too.

After a bit Gary showed up and said that the rescuers had reached them so he came up. He reported that a horse had been requested.

Soon a horse rescue team showed up. I went to watch them saddle up and I was impressed with the efficiency they exhibited. They took off on the trail to bring the patient back on horseback.

The incident commander for SARA came by and so did the SARA horseman. Things went very smoothly. I assume that the call for help went out just before 4 PM and by 6 PM everyone was back at the TH.

Thank you SARA, Pima County Sheriffs, and the Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue teams. We are lucky to have a lot of volunteers who are willing to help out!
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Jun 30 2012
dieanotherday15
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31 male
 Joined Jul 08 2012
 Tucson, AZ
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dieanotherday15
Hiking16.40 Miles 4,180 AEG
Hiking16.40 Miles   8 Hrs      2.05 mph
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