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Sep 06 2018
survivordude
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38 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 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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1st trip
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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
friendofThunde
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37 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 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
friendofThunde
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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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Oct 20 2017
rvcarter
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Oracle Ridge - Red Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2017
rvcarter
Hiking8.27 Miles 2,506 AEG
Hiking8.27 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   1.82 mph
2,506 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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NIEL CHRISTENSEN
Frank B, Frank E, Niel, and I did the loop in fine weather. The loop is a great day hike, but seems harder since the uphill portion is on the last half of the hike and the Red Ridge is so steep. The connector trail (#401) down from Dan Saddle seems to have deteriorated quite a bit since our last time. The rocks are "rolly" and you have to watch every step to prevent turning an ankle. It reminded me of the lower part of the Sutherland Trail. I put most of the trip details in the description just posted.

Wear long pants; the thorny bushes (mostly Mexican buckthorne) are trying to reclaim their trail on the upper third of Red Ridge, and #401 has some cats claw.

All in all, fine day out with my hiking buds.
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Mar 18 2016
toddak
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 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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