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Ragged Top - Northwest Gulley - 8 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 26 2020
azdesertfather
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 Guides 12
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2020
azdesertfather
Hiking4.31 Miles 1,822 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   1.51 mph
1,822 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Great place to get away and destress. Had trouble at first getting there, following the Google route on HAZ rather than the written directions. But once I followed the written directions I found my way. The turnoff is an immediate left after the cattle guard and will be ok for a high clearance vehicle without 4WD.

No real trails out there, just a few rough roads and open desert to bushwhack. Did the loop in a clockwise direction, going up the SW gulley and down the NW one. When I started to make the final ascent up to Ragged Top itself, was surprised to encounter two different young couples up there. Enjoyed the peak for nearly an hour to myself.
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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau
Feb 24 2018
Booneman
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 736
 Triplogs 3,422

40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ragged Top - Northwest GulleyTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
Booneman
Hiking2.00 Miles 572 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   1.41 mph
572 ft AEG
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I wanted to check this area of Ironwood Forest out in order to hike Ragged Top and Silver Bell. I didn't summit because I did not feel like putting in the off-trail effort. I'll be back though.
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Feb 25 2017
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
chumley
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,505 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   1.22 mph
1,505 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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DallinW
johnlp
I had a short window for a Saturday hike, and this one has been knocking for a while.

We did the full loop in much less time than I had planned for based on some of the previous triplogs that had been posted. (Could have easily made it back in time for a ballgame :sweat: ).

The mileage isn't long and the terrain doesn't slow you down too much either. Views from up top were nice. If I return here, I'll plan to explore more of the ragged ridgeline or some of the other peaks nearby as BobP once did.

Having never been in the area before, one surprising highlight is how beautiful the surrounding desert is. The drive both to and from was remarkable. Ironwood National Monument is a winner! :)
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Feb 25 2017
DallinW
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29 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Ragged TopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2017
DallinW
Hiking2.50 Miles 1,505 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   1.22 mph
1,505 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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chumley
johnlp
I joined Chumley and John on this great little loop hike out at Ironwood NM. I didn't even know an Ironwood National Monument existed before this hike. :)

From the southern saddle, the route up the small chute to the top of the peak is engaging and fun. Descending the northwest gulley tops off the experience.

Great pick Chums!
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Nov 03 2014
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Ragged Top - Northwest GulleyTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2014
Jim_H
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
1,600 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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I declare the desert winter peak bagging season, OPEN!

OK, here is an angry looking mountain if I have ever seen one, and aside from the summit every part of it is somehow nasty. It just doesn't want you here. But, if you persevere against the sliding slope and the angry, pointy vegetation, you have a really nice view. I know it was more, since there is some up and down, but the simple summit to parking area is 1600'. I skipped AEG for this.
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Oct 13 2006
keepmoving
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34 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Ragged Top - Northwest GulleyTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2006
keepmoving
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   1.27 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Climbed the steeper gulley in an attempt to reach the highest peak. Hiked/climbed all the way up to a small saddle where I turned West and climbed up some rocks to reach a peak. To my disappointment I climbed the wrong one and was actually about 20 to 30 feet lower than the actual summit which turned out to be over to the East. Spent some time at the top admiring the view and interesting rock formations and hoping to see a desert bighorn sheep (to no avail).

Although I didn't have enough time or energy left to attempt the actual summit I did take some time eyeing the approach to it. Although from my vantage point it looked nearly impossible, I'm sure ill go back sometime soon and attempt to reach the top.

I would suggest to anyone attempting this hike to either bring a GPS or pay special attention to where your car is parked in relation to the mountain in order to find where you parked on the return trip. My GPS died on me during the hike back so I had difficulty finding where I parked. Considering the sun was setting and theres no trail back to the parking lot, I got lucky and ended up hitting the road a little less than a quarter mile away from where I was parked.
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Nov 14 2005
fricknaley
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45 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Ragged Top - Northwest GulleyTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2005
fricknaley
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.35 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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This a really fun scramble to a distinctive peak in the pristine Ironwood National Monument. The climbing somewhat reminded me af the Flatiron. Short but tough. Definitely worth checking this out, especially as an isolated alternative to the nearby Picacho.
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Feb 19 2005
uadave
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42 male
 Joined Nov 22 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Ragged Top - Northwest GulleyTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2005
uadave
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
went solo...took back roads through asarco mines? light drizzle in the morning made for cool clouds. lots of gold and purple flowers...i also threw down some mj seeds! no bighorn, but saw plenty of sign. also watched rain clouds move in while on cliffs...cool!
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average hiking speed 1.34 mph

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