From cactus-covered desert to pine-cloaked mountain heights, the Saguaro Wilderness Area in the Rincon Mountains protects the last roadless ‘sky island’ mountain range in Southern Arizona. At 4.5 miles, the Rincon Creek Trail continues straight and we turn left on the Rincon Peak Trail. The trail is level at first as it winds its way beside Miller Creek through a shaded oak and manzanita forest towards the base of the mountain. Saguaro National Park charges a fee to enter. Rincon Peak Trail is a 26.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Benson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Rodney was about my size but a more skilled and experienced player. Vegetation at the highest elevations is open ponderosa pine forests. Rincon Peak Trail starts at the intersection of the Rincon Creek Trail and the Heartbreak Ridge Trail. Elevations range between 3,880 and 7,325 feet on the Forest, reaching 8,482 feet at the summit of Rincon Peak in the Park. We carried everything we needed for three days, two nights, about 5 gallons. 1,155' Up • A lot of the hike is pleasantly shaded, and the views once on top are grand. It passes Italian Spring and begins dropping fairly steeply through an old burn area. For experienced hikers only.A strenuous, lengthy hike (16-mile round trip) in a remote Rincon Peak: Miller Peak Trail – Rincon Mountains | Visit Tucson Since Rincon Trail is a multi-use motorcycle trail, you may see an occasional dirt bike passing through. Don't be fooled by what appears to be a relatively short 3.3 mile run. This is where overgrowth on the trail was most prominent. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Many fallen trees acros trail Once you hike through the lowland areas Rincon wastes no time and shows some short, but serious elevation climbs. Second day to Rincon Peak. 8h 30m, I died Miller Creek Trail is closed to horses in the Park. Settings on the Forest range from desert grassland to pinyon, juniper and oak woodlands. • East across Tucson. The highest peaks of the Rincon Mountains, Mica Mountain at 8,664 feet and Rincon Peak at 8,482 feet are within the Saguaro National Park. Didn’t want to leave!!! The last quarter mile of trail is aptly named “angry trainer”. 1,047' Up 351.64 m Down, 3.1 mi Highly recommend it! 47.95 m Up Submitted by Annie Wilkinson. - Noon reached Happy Valley Campground. The dirt road (last 15 miles) before the trailhead took about 40 mins driving so plan for that. **Update: AllTrials updated the mileage - it is now correct The trail winds its way through the endless fields of boulders, oaks, pines and manzanita. The round trip mileage from the Miller Creek trailhead to Rincon Peak and back is 16.2 miles. After passing through a fence you'll come to a sign for the Miller Creek Trail: Saguaro National Park 1.5 miles, Rincon Peak Trail 4.4 miles, Happy Valley Saddle Camp 4.9 miles, Rincon Peak 8.1 miles. Best of luck out there. The trailhead starts on private, fenced property and is accessible from the second left dirt road. The Coronado National Forest manages lands on the northern, eastern, and southern flanks of this mountain range. Lots of water flowing today, snow patches near the summit, prefect temps. 248.11 m Up - The dirt road in was easily accessible and busier than I expected. https://www.trailrunproject.com/trail/7017724/rincon-peak-trail 46.19 m Down, 3.8 mi Third day out — - 3pm summit and SUPER windy- to the point that it was probably dangerous for me to be up there. Vegetation at the highest elevations is open ponderosa pine forests. Thankfully though, there are trail markers on trees that helped us find our way to the summit. Views on the way up were nice. Here’s the low down from the trip: Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and Pretty flat and shaded in this area. Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel River Ranger District, Rincon Canyon, West Fork San Gabriel, Pine Mountain, Mount Wilson, Monrovia Peak, Rincon Shortcut Trail, Spring Camp Last Known Status Temporarily Closed (due to the Bobcat Fire) The Miller Creek Trail technically ends at the saddle. The views were spectacular! The first 1.5 miles of the route are located in the Coronado National Forest, following Miller Creek for … *Miles 0-1.5: Private property, pretty flat and quick (watch out for cattle and their poo on the trail) Crossed 11 streams in Saab on way in! At this time of year there was practically no water along the trail, just little mucky cup fulls in rock pockets. Rincon Spur Peak is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Got first dibs on campsite- I chose #3 and was pleasantly surprised with bear boxes, tidy fire circles, out house, and plenty of firewood. The trail ends at the top, which shows an incredible view into Box Canyon, a … a strenuous day hike to the summit of Saguaro National Park’s most prominent mountain. Southwest to Mount Wrightson. Each unique collectible serves as a memento of a new region explored or a new trail traversed. Definitely doable, but definitely takes effort. The 8.1 mile long summit trail rises over 4,200 vertical feet and returns by the same route. 318.88 m Down, 3.1 mi Summiting Rincon Peak is not for the timid. Overall: bring lots of water and be prepared for a longer hike than AllTrails indicates. The hike itself follows very well-defined and well-signed trails within the Eastern Unit of Saguaro National Park - you will see none of the giant cacti on that side of the mountain. 11.8 km A brief overview of what to expect (rough estimates on mileage): - 5pm back at campsite with glass of red wine and started dinner. Unbelievably beautiful. Great but tough hike! Red tree markings help indicate trail. Road was well marked with mile markers and signage towards trailhead parking. 964' Down 86.8 m Up You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. This hike was an all day event but worth it! https://youtu.be/0_T4sxLPX2g. 964' Up I was curious to know what others considered to be an angry trainer, and I’d say this was pretty spot on. The Rincon Peak Trail is an "in and out" trail to Rincon Peak. You should park you vehicle in the large open "round-about" the moment you pull in. • There was some snow and ice on the trail after making the turn-off. Pedestrians only (no dogs, horses, mountain bikes) allowed on the trail. The trail is clearly marked and relatively well maintained. At about 4200 feet, the trip begins in chaparral country with oaks and manzanita instead of cacti. There is a fence that can be opened to access. Trail. Being a jerk / offensive? Rincon Peak from Heartbreak Ridge Trail Hike to Rincon Peak – This hike is near Happy Valley Campground, but we just didn’t have enough time (or extra potable water) to make the trip. Towards the end of the trail, incredible panoramic views and brilliant seasonal wildflowers fill the hillside. We started hiking at 9:30 AM and made it back by 5:30 PM after spending around an hour near the top eating lunch. You will find yourself needing a few breaks over the final 1,200' assent as the switchbacks are very tight and the grade is very steep. 831' Down From here it runs north-northwest up to Pistol Hill Road, crosses this road and then the X-9 Ranch Road, and continues up through the Rincon Valley. • The trail is … From Manning Camp the trail goes through several trail junctions on the way to Mica Mountain and then it starts down the other side of the Rincon Mountains. For most of the distance to the crest, the trail stays well off the ridge on the west side. Tanque Verde Ridge Trail This is a strenuous, 18-mile round-trip hike through pristine Sonoran Desert landscape with tremendous views. Set up camp and ate lunch. 152' Down The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Plenty of water due to recent rainfall but a lot of snow covered the trail near the top. Nice break for the legs. 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