Rincon Mountain District
3693 South Old Spanish Trail , Tucson, AZ, USA
Phone: (520) 733 -5153
Rincon Mountain District Tucson Reviews
Adventurous Hiking Trails in the East Mar 14, 2010
I have not yet experienced the Rincon Mountains in full because I have only just began venturing into it's district. Most of the foothills area is only accessible on horse back or by foot. My first hike in this area was only yesterday and I intend to discover more of it. The Rincon Mountains have woodlands of scrub oak and pine trees and the Ponderosa pine forest. The Rincon Mountain Wilderness is rugged and steep with many deep canyons and rocky ridges. Certain areas of the wilderness are quite hard to reach on foot and literally impassable even on horseback. Miller Creek Trail is closed to horses in the Park. 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. The Rincon mountains offer the avid hiker such an adventure with many trails; the eastern trails are seven and consist of hiking trails ranging from 20 minutes to 7 hours. Some of the trails that may interest you include:
*The Desert Ecology Trail which will give you a good feel for the Sonoran desert climate and the adaptations that gives plant life. This is an easy hike, my 9 year old daughter did it with such ease. The trails has signs along its length providing additional information, and even benches to allow you to catch your breath when tired. All the while the view of the mountains so beautiful.
*The Mica View Picnic Area loop is another scenic view with a natural desert garden. We did not go through this trail, but I hear it is a great easy hikes as well, runs about an hour.
* The Freeman Homestead Trail provides a more historic path to the site of an early desert homestead and grove of giant saguaros. It has signs in full color with information explaining the many aspects of the dwellers in this rugged homestead
*The Loma Verde loop runs about 2 hours and begins on the Cactus Forest drive. If you follow this trail it takes you past the site of a failed copper mine. It intersects with the junction of Pink hill from where you can see the cactus forest in all it's beauty after climbing the Pink Hill. This is the loop Desire and I hiked.
*For a little less than 4 hours of hiking, you can enjoy the Douglas Spring Trail and Bridal Wreath Falls. Desire and I managed to go about an hour in before deciding to go with a larger crowd to hike the Loma Verde. I shall hike this later when I do not have Desire since it has an 1100 ft. elevation gain and the distance is a little much for a 9 year old. I hear it has seasonal water courses that add much interest to the scenery
*For more rugged trails and more challenge, the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is what you want to experience. It has a 4000 ft. elevation gain and you can climb as high as your time permits you. At such an elevation, the views are beyond words. I think you can overnight/ camp up there but you do need a specific permit to do so. You can inquire at the information center before to embark on your hike.
*The last of the seven main trails is the Hope Camp Trail which runs about 4 hours.
Contact information on Park Passes and trail maps:
Rincon Mountain District Information Center
Phone: (520) 733 -5153
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