Red Ridge

Mount Lemmon, Arizona

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A day hike from the Mount Lemmon Road to the floor of the Cañada del Oro. The trail begins by climbing over a low hill clad in a mixed forest that includes pines, aspens, spruces, and even subalpine firs. It then drops to a ridgeline and soon reaches a high overlook. The Reef of Rock drops away to the west. Straight ahead lies the broad basin of the Cañada del Oro and the distant Tortillita Range far beyond. A savannah of limber and ponderosa pines cloaks the ridge as it descends; look for fire scars at the base of the tree trunks. Low-intensity fires help to maintain this open forest of pines by weeding out thin-skinned trees and shrubs. The climate gets hotter and drier with decreasing altitude, and the pines ultimately give way to a scrub forest of live oak, manzanita, and yucca.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike from the Mount Lemmon Road to the floor of the Cañada del Oro. The trail begins by climbing over a low hill clad in a mixed forest that includes pines, aspens, spruces, and even subalpine firs. It then drops to a ridgeline and soon reaches a high overlook. The Reef of Rock drops away to the west. Straight ahead lies the broad basin of the Cañada del Oro and the distant Tortillita Range far beyond.

A savannah of limber and ponderosa pines cloaks the ridge as it descends; look for fire scars at the base of the tree trunks. Low-intensity fires help to maintain this open forest of pines by weeding out thin-skinned trees and shrubs. The climate gets hotter and drier with decreasing altitude, and the pines ultimately give way to a scrub forest of live oak, manzanita, and yucca.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Lemmon
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 2,520 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 8,170 feet
Local Contacts: Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

5/2/2007
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The trail descends steeply to the Canada Del Oro basin. I did this hike twice in April 2007. There were several spots where fallen trees required some rerouting, and in a few spots trail finding required careful looking. The scenery is beautiful, and there was ample water in the stream at the bottom of the trail where it junctions with the Arizona Trail. There are many nice camp spots at this location for an overnight. A few cattle may wander about, but they won't bother you. The climb back up Red Ridge is very strenuous - rest often and bring extra water in the warmer months.



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