Blue Jay Ridge

Pima, Arizona

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A day hike that makes a circuit around Blue Jay Peak. This little-known trail forms a nice day loop around Blue Jay Peak, in the remote northern end of the Pinaleño Range. The trek begins near the top of West Peak as a two-rut jeep trail. It descends on a southerly bearing through open country. The summit of Blue Jay Peak burned in an intense forest fire in 1973, and the resulting destruction of forest now allows fine views of the Galiuro Mountains. A few larger pines were able to survive the blaze, but at the time of this writing the vegetation was mainly bracken fern and woolly mullein. These plants put on a fiery display of yellows and oranges as they prepare to shed their leaves in late October.

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"A day hike that makes a circuit around Blue Jay Peak. This little-known trail forms a nice day loop around Blue Jay Peak, in the remote northern end of the Pinaleño Range. The trek begins near the top of West Peak as a two-rut jeep trail. It descends on a southerly bearing through open country.

The summit of Blue Jay Peak burned in an intense forest fire in 1973, and the resulting destruction of forest now allows fine views of the Galiuro Mountains. A few larger pines were able to survive the blaze, but at the time of this writing the vegetation was mainly bracken fern and woolly mullein. These plants put on a fiery display of yellows and oranges as they prepare to shed their leaves in late October."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pima
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 8,660 feet
Local Contacts: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Blue Jay Peak, Tripp Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Jay Ridge

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May 2018