Blue Jay Ridge

Pima, Arizona 85543

Blue Jay Ridge

Blue Jay Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Jul 2018