Ridge View Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Saguaro National Park (East) - Rincon Mountain District. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 3,132 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 412 feet.
Ridge View Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is an easy walk to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged south slopes of Tanque Verde Ridge, the long west ridge of the Rincon Mountains that culminates in the 8,612-foot summit of Mica Mountain. This easy hike in the Sonoran Desert foothills starts on the Hope Camp Trail, which is popular with horseback riders. Several varieties of cholla cactus grow in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. One of the most common is teddy bear cholla, a fuzzy-looking yellow cactus with many branches that grows up to 6 feet tall. It looks cuddly, but it’s best to keep your distance. The stems and joints are covered with hundreds of razor-sharp spines, each tipped with microscopic barbs. If an animal or human is unlucky enough to brush up against the cholla, the spines cling fiercely to skin or clothing."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Tucson (Falcon Guides).
"A short day hike into the hills south of Tanque Verde Peak, 0.8 mile one way.
This short hike follows an old roadbed that wanders up into the hills above the Rincon Valley. It makes a pleasant sunset stroll. To begin, follow the Hope Camp Trail eastward. At the bottom of the first hill is a junction; turn left as the Ridge View Trail follows a brushy draw filled with mesquite and palo verde."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
"An easy walk to a viewpoint overlooking the rugged south slopes of Tanque Verde Ridge. Special Considerations: Carry plenty of water during the hot summer months."
--Bruce Grubbs, A FalconGuide to Saguaro National Park & the Santa Catalina Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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