Rincon Peak Trail

Saguaro National Park (East) - Rincon Mountain District, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,582ft
Trailhead Elevation6,081ft
Elevation Min/Max6081/8475ft
Elevation Start/End6081/6081ft

Rincon Peak Trail

Rincon Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Saguaro National Park (East) - Rincon Mountain District. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 6,081 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,582 feet. The trail ends near Rincon Peak (elevation 8,264 feet). This trail connects with the following: Rincon Creek Trail.

Rincon Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Saguaro National Park is home to the richest stands of saguaro cactus anywhere in the world, and you’ll travel beneath these giant sentinels of the desert for the first few miles of this passage.

If you’re here in early summer you may be treated to their brilliant white blooms—the Arizona state flower—which attract nighttime pollinators to sip sweet nectar from the tops of the tall cacti. If pollinated, the saguaro produce ruby-red fruits in June that sustain almost every desert critter. A staple food source for native people, saguaro fruit is still harvested in the traditional way by the Tohono O’odham."

"A long day hike or backpack from Happy Valley to the summit of Rincon Peak. As the trail moves upward, outstanding views unfold to the east. The arid foothills dwindle like ripples in a grassy sea, finally ending in the pastoral basin of Happy Valley. Beyond this grassy bowl, the Little Rincons rise to low, tortured summits that stretch toward the northern horizon.

This popular hike climbs from Happy Valley on the east side of
the Rincon Mountains to the summit of Rincon Peak. The Miller Creek portion of the trail is closed to horses. Horse parties bound for Rincon Peak can follow the Turkey Creek trail to the crest of the range, then follow the Heartbreak Ridge trail westward to link up with the Rincon Peak trail at Happy Valley Saddle. Horse users must tether their horses about 0.5 mile
short of the summit because the final pitch is extremely steep and vulnerable to erosion."

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Saguaro National Park (East) - Rincon Mountain District
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Saguaro National Park (East) - Rincon Mountain District
Moderate to Difficult
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Sep 2018