Ridge View Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson 85730; (520) 733–5158; www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Tanque Verde Peak; National Geographic: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Ridge View Trail

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May 2018