Turkey Creek

Tucson, Arizona

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A backpack from Happy Valley to the Deer Head Spring trail. This trail climbs the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains, providing the shortest route to Manning Camp and the Mica Mountain Complex. This trail climbs the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains, providing the shortest route to Manning Camp and the Mica Mountain Complex. It is the only trail open to horses that provides access from the eastern side of the range. The entire length of the trail was burned during the Rincon Mountain fire of 1994, and the vegetation is now recovering. The trail is easy to follow for most of its length but is tricky to locate near the top as it passes through lightly burned country. The trek begins on a two-rut jeep trail that climbs straight up a finger ridge from the Turkey Creek parking area.

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"A backpack from Happy Valley to the Deer Head Spring trail. This trail climbs the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains, providing the shortest route to Manning Camp and the Mica Mountain Complex. This trail climbs the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains, providing the shortest route to Manning Camp and the Mica Mountain Complex. It is the only trail open to horses that provides access from the eastern side of the range.

The entire length of the trail was burned during the Rincon Mountain fire of 1994, and the vegetation is now recovering. The trail is easy to follow for most of its length but is tricky to locate near the top as it passes through lightly burned country. The trek begins on a two-rut jeep trail that climbs straight up a finger ridge from the Turkey Creek parking area."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 3,030 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to May; September to December
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District; Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: Rincon Mountains Hiker's Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Turkey Creek

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May 2018