Tule Mountains Loop

Why, Arizona

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A day hike or short backpack loop through the Tule Mountains. This largely off-trail route runs a circuit around a major ridge in the Tule Mountains, visiting a hidden valley near the Mexican border. The trek begins on a closed jeep road that runs eastward with rectilinear precision across a barren flat. An occasional ocotillo greets the eye weary of desert shrubs, and a granite ridge looms ominously to the south. As low hills gather at the east end of the flat, the trail climbs to an open pass. Look back for a fine panorama of the lava and granite landscape of the Cabeza Prieta Range.
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by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike or short backpack loop through the Tule Mountains. This largely off-trail route runs a circuit around a major ridge in the Tule Mountains, visiting a hidden valley near the Mexican border. The trek begins on a closed jeep road that runs eastward with rectilinear precision across a barren flat.

An occasional ocotillo greets the eye weary of desert shrubs, and a granite ridge looms ominously to the south. As low hills gather at the east end of the flat, the trail climbs to an open pass. Look back for a fine panorama of the lava and granite landscape of the Cabeza Prieta Range.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Why
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 335 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Sierra Arida
Driving Directions: Directions to Tule Mountains Loop

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