Red Ridge

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain3,695ft
Trailhead Elevation8,029ft
Elevation Min/Max4873/8102ft
Elevation Start/End8029/8029ft

Red Ridge

Red Ridge is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 8,029 feet altitude. This trail connects with the following: Canada Del Oro.

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike from the Mount Lemmon Road to the floor of the Cañada del Oro, 2.8 miles one way. This trail descends steadily (and sometimes steeply) from the flanks of Mount Lemmon to the floor of the Cañada del Oro. It can be approached as a vigorous day hike or combined with the upper portion of the Oracle Ridge Trail for a short overnight loop. The trail provides excellent views of the Reef of Rock, one of the most striking geological formations in the Santa Catalinas. Carry plenty of water, because none will be found along the trail."

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The trail descends steeply to the Canada Del Oro basin. I did this hike twice in April 2007. There were several spots where fallen trees required some rerouting, and in a few spots trail finding required careful looking. The scenery is beautiful, and there was ample water in the stream at the bottom of the trail where it junctions with the Arizona Trail. There are many nice camp spots at this location for an overnight. A few cattle may wander about, but they won't bother you. The climb back up Red Ridge is very strenuous - rest often and bring extra water in the warmer months.

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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Coronado National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
USGS Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
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