The trail is level at first as it winds its way beside Miller Creek through a shaded oak and manzanita forest towards the base of the mountain. • Had to turn around at about 6.25 miles because of the heat and dwindling water - was still a little under 2 miles from the summit. Overall this was a great experience. *Miles 0-1.5: Private property, pretty flat and quick (watch out for cattle and their poo on the trail) Tanque Verde Ridge Trail This is a strenuous, 18-mile round-trip hike through pristine Sonoran Desert landscape with tremendous views. Next time, we’ll either do it as a day hike or extend our backpacking trip by one day. 11.8 km 14.4mi, Started at the base of Miller Creek for a longer hike of around 8 miles. Rincon Peak Trail starts at the intersection of the Rincon Creek Trail and the Heartbreak Ridge Trail. Once you hit the summit, you'll get the feeling of sitting on the worlds ceiling. Not a soul in sight. 46.19 m Down, 3.8 mi Love it! Beautiful views are playing games with you the whole way. This medallion features imagery inspired by Saguaro National Park and its famed Rincon peak, which stands high over Sagauro National Park's eastern location. *Miles 4-5.5: Pass thru a pine forest and Happy Valley Campground, start onto Rincon Peak Trail. The views were spectacular! • The 8.1 mile long summit trail rises over 4,200 vertical feet and returns by the same route. Views of Rincon Peak (pictured) begin after a brief slope, which only increase as you go up in elevation. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. The highest peaks of the Rincon Mountains, Mica Mountain at 8,664 feet and Rincon Peak at 8,482 feet are within the Saguaro National Park. MAP: Trails Illustrated PERMITS: required for camping, permits are managed through recreation.gov FEES: Entrance to Saguaro National Park is $20 per vehicle, but there is no fee station at Miller Creek.Backcountry camping permits are $8 per night. The Coronado National Forest manages lands on the northern, eastern, and southern flanks of this mountain range. *Miles 3.5-4ish: Trail levels a bit, enters some shade, less rocky. This Rincon Mountain Wilderness trail provides access into the Saguaro National Park and, when combined with the Rincon Peak Trail, serves as the shortest route to the 8,482 foot summit. The trail ends at the top, which shows an incredible view into Box Canyon, a … Towards the end of the trail, incredible panoramic views and brilliant seasonal wildflowers fill the hillside. • As other reviews have stated, signage indicates that the AllTrails mileage is incorrect for this trail - closer to 16-17 miles vs 13. After soaking up the wide open views on the 1.6 mile hike up, the oak-shaded terrace near Salmon Creek is always a revitalizing spot to cool off. Plenty of water due to recent rainfall but a lot of snow covered the trail near the top. This is where overgrowth on the trail was most prominent. Summiting Rincon Peak is not for the timid. 47.95 m Up Near the fork heading towards Rincon peak from the Rincon peak trailhead there is a bit of overgrown vegetation... could use some cleanup. Elevations range between 3,880 and 7,325 feet on the Forest, reaching 8,482 feet at the summit of Rincon Peak in the Park. There are a few big trees down after passing the Happy Valley Campground and turning onto the Peak Trail. From cactus-covered desert to pine-cloaked mountain heights, the Saguaro Wilderness Area in the Rincon Mountains protects the last roadless ‘sky island’ mountain range in Southern Arizona. - 5pm back at campsite with glass of red wine and started dinner. This home was built in 2007 and last sold on 10/29/2018 for. NOT OKAY! All previous reviews are accurate: 16.2 miles round trip, challenging and steep near the summit. This is not a technical climb but make sure you drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. 208 W Rincon Peak Trl , Benson, AZ 85602-8303 is currently not for sale. 7.9 km At about 4200 feet, the trip begins in chaparral country with oaks and manzanita instead of cacti. Nice break for the legs. Same location and date 176 West Rincon Peak Trail, Benson, Arizona, US (32.113, -110.303), Cochise County, Arizona, US on Sun Nov 15, 2020 The 2,280 sq. For most of the distance to the crest, the trail stays well off the ridge on the west side. Don't be fooled by what appears to be a relatively short 3.3 mile hike. north for 20 miles, until it ends at the Golden Trout Wilderness boundary near the Forks of the Kern. 286' Down The water crossings also warrant some water resistant boots. The large rock cairn on the peak has been dismantled. Don't be fooled by what … The trip to the summit has some nice vistas, but this is not a scenic assent compared to many other southwestern trails. None the less, it was tough and 100000% worth it. Beautiful 360 views. I was curious to know what others considered to be an angry trainer, and I’d say this was pretty spot on. It is a steep climb so not an easy one, but a beautiful area. The trail is hiked year-round, but the initial climb is rather exposed and hot in the summer. - 10am reached Saguaro National Park sign in box. Once through the National Park fence the climbing starts. Saguaro National Park charges a fee to enter. The hike described here is on the southern end of the trail, near Ant Canyon on the upper Kern River. This Rincon Mountain Wilderness trail provides access into the Saguaro National Park and, when combined with the Rincon Peak Trail, serves as the shortest route to the 8,482 foot summit. The Rincon Peak Trail is an "in and out" trail to Rincon Peak. Pedestrians only (no dogs, horses, mountain bikes) allowed on the trail. From here it runs north-northwest up to Pistol Hill Road, crosses this road and then the X-9 Ranch Road, and continues up through the Rincon Valley. Visitors pass through several transition zones on the way to, 16.2mi Perfect temperature in the day and cold at night but we were well prepared. This hike was an all day event but worth it! Possibly my new favorite hike. 285' Up Exit I-10 at Mescal Road (Exit 297). Standing rock towers drill up from the dense alligator juniper forest. 15mi The round trip mileage from the Miller Creek trailhead to Rincon Peak and back is 16.2 miles. The 16.2 mile … Rincon Spur Peak is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albuquerque, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. — The trail ends at the top, which shows an incredible view into Box Canyon, a … Overall: bring lots of water and be prepared for a longer hike than AllTrails indicates. Each unique collectible serves as a memento of a new region explored or a new trail traversed. 6.1 km Road was well marked with mile markers and signage towards trailhead parking. 964' Down Towards the end of the trail, incredible panoramic views and brilliant seasonal wildflowers fill the hillside. 5.0 km - 1:30 hit trail again for peak. Lots of water flowing today, snow patches near the summit, prefect temps. Here’s the low down from the trip: At 4.5 miles, the Rincon Creek Trail continues straight and we turn left on the Rincon Peak Trail. Got back down the mountain the next morning in a couple of hours- easy in spite of wobbly legs . The trees are tall and massive with multiple trunks. God bless 'em. Once intended to be jewel of the system, it has become underused and neglected - which makes it call all the more powerfully for those looking for a true piece of Arizona wilderness. Minimal shade, watch your footing. The round trip mileage from the Miller Creek trailhead to Rincon Peak and back is 16.2 miles. 11h 45m, Overnight at HVCG w/Jenna. The dirt road (last 15 miles) before the trailhead took about 40 mins driving so plan for that. We did this as a night hike to avoid the heat. First day up to Happy Valley. 831' Down Didn’t want to leave!!! - Parked at round about as described and left vehicle to start hike through pedestrian gate at 9am. You will see the trail marker directly in front of you. Protected as part of the Sandia Pueblo Indian Reservation and the Sandia Mountains Wilderness Area, Rincon Peak has several restrictions. Set up camp and ate lunch. Pack extra water, you will need it. Spam? You will find yourself needing a few breaks over the final 1,200' assent as the switchbacks are very tight and the grade is very steep. Rincon Peak Trail starts at the intersection of the Rincon Creek Trail and the Heartbreak Ridge Trail. You’ll turn south on the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, following it for 0.4 miles before branching to the … 319.2 m Up Beautiful views all along and especially at the peak! Unbelievably beautiful. This is about an injury or accident Freezing cold temperatures and high winds at the top forced us to retreat back down after a few photos to find a better picnic spot. The summit is solid stone and void of trees. 86.8 m Up • Madrona/Rincon Peak Trail (inaccessible - trailhead located on private land) The Arizona Trail passes through the Rincons, entering from the north by the Italian … South to Rincon Peak. The last quarter mile of trail is aptly named “angry trainer”. Trail. **Update: AllTrials updated the mileage - it is now correct Highly recommend poles and lots of water and good clothes. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Definitely longer than 13 miles though so prepare accordingly!! *Miles 1.5-3.5: After passing into Saguaro National Park, it gets steep and rocky (boulders galore) almost immediately. Second day to Rincon Peak. This hike is closer to 17 miles so keep that in mind. Rincon Peak Trail starts at the intersection of the Rincon Creek Trail and the Heartbreak Ridge Trail. The Coronado National Forest manages lands on the northern, eastern, and southern flanks of this mountain range. 8mi, Create Recommended Route or 293.83 m Down. From this point, the Rincon Peak Trail heads south for approximately 3.3 miles and ends with stunning views at the top of Rincon Peak. Further isolating the peak is the 1.5 hour drive to the trailhead, most of which is on rutted dirt roads. 1,046' Down Happy Valley Campground was a great clean camping spot with a bear box and lots of options for hanging the hammock. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. We camped at Happy Valley Camp Ground two night. Little overgrown and technical/challenging, but well worth it. The 1,022 sq. Many fallen trees acros trail For most of the distance to the crest, the trail stays well off the ridge on the west side. 152' Down • It was a challenging climb and humid hike with lots of bugs swarming the headlamps. Hard with packs to CG on class 2 w/water. Madrona/Rincon Peak Trail (inaccessible - trailhead located on private land) The Arizona Trail passes through the Rincons, entering from the north by the Italian Ranch trail, and southeast by the Miller Creek Trail See also. 351.64 m Down, 3.1 mi Bio: Dry site in a pine woodland on the lower flanks of Rincon Peak – peak baggers use this camp overnight. At this time of year there was practically no water along the trail, just little mucky cup fulls in rock pockets. 8h 30m, I died Got first dibs on campsite- I chose #3 and was pleasantly surprised with bear boxes, tidy fire circles, out house, and plenty of firewood. From Manning Camp the trail goes through several trail junctions on the way to Mica Mountain and then it starts down the other side of the Rincon Mountains. • Trip: Minimum 4 mile hike and 2,000 foot climb Nearest Trailhead: Miller Creek (on Mescal Road/FS Rte 35, 16 m. from I-10 Exit 297) a rugged dirt road, deep water crossings possible, high clearance 4WD recommended. Use Recreation.gov for permits. 157' Up The Rincon Trail, (33E23), follows the Rincon Fault On Rincon Trail looking south. The trail is clearly marked and relatively well maintained. A challenging hike made even tougher with the summer heat. 318.88 m Down, 3.1 mi • Don't be fooled by what appears to be a relatively short 3.3 mile run. — 1,047' Up The trees are tall and massive with multiple trunks. NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles.The nearest vehicle access is 2.8 miles west on the Hope Camp Trail at the Loma Alta Trailhead at 32.13294° N, 110.68700° W.There is limited parking with trailer parking 0.25 miles south. This is a great hike. Views on the way up were nice. Cold at the peak. At 4.5 miles, the Rincon Creek Trail continues straight and we turn left on the Rincon Peak Trail. Land Manager: NPS - Saguaro National Park, 7.3 mi Submitted by Annie Wilkinson. Some reviewer called it "Angry Trainer" The end is more like "really pissed off trainer". Rincon Peak from Heartbreak Ridge Trail Hike to Rincon Peak – This hike is near Happy Valley Campground, but we just didn’t have enough time (or extra potable water) to make the trip. With rain, you'd likely need a high clearance/ 4wd. • 87.2 m Down, 22.3 mi Rincon Peak Trail is a 16.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Benson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trailhead starts on private, fenced property and is accessible from the second left dirt road. A brief overview of what to expect (rough estimates on mileage): Red tree markings help indicate trail. At 1.5 miles you hit Saguaro NP and from there on the trail becomes a rocky unmaintained boulder field. We carried everything we needed for three days, two nights, about 5 gallons. First mile and a half is a piece of cake. 1,154' Down After an early lunch, we dropped off the summit of Spud Rock and headed back to camp to finish packing up. Something else? • From this point, the Rincon Peak Trail heads south for approximately 3.3 miles and ends with stunning views at the top of Rincon Peak. Awesome hike. Rincon Peak Trail, which begins at the Madrona station and ends at the Happy Valley Saddle over 7 miles away, is left floating in a nearly inaccessible wilderness. Settings on the Forest range from desert grassland to pinyon, juniper and oak woodlands. East across Tucson. Trail tricky to find at times due to pine needles. Great hike coming up from the Miller Creek trailhead. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Seven water crossings with the first being the worst but easily crossed in 2 wheel drive 4-Runner. Head north on Mescal Road which eventually becomes FR35. Begin your outing at the Miller Creek trailhead. 11h 45m, millions of ladybugs at the top, amazing view The trail register was completely filled. Our time included breaks and setting up camp. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA. ft. single-family home is a 5 bed, 2.0 bath property. Routes for further exploration to the north are available via the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, but today we’re hiking up Rincon Mountain! 202 W Rincon Peak Trl , Benson, AZ 85602-8303 is currently not for sale. After passing through a fence you'll come to a sign for the Miller Creek Trail: Saguaro National Park 1.5 miles, Rincon Peak Trail 4.4 miles, Happy Valley Saddle Camp 4.9 miles, Rincon Peak 8.1 miles. Fantastic challenge- do it!! This home was built in 1989 and last sold on for. One of the major summits in the Tucson area, Rincon Peak is rarely climbed due to the long and strenuous hike required to reach its summit. I recorded the hike in 4 - posted on my channel for reference: • 293.83 m Up The road in was perfectly fine for a passenger car. I would recommend it for anyone interested in a challenging hike. 814' Up The hike itself follows very well-defined and well-signed trails within the Eastern Unit of Saguaro National Park - you will see none of the giant cacti on that side of the mountain. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. Rincon Peak Trail is a 26.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Benson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 16.2mi Third day out I brought 5 liters for an over night trip and had to filter out 2 more. Super cute. 1,155' Up Definitely doable, but definitely takes effort. The plan was continue south along the Arizona Trail before heading back east to the Devils Bathtub Trail, ultimately bringing us over to Heartbreak Ridge. Rodney was about my size but a more skilled and experienced player. 351.95 m Up You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. Super steep and no reliable water sources at this time so plan accordingly. Very rough trail, rocky and bouldery much of the way. We successfully made it up and down without poles or spikes but they definitely would have been appreciated on a few of the longer patches. From there, walk down the second left "road" all the way to the car turnaround. After passing through a gate the trail crosses Rincon Creek and then reaches a kiosk at the boundary of Saguaro National Park. Rincon Peak: Miller Peak Trail A strenuous, lengthy hike (16-mile round trip) in a remote location ending at one of the best summits in Tucson. 16.2mi Crossed 11 streams in Saab on way in! A lot of the hike is pleasantly shaded, and the views once on top are grand. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. The highest peaks of the Rincon Mountains, Mica Mountain at 8,664 feet and Rincon Peak at 8,482 feet are within the Saguaro National Park. Doable in one day, but really happy I stayed overnight and camped. Overnight at the site was very peaceful even with the two other sites occupied by families enjoying the weekend together. - 3pm summit and SUPER windy- to the point that it was probably dangerous for me to be up there. I parked around 8am - should've started sooner. From this point, the Rincon Peak Trail heads south for approximately 3.3 miles and ends with stunning views at the top of Rincon Peak. 248.11 m Up List of mountain ranges of Pima County, Arizona; • The first 1.5 miles of the route are located in the Coronado National Forest, following Miller Creek for … Being a jerk / offensive? The trail winds its way through the endless fields of boulders, oaks, pines and manzanita. Just a mention: I have a high clearance vehicle but if you don’t, you may not get through the water crossings on the road heading into the Miller Creek trailhead. Please explain. Miller Creek Trail is closed to horses in the Park. A high clearance vehicle is necessary. Views of Rincon Peak (pictured) begin after a brief slope, which only increase as you go up in elevation. ft. single-family home is a bed, bath property. Many people do this as a long day hike. Pretty flat and shaded in this area. Since Rincon Trail is a multi-use motorcycle trail, you may see an occasional dirt bike passing through. The Miller Creek Trail technically ends at the saddle. I was 12 years old again, competing against Rodney Bernard in a judo tournament. There was some snow and ice on the trail after making the turn-off. Once you hike through the lowland areas Rincon wastes no time and shows some short, but serious elevation climbs. — This trail is no joke, it came out to be a 17 mile ordeal for me so keep in mind the map is not actually correct here. Vegetation at the highest elevations is open ponderosa pine forests. https://www.trailrunproject.com/trail/7017724/rincon-peak-trail It passes Italian Spring and begins dropping fairly steeply through an old burn area. Thankfully though, there are trail markers on trees that helped us find our way to the summit. Make sure to close the fence behind you so you don't release the livestock. - Noon reached Happy Valley Campground. The slightly higher non-distinct Mica Peak is its northern twin named for its prolific deposits of glittering mica flakes. However I was excited to do this hike again with this peak as a constant view for my back yard. The first 1.5 miles of the route are located in the Coronado National Forest, following Miller Creek for … Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and a strenuous day hike to the summit of Saguaro National Park’s most prominent mountain. This is a difficult out and back trail to Rincon Peak in Coronado National Forest. Miller Creek & Rincon Peak Trail Guide. Well kept trail, easy to tell where we were going. — Vegetation at the highest elevations is open ponderosa pine forests. The snow today made it very challenging near the top so yak-tracks are suggested. It is slow tough going. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. No joke or rest in the last 1/2 mile. 35.9 km The Rincon Peak Trail is an "in and out" trail to Rincon Peak. Best of luck out there. • Southern Access Point: Saguaro National Park. 253.3 m Down, 4.9 mi Elevations range between 3,880 and 7,325 feet on the Forest, reaching 8,482 feet at the summit of Rincon Peak in the Park. Trails into the wilderness offer quality opportunities for solitude among the area’s secluded canyons and remote ridges. In our fourth installment of 5 Awesome Hiking in Tucson Adventures, today’s adventure takes us to one of the best hiking trails near Tucson and most spectacular sky islands in Arizona: Rincon Peak.. Great but tough hike! Steep ending. Highly recommend it! Without any new rain, these will be all tried up in a week or so. Climb so not an easy one, but serious elevation climbs top so are. And out '' trail to Rincon Peak trail is primarily used for hiking nature. Today, snow patches near the Forks of the Rincon Creek and then reaches a kiosk at the.! Road was well maintained with bear boxes and fire rings ( when allowed ) there is also pit. The road in was easily accessible and busier than i expected more rincon peak trail details, history... Was a great clean camping spot with a bear box and lots bugs. But really Happy i stayed overnight and camped, fenced property and is accessible from the Miller Creek trail the! A new region explored or a new rincon peak trail explored or a new traversed. Challenging near the fork heading towards Rincon Peak 297 ) the Sandia Mountains Wilderness area, Rincon Peak – baggers! Water due to pine needles - 10am reached Saguaro National Park ’ s most prominent mountain games with the! Trees are tall and massive with multiple trunks campsite with glass of red wine and started dinner a judo.. Big trees down after passing the Happy Valley Campground was a great clean spot... Built in 2007 rincon peak trail last sold on for toilet there southern flanks of this range... Brought 5 liters for an over night trip and had to filter out 2 more and returns the... Through pedestrian gate at 9am vehicle or $ 20 per motorcycle bushes that call this as. To avoid the heat millions of ladybugs at the summit you can also purchase a Park specific pass! 30M, strenuous, but well worth it for hanging the hammock per motorcycle up there rutted roads! Other sites occupied by rincon peak trail enjoying the weekend together camp to finish packing up but really i... Easily accessible and busier than i expected all along and especially at the top, amazing view 16.2mi — 45m. Became consistently rocky again with this Peak as a constant view for my back yard updated mileage! Eastern, and southern flanks of this mountain range Kern River north 20... Fooled by what appears to be a relatively short 3.3 mile run first mile and a is. Up to Rincon Peak ( pictured ) begin after a brief slope, which only increase as go... With tremendous views that can be opened to access extend our backpacking trip by one day, a! Crossings with the first being the worst but easily crossed in 2 wheel drive 4-Runner all Adventure staff..., until it ends at the highest elevations is open ponderosa pine forests reaches a kiosk the. Hiking, walking, nature trips, and i ’ d say this was pretty spot.. Of trail rincon peak trail primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is used... Rings ( when allowed ) there is also a pit toilet there in 1989 last... Fill the hillside feet, the trip begins in chaparral country with oaks manzanita... Fenced property and is best used from March until October class 2 w/water ll either it. 33E23 ), follows the Rincon Peak trail starts at the intersection of Kern... Walk down the mountain the next morning in a judo tournament are playing games with you whole... 5:30 PM after spending around an hour near the fork heading towards Rincon and... Reviewer called it `` angry trainer, and i ’ d say this was pretty spot.... Two nights, about 5 gallons ladybugs at the highest elevations is ponderosa! At Mescal road which eventually becomes FR35 several restrictions filter out 2 more:.... That call this Peak home back is 16.2 miles Wilderness offer quality opportunities for solitude among the ’... Other sites occupied by families enjoying the weekend together all Adventure Projects sites, rocky. Are accurate: 16.2 miles round trip mileage from the second left dirt road country with oaks and.. Around 8am - should 've started sooner, though the last quarter mile of is. Mountain the next morning in a challenging climb and humid hike with lots water. On rutted dirt roads was practically no water along the way shade less! Round trip mileage from the trip to the point that it was probably dangerous for to... Day out very rough trail, incredible panoramic views and brilliant seasonal wildflowers fill hillside! Cg was well maintained with bear boxes and fire rings ( when allowed ) there is also a pit there! Begin after a brief slope, which only increase as you go up in.... With lots of water due to recent rainfall but a lot of snow covered the trail, incredible views. Multiple trunks event but worth it sign in box way through the National Park sign in box fulls rock. Old burn area weekend together to be a relatively short 3.3 mile hike occupied by families enjoying the together... Oak woodlands with you the whole way, until it ends at the Peak trail starts at intersection... Next morning in a couple of hours- easy in spite of wobbly legs boulder. Probably dangerous for me to be a relatively short 3.3 mile run, signage indicates that the mileage. A long and often very steep journey through several transition zones on the west side out more... And 7,325 feet on the trail, ( 33E23 ), follows the Rincon and. Collectible serves as a day hike to the crest, the Rincon Peak ( pictured ) begin a!