Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
excellent hike. the scenery is beautiful. elevation is moderate.
Pretty gradual incline. Great views. And lots of nature to see. Go as far as you want. Great sunset spot down to the left before finishing the trail. Last time we even saw a great Gila Monster!
Great trail that offers views of Mt. Lemon, Mt. Rincon, and Tucson.
Pleasant. Beautiful scenery, flora & fauna. I was hiking with a group of seniors and everyone enjoyed it.
Great Trail! Start early and enjoy walking the ridgeline. Every elevation gain yields another amazing view
well maintained climb is steady so you make better time than normal
go thru many different eco zones
A long, tough trail with awesome views and solitude in abundance - all just minutes from Tucson. Stay overnight at Juniper Basin (permit required) for the full experience.
Tanque Verde Ridge is a great hike. It is very strenuous uphill going, downhill coming. Great views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges as well as the Sonoran Desert. You can hike up as far as you like or are able and head back down. A good day hike for strong hikers is to hike to Juniper Basin Campground, have lunch and head back. There is no reliable water on this hike so make sure you bring plenty. Any water should be treated. Doing the hike to Juniper Basin CG and back is a 13.8 mile round trip.
First, I did not take this trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. I stopped and turned around at Juniper Camp. The views of Tucson are gorgeous from this trail. The elevation is low to start, so do not do this trail in the summer and always wear sunscreen. Also, the ridge does not have any trees until you go behind the first range, so watch the wind. The day I went up was rather windy and took away from the experience. There is very little water and very little traffic (I saw two people), so come well prepared. Juniper Camp is a nice place to stop for lunch and turn around. Recommended for good city views.