Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Once part of the Kannally family cattle ranch, the unique Mediterranean style ranch house in the park is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ranging from 3,700 to 4,600 feet in elevation, the surrounding landscape transitions from oak woodland to desert grassland, with sweeping views of the Catalinas and granite boulder outcrops to the south; and San Pedro River Valley and Galiuro Mountains to the north-east. The diverse vegetation, slope and elevation within the park provide habitat for a variety of animals. Oracle State Park offers day-use picnic sites and over 15 miles of trail for use by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. A four mile section of the Arizona Trail passes through the park, connecting Mexico to Utah.
We were amazed at how spectacular this trail is. The views are amazing and the scenery is so different from everything else in the Tucson area. There are flowers and beautiful yuccas. There's a bit of scrambling up or down involved, depending on at what end you start. Great hike!!
Aden G. on Arizona Trail: American Flag Ranch Segment
Update on Getting There: The county has paved the road most of the way now and diverted around the dirt road that went to the trail. From the Mount Lemmon Highway, watch for American Flag Ranch Road turn onto it. In a few hundred feet you'll see the trail sign as described.
This section of the Arizona Trail starts at around 4,000 feet in elevation, making it a good hike for late summer when it is really hot and humid at lower elevations. That is also a great time to see wildflowers because this area gets some good rains. There were even 'shrooms this time.
I'm not sure where 7.4 miles would take you on the trail. You could take it all the way to Mount Lemmon if you have the stamina and supplies. Expansive views of the San Pedro River valley to the east and the rolling foothills of the Catalinas to the west. You'll encounter a few steep sections after the first hour and a half and it climbs steadily from there on. After all, it has to reach 9,000 feet eventually.
Man this trail is no joke when do it with a bike, starts off good on both sides but u's extremely difficult When go thru the rock wash you will know when you get their. Lots if springs some out of the way but you definitely have to go thru some but it was a great time but I don't think a bike is a good idea...
I'm afraid you can't get in now. The Oracle State Park has been closed as a State-wide money-saving ploy. However, you can take the same trail through the Oracle State Park using the Arizona Trail from American Flag to Tiger Road. I rated it from other people's descriptions.