Oracle State park loop great shape big snake lol.

Well maintained section of the Arizona Trail. On a Sunday we saw less than a dozen people—. Definitely lightly trafficked. Nice incline for a little workout, but easy to navigate . Took the dogs. No shade or water available but the weather was still low 70s.

2 months ago

This was a very nice hike. Good views and interesting rock formations and boulder fields. Path is a bit overgrown in spots but it was a pleasant hike all the same.

2 months ago

Nice easy trail. Fairly scenic. In places, had loose rocks and slippery gravel.

Great trail with pretty views!

Great hike, really well maintained and marked!

SaddleBrooke Hiking Club is doing a wonderful job of maintaining this Trail!

4 months ago

Such a nice hike! Trail is easy to follow and it yields great views of the mountains. We encountered more horses than people. Took our two dogs.

Mostly dry with just a few small patches of muddy trail, with some small areas of snow off to the side, yet warm enough to hike in a t-shirt. The elevation gain is steady and makes for a solid moderate/intermediate hike. Views are great in all directions, passed a couple of people on horseback. American Flag Ranch is a cool place to poke around.

The app shows that the trail is 1.1 miles long. The trail is really 1.2 miles long.

This is my 2nd time hiking this trail and must say that it is one beautiful well marked trails all part of the Arizona trails that is a great workout for all you moderate hikers.

no shade
Sat Mar 30 2019

Great horseback riding trail.

Very easy trail with some nice views and an interesting old “Wildlife Viewing Station”. Check out the Kannally Ranch House, an old Mediterranean style home, which is now the State Park Office.

One of the most enjoyable trails we have been on. Signage could not be better. No one has mentioned the rocks along the trail - there are many varieties and a lot of them are beautiful!

Great views although it is a constant but gradual up hill hike. In the summer you need to start early and we did not. The heat caused us to turn back not long after the Highjinks connector. The download track did not match the trail however if you go through the arch at the trailhead (see photos) it is the best marked trail we have hiked in Arizona. Highly recommended.

Easy trail we did at Grandma’s pace. Nice little info signs. Foxes are active during the day. Mountain lions roam right here at night- they have night cameras- look for tracks!

Wed Dec 13 2017

This is a scenic and somewhat challenging hike. The Phoneline trail is not at all clearly marked once you get to the first wash. Make sure you have your app open or have a map. There was quite good cell coverage for about 75% of the hike (I use Sprint). When you are in the canyons and washes, cell service was sketchy as expected. The Phoneline trail is just a road built back in the day to install and service the power lines and poles. The road is pretty easy to follow, but really overgrown with tall grasses and thorny Palo Verde bushes. I wore shorts for this hike, YOU SHOULD NOT - big mistake on my part. After the Phoneline Trail ended, I caught the Arizona Trail to the Windmill Trail. These trails were extremely easy to follow and clearly traveled frequently. The Windmill was very cool and iconic! I did a little research and the windmill was likely installed in or around the 1930's. It still turns (creaks a little) and moves with the wind. There were two picnic tables and a nice bench there. It was a good place for photos and a snack. From the windmill on was quite a challenge. You hike IN THE WASH for at least a mile. Probably not a route you would want to take (or could take) during monsoon season. The regular trail resumes, but almost missed it because the homemade sign (laminated paper) was badly faded. From this point on and for all but the last 2 miles, the trail is in extremely poor condition. The trail is overgrown with grasses, Prickly Pear cactus, and Palo Verde bushes. The trail is extremely hard to follow and I made several missteps. You must look very carefully for the rock piles periodically which people were nice enough to stack so people like me did not end up bushwhacking through the high desert. The last part of the hike was following the Arizona Trail and part of the Phoneline trail just like I had done on the way out. This would be a MUCH better hike if the trails were clearly marked and rehabbed a bit. There is stunning scenery, deer, javelina, coyotes and probably a lot more out there. It is a VERY worthwhile hike if some time would be spent trail marking. I assume the overgrowth on some of the trail is due to lack of use. Fix the signage and the traffic will follow.

Fri Mar 24 2017

It was a nice walk. It was our second trail in Oracle SP and the first one we did (Granite Overlook Loop Trail) was spectacular. This one is easy and we liked it!

Great trail. Well maintained beautiful scenery.

Sun Sep 14 2014

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.

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.

23 days ago

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