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Anyang Ndobegang reviewed Tanque Verde Peak and Rincon Peak
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Not the easiest trail ever but very much worth it. One just have to be vigilant while navigating through the rocks and the out come of this almost two mile hike is well beyond earned. The water levels have been falling year after year but this is still a place to visit

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Mike Garcia reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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Ran up Mica mountain yesterday. This is one of the most beautiful trails in Tucson. According to strava this was more like a 27+ mile out and back. The trail is very well marked up until mile 12 or so, but after that it's currently obstructed by fallen trees and not easy to spot. Possibly due to the recent fires. So, having an app with trail maps will come in handy. I used the all trails app which is free. Alternating steps and groomed trail up until mile 6.5 or so. Then a rocky terrain until the Cowhead saddle (mile 9 or so), then steps again for another mile, and rocky terrain till mile 11 or so. After that you will be in the pine forrest where the trail is nicely groomed, lined with pine needles and cones pretty much all the way to summit. No views from summit, but as others have said, stop by spud rock for amazing views. Although the temps are relatively cool this time of the year, 2.5 liters of water was not enough. I think I would have been fine with 3 liters. So, make sure you have enough water.

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Philip Trettenero reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

First few miles were great with large amounts of cacti and great overlooks. After that views diminished until the very end where they were excellent. Saw 2 people after mile 1. Pants are required as the trail is pretty overgrown. Note: turned around at the Tanque Verde summit.

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Andrew Shortslef reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingFeeGreat!

Wife and I started at 630am. Thought it'd be darker (we're not from around here) Mountain provided shade for a significant stint, nice cloud cover until about 16-18miles in. 45-55 degrees for most of the hike, about 70 finishing up once you returned to the cactuses. The trail between the Juniper Camp site and the peak seemed "harder" to find at times, but the return trip wasn't an issue. The trail down to the Cow Pasture trail intersection was tough on the legs for not much of anything other than saying you did it. Other than the 6foot scramble to the peak, the hardest part was just the grind of a 22mile hike. Drank about 3.5 liters of water and a gatorade, Could have used more.

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kemuel redlin reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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Spectacular!

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John Bullock reviewed Manning Camp Trail
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HikingNo shadeRockyWashed out
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Gretty Emmerich reviewed Hope Camp to Grass Shack Camp Trail
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Danielle Buck reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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Adrian Cardoni reviewed Turkey Creek
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J. Goerss reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingRocky

This a decently maintained trail with some gradual elevation gains. Great views of the Rincon Mountain range and the East side of Tucson.

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Connor Fowler reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingOver grownRocky

Very good trail for advanced intermediate or experienced hikers. Beautiful views but lots of false peaks. Little grown over towards the top because not as many hikers go up there. Going down, be prepared to feel every rock in the sole of your foot

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HikingRocky

Great early morning hike

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Katie Murray reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingNo shade

Wow, alright if you do this in the summer try to be at Cow Head Saddle before it gets hot, this requires a lot of advance planning. I did it, all the way to Manning Camp, I drank 12 liters of water and wish I had more. You get the idea, water planning is the biggest obstacle for this trail, also watch out for Rattle Snakes, I saw one at Cow Head Saddle. Over all I would say oct is a great time to do this trail, next time I’m going to make a base camp at Douglas spring camp ground in the fall of the year, from there manning camp is about a 13 mile out and back. If you want to camp at manning camp, have water boiling and filtration equipment and make sure there is water flowing at the camp. The weather is amazing at manning camp in summer, it’s just a matter of getting there first that is the issue and making sure it has water up there. Trail is in excellent shape the whole way.

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I’d give this trail six stars if I could. From the bottom to the top it’s absolutely glorious as it moves through different eco-regions. Highly recommend you start as early as you can (I started at 7am a few weeks ago and that felt like too late, tried 5:15am the other day and that was better). Currently there is no water between the trailhead and Manning Camp, 12.4 miles in and >6,000 feet up, and the Manning Camp water is stagnant (100% reliable though) in the summer and will require treatment. The trail itself was built to last for a century and has been brushed/cleared recently ... you won’t lose it and it’s not overgrown. There is not much to see at the actual Mica Mtn summit, just the same forest you’ve already been in for an hour. I suggest heading following the Fire Loop Trail to Spud Rock for the highest, most expansive west-facing views, or asking the ranger at Manning Camp how to get to Spud Rock from there after you’ve replenished water. There are plenty of views from the trail itself on the way up too. You can backcountry-camp at Manning Camp and a few other places up in the high part, but it requires a permit ... check recreation.gov for all those details. If you’re up for a challenge, though, you can get up and down in a day—you’ll just want to start early and come down late if it’s summertime.

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Michael Ariz reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingNo shade

Saguaros, Ocotillos, Cholla, steady incline, beautiful views. Plus the saguaros were all in bloom so we got to eat some of their fruit too.

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Thought I’d leave a review as there have been none recently. Super well maintained trail, super easy to follow even all the way up to Spud Rock and Mica Mountain. Mica doesn’t have great views but it is the high point so I did the extra 0.5 miles from Spud rock. Views from Spud are amazing. Would not recommend doing this hike during the summer. Temperature on top of the mountain was around 80 at 11am and on the way down was about 100 at the bottom. Definitely start early, I started at 4:45 am and made it back at 5:45pm. It was a very long trip but I’d say it was worth it. I didn’t stay overnight but I did check out Manning Camp while I was up there and it would be really good for an overnight or two. There was bear proof cases for food already up there and fire rings at each campsite, 6 campsites total, which have to be signed up for online (recreation.gov). There was still a little water pool today (6/16), through which you could filter your water. Really nice backcountry campground overall

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HikingRocky
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Fantastic hike with proper camp grounds. Lovely.

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Dan Deloria reviewed Manning Camp Trail
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06/05/2020. I believe this is the Turkey Creek trail up to Manning. Camp was very nice, water currently there, but you need a filter. There is a tiny amount of water on the trail itself, but it's more like "emergency water" (at deer spring and spud rock spring) and will need to be filtered also. Pretty steep trail, and we did it going down. You will need a 4 wheel drive to get to the actual trailhead, but we walked the road from the parking area, and it was doable.

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kayla baldwin reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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HikingNo shade

We did just under half of this trail out and back on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We were surprised with the solitude on a holiday weekend - even despite COVID. We saw 3 other people all day. Know there is minimal shade, look for the cairns, and I’d recommend hiking pants vs shorts as some of the trail has some minor overgrowth. Its a steady incline but an absolutely amazing view early and often ! Will definitely be back to backpack in and try to get a permit to camp

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Tucsonjohn John reviewed Turkey Creek
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HikingRocky

A difficult trail with steep and unmaintained stretches. Eroded sections with lots of loose rock. Mud Spring sometimes has water but don’t bet your life on it. Bring a minimum of 4 liters per person. Especially during hot months. I do not recommend this as a day hike. I camped at Spud Rock campground.

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Tom MostlyGerman reviewed Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
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Went three miles in and turned. I'm local to Tucson and my first time. I usually hike in saguaro west; king canyon and Sweetwater trails. I really liked this one for a number of reasons. Good climb but not insanely hard. Views are spectacular. I liked the trail itself..good footing. Could be my new favorite trail. Plan to go back.

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