Cat Mountain Northwest Ridge

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Cat Mountain Northwest Ridge is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from October until April.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,174 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

views

rocky

scramble

off trail

no shade

no dogs

This route starts at the Sarasota Trailhead parking lot. This is not a beginner hike. Level while you walk through Starr Pass, you'll immediately start climbing once you take the right split at the Explorer Trail junction about 3/4 mile in. Some class 3 and 4 exposure in the upper reaches, definitely bring climbing gloves or a pair of work gloves. You'll want to stay very close to the ridgeline without topping it as long as possible, less ups and downs. You'll know you're at the summit when you see a faux rock with a solar panel on it. This is a radio repeater for the Sheriff's department - do NOT screw with it as it is monitored and you'll get an immediate visit from one of their helicopters. Return down the same way you came up.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Had to give this one a five-star since I just suggested the trail yesterday!