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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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 1,174 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Running

Views

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

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.

There are no facilities anywhere along the trail.

Bring hiking poles, sturdy boots, and climbing gloves. Gaiters are also recommended

From Tucson, head west on Ajo Highway to Kinney Road. Turn right on Kinney and follow it north to S. Sarasota Blvd. Turn right on S. Sarasota and take it until it ends at the parking lot. Using the address 3155 S. Sarasota Blvd, Tucson 85713 works for Garmin GPS with most recent map set.

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Reviews (34)
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Recordings (26)
Completed (36)
Luke Davis
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HikingBlowdownOff trailRockyScramble

Difficult. Loose rocks. Trail tough to follow. Well, not really much trail at all once you start really going up/down. You’ll need both hands for this one too. Challenging and fun. I’ll definitely be doing this again.

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Courtney Powell
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Alex Bencomo
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RunningOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

good trail run. different trail to choose from and obvious off trailing can be done. hard to find path but it's straight between the fork when taking the explorers trail east(steep free climbing).

Joey Marranca
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

This was one of the hardest scramble hikes that I have done in a while. Definitely not a moderate difficulty for sure! But totally worth it when you get to the top. Just don’t die trying to get there and know your limitations.

Shelby Burgess
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

This was one of the hardest scramble hikes that I have done in a while. Definitely not a moderate difficulty for sure! But totally worth it when you get to the top. Just don’t die trying to get there and know your limitations.

Kevin Latinis
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRocky

Starts out easy. At explorer trial it starts getting very steep and trail is not well marked. My approach was to keep the AllTrails map handy and make sure I was in general vicinity of marked route. Peak views were worth the tough workout. Lots of rock scramble. I would rate it in the difficult end of AllTrails “moderate” category as many places with climbing rocks.

Colette Johnston
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
First to Review

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

Christine Hoekenga
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Tammie Senn
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Felix Slette
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Tammie Senn
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Rhonda Hart
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Carmen Moreno
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Billy Stanford
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Dabbs Limric
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