Pontatoc Ridge Trail

HARD 57 reviews

Pontatoc Ridge Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1279 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Tucson: Drive north on Oracle Road (US 89) to Ina Road. Turn right (east) on Ina and drive about a mile to Skyline Road which branches off to the south (right). Follow Skyline (have to make a left to stay on Skyline) to Alvernon Way and turn left (north) to the trailhead and parking lot at the end of the pavement.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Went early and got to the cave but didn't go in. On the way down and mid morning, there were at least 15 people climbing this hill and it was getting warm.

hiking
20 days ago

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28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Pontatoc Ridge a nice relaxing hike that will still get your blood flowing. A bit overgrown, so I'd advise wearing pants at the very least. I made the mistake of shorts and was often left with the choice of which spiny thing to rub my legs against. Don't be me. That said, if you want a bit more of a challenge take the side trail up to the true summit. The views are amazing, but you have to pay for it in steep, rough trails with lots of loose gravel. Thankfully if you're afraid of heights you wouldn't have made it this far, so enjoy the views of Tucson and a good portion of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Be safe. Cheers!

hiking
1 month ago

Pontatoc Ridge Trail was great for city views. No water and very exposed, so don't do this one during summer afternoons.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a short hike since we were pressed with time but still got 3 hours of workout.

hiking
2 months ago

it was hot...

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Tried to get to the old mine this time but didn't. Will try the cave in late September when it's not so humid and hot.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 stars for difficulty. We started at 6am but spent too much time for snacks and fun with our new friend tortoise completely forgot about the summer heat. When we headed back down, it was HOT. I forgot to turn the recording off until half way home lol. I'll do this again when the temperature is much lower.

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

6 months ago

Great challenging hike!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a lesser known hike with great views.

6 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

mines haft was fun, nice views