Pontatoc Ridge Trail

HARD 70 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
1 day ago

Perfectly challenge Trail for a guy from Wisconsin

12 days ago

This trail has good vistas. It is quite challenging in places. Good trail to hike.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

it was hot...

hiking
5 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.

7 months ago

Great challenging hike!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a lesser known hike with great views.

9 months ago

mines haft was fun, nice views

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, was nice to see the mine at the top, went inside for a little but got kinda creepy,, got to see my first Gila monster, such an amazing reptile.. my 3rd hike with my buddy brian!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great views, easy to follow trail without much traffic...saw fewer than 10 people during the mid morning hike. One pool still holding water.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail, my legs are feeling it! While the parking lot was full, most people seemed to be on the Finger Rock or canyon trail, so only passed a few others heading up to the ridge on an otherwise busy Sunday morning. Beautiful views along the way and checking out the old mine shafts was super fun! Bring a light or use your phone and walk into the long shaft at the top. Good luck and have fun!

hiking
11 months ago

A hidden gem in Tucson. The water was flowing well after a heavy rain - which also made some of then granite rock faces a bit slick. The split between trail 410 and 411 occurs at about 1 mile in. I went 411 aka pontatoc ridge trail (vs canyon which I haven't done). At this point After a bit of flat it becomes challenging. Stay right to get to old mining shafts - it is breathtaking. It's rated hard and my knees would agree- I'm 36 and in decent shape. The views are worth every step!!!!

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Wonderful! - A trail that presents an uphill challenge, but beautiful views at the top are well worth the climb. I wore high top hiking boots and highly recommend the ankle support but it's totally not necessary!

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Great views, good challenge. A little difficult to follow in the beginning.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Pontatoc Ridge Trail is a fun and challenging hike. About one mile in there is a gorgeous rock overlook. The next mile is all climbing; 1300 feet up to the end of the trail. The views of Tucson are breathtaking. So is the climb. Bring lots of water and take your time; you definitely don't want to trip and fall on this trail.

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Lots of loose, unconsolidated gravel on the path. The path is unmarked and hard to find a times, but if you're willing to explore a bit there are amazing views of Tucson!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

it was not too difficult except I don't like hiking in the heat. I'd rather do this trail when it's in the 30s.

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