Pontatoc Ridge Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,289 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

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.

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over grown
rocky
13 days ago

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bugs
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike - well marked and great views all the way up. There's a bit of rock scrambling but the cairns made it easy to follow the path. Took me about 2.5 hours including 15-20 minutes of staring at the view from the top. I would rate this hike closer to moderate than difficult since it's so short. Also, I think the bugs that people were noting before as gone now.

hiking
17 days ago

Challenging hike up to some of the best views of Tucson. Nice changes in landscape as you climb vertically.

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rocky
19 days ago

Lots of loose rocks. Incline most of the way up. Great quick hike all around though. I was lucky and didn’t have any issues with bugs like others noted. Went pretty early.

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bugs
rocky
24 days ago

Super fun hike! A lot of bugs but still enjoyable. There’s an “End of Trail” sign once you’ve reached the true end so if you haven’t come across the sign, keep going. It’s about 0.1 miles beyond where the map ends

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bugs
26 days ago

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bugs
27 days ago

Beautiful trail and scenery but TONS of bugs. Definitely being your bug spray! Shady in the early morning

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bugs
scramble
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

BUGS BUGS BUGS BUGS!!!! Super buggy, we didn’t even finish because it was so bad, made the hike very i enjoyable. Will repeat when less bugs :(

hiking
1 month ago

Holi Cannoli was this a great hike! Things are feeling like summer here in the ‘ole Tucson, but I’m happy to report that I wasn’t able to start until about 8:15am and there was more shade than expected (especially as you reach the end of the trail). Was lucky enough to see a Gila Monster and many colorful lizards! There were quite a few gnats flying around (though I’ve been noticing there are more bugs on my hikes this past week). Had the trail basically to myself, and this hike has a nice consistent incline for you elevation lovers like me! Stay to the right as the trail turns to rock and there are cairns to guide. Definitely recommend this one! Happy Trails Friends!

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rocky
1 month ago

More like 4.5 miles...cool trail with great views.

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bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this trail, but I'm pretty sure the mileage is wrong - clocked in at 4.8 RT. Regardless, great workout - nice scenery the whole way through, but was kind of disappointed that the trail dead ended instead of climbing to the top of the beautiful carved peak right above. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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