Ragged Top North Gully Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Ragged Top North Gully Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marana, Arizona that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
1,515 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





no shade

A difficult and adventurous hike to the summit of a remote desert peak. Be prepared for lots of bushwhacking, difficult route finding, and steep exposed terrain. From the parking lot head directly towards the large north facing gully that ends at the saddle just west of the main summit. After about 1.3 miles of bush whacking, you will be in the north gully. You will see a faint game/climbers trail, that will lead you to the main saddle. Once you have reached the saddle, head around to the southwest face of the summit peak until you reach another short steep gully. Follow the steep gully to the top. Ragged Top Mountain contains what may be the last viable population of indigenous desert bighorn sheep to the Tucson basin. Humans can negatively impact the population dynamics by intruding upon the sheep during breeding and lambing seasons. Breeding season occurs in August and September while lambing occurs during February, so time your hike accordingly.

Beautiful area and views, difficult to find the route. Don't even attempt in bad weather. Also, closed in the spring.

7 months ago

took the family out for a few nights next to rugged top mountain for peace, relaxing and that's what we got under the stars on new yrs eve 2017. we packed in and packed out without a trace of trash which should be at all times. a beautiful scenic view.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I was in a Jeep and parked here 32°27'6.36"N 111°29'4.51"W. The road wasn't too bad (dry season).

I wish the people here would put up signs to the parking areas and/or trails. I'm sure I wasn't on an official trail. It seems to me that the environmental impact would be minimized if people knew where to go.

Can't find shade? Here's a place: 32°27'0.03"N 111°29'13.33"W. Again probably not on the official trail. .
I didn't get to the peak, but I was able to see a big horn sheep. In my opinion, the only reason to go through all of this trouble is to see one.

Don't do what I did and hike alone. Too many places where you could slip and fall. I fell several times on my rear end coming down.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I hiked it on Dec. 30, 2916. Challenging hike/climb. Yes bring your gloves, you need them for the rocks to pull you up. Wear long pants and long sleeves lots of thorn bushes to crawl through. I drove the 4x4 trail to the east to start my hike. I hiked around and up the north canyon. The same north canyon shown on the map. Lots of thorn covered brush on the north side. I came down on the south west side with less brush but more cholla. I hiked over the low saddle on the east, back to my truck. 1700 feet elevation change, 2.5 miles, 5 hours total with lots a breaks and lunch at the top.
Paul from Page AZ

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Be ready for some scrambling but totally worth it. Keep an eye on where you parked cause there's no designated trail. And, bring a friend.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Scramble to the top for a great 360 view. There is no designated trail, so keep an eye on where you parked. Kind of tricky figuring out which way to reach the peak. Bring a friend if going to the top. Really nice climb up n back .

Monday, January 21, 2013

Best access is on a jeep road east of the trailhead indicated on this site. You drive south and knock off a mile of hiking--and your vehicle is easier to find! This is a tough trail--if you can call it that. It is bushwacking and route finding. It is only a mile to the top from the end of the jeep road, but it took us 2 hours to get to the top and 2 hours back down because it is steep, rocky, loose gravel and brushy. We found other people's clothes and hiking poles along the way--attesting to the difficulty of the trail,

Both gulleys on the north get to the top and seem about the same. We went up the center one and came down the northwest gulley. Pretty much the same.

This is a really strenuous hike that requires lots of route finding and stamina. Wear leather gloves, long pants, a long sleeved shirt and a hat. Take lots of water and sunscreen. Take food to recharge. And take a camera because you won't come back here again.

6 months ago

9 months ago

Sunday, February 05, 2017