Samaniego Ridge Seven Trail

HARD 2 reviews

Samaniego Ridge Seven Trail is a 18.8 mile out and back trail located near Mount Lemmon, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
18.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5629 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

views

scramble

backpacking
19 days ago

The trail is in decent shape for the first 3 or so miles, but then approaching Samaniego peak to Walnut Spring (I only went as far as Walnut) the trail is quite covered in pine needles and is challenging to see at times, with a lot of spiny bushes. Wear long pants!!!! You frequently push through spiny bushes at waist height. Walnut Spring is not right on the trail but there is an old grey metal sign on a tree that has WALN on it still and the spring is just downhill of the sign. It was flowing on April 1st after a dry winter. I could not find Shovel Spring that is supposedly on the Canada Del Oro trail start. Otherwise, beautiful views here and there, lovely pine forest patches, and good switch backs!

hiking
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Be cautious as you approach or go past Samaniego Peak, the trail is not well marked and there are man cairns left around that are not the trail. You will need navigation aids such as a map and compass and/or GPS.