Tanque Verde Ridge Trail

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Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is a 20 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
20.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Saguaro National Park 3693 South Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ 85730-5601 By Phone Visitor Information - Rincon Mountain District (520) 733-5153 Visitor Information - Tucson Mountain District (520) 733-5158 Headquarters (520) 733-5100 By Fax 520-733-5183

hiking
1 day ago

Greatly enjoyed this trail. Hiked to the dome, about 3 miles from picnic area and parking. Gained about 1500 feet of elevation but was gradual in most places so didn’t seem to steep. Not much traffic, we saw 5 other hikers while we were out. Rain was coming so turned back a little sooner than planned. Would definitely do again.

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

Nice trail,, started early but then the rain got me up there,, was planning on doing more the 8 miles but had to turn around as it was raining pretty hard!! Got back soaking wet even though I had a poncho on!! Lots of wildlife though!! Must try again sometime!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
15 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

I ran to the peak and back in late December with about 6 inches of fresh snow the last 4 miles. Amazing terrain. Beautiful Arizona views. A true backcountry adventure in the later parts of the year. Don’t expect to see any humans out there beyond 5 miles, and bring plenty of food! Have fun!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, loved how I could watch the vegetation change with the elevation. I did this with my pack and camped at Juniper Basin. Definitely cold and subject to cloud cover this time of year (December), but no one else was out there so I had Tanque Verde peak to myself.

hiking
2 months ago

We only went up for 3.5 miles from Javelina Picnic area but it took us a long time because we had to admire and photograph all the beautiful flowers and grasses along the trail, not to mention the view. It’s inexorably upward but there are plenty of switchbacks. There is no shade, but in mid-November, the exposure was reasonable with a wide brim hat and sunscreen. It is a delightful trail.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a challenging hike and it covers 11.5 miles one way. It can be hiked year round, but this is actually too hot to hike in its lower elevations during May through September when temperatures often reach well above 100 degrees in the afternoon. The trail begins at the Javelina Picnic area and ends at Cowhead Saddle. Total elevation gain is over 4000 feet one way. The high point is Tanque Verde Peak. The views from the top are wonderful. Many people just do a day hike from Javelina Picnic area to Tanque Verde Peak and return to the Javelina Picnic area (for a round trip total of 17.9 miles).

nature trips
6 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of potential wildlife sightings. Went last weekend and saw a Ringtail! Tried to find him again today but no luck. Saw him near an overlook at just under the first mile mark.

9 months ago

Awesome hike with lots of wildlife. I would love to hike this at nighttime too with a black light. Always carry water and a multi-tool should any have a run in with cactus.

hiking
10 months ago

Only did 800 feet climb up to about the 2nd knob on the ridge. Saw a tortoise.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike for all those who are capable of handling a gradual incline. The views are fabulous and the air crisp in the early morning! It was beautiful after the rain.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Great winter hike. Steady elevation gain. Pano views of major peaks. Enjoy the dome rock scenic overlook at mile 2.6.

hiking
Sunday, February 11, 2018

great day hike to Juniper basin, gorgeous views! highly recommend! leave about 8 hours if you plan for stop and lunch. perfect winter or early spring.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I hiked probably the first 2 miles. Hiked on a Wed afternoon in November, met one other hiker. would definitely go back and do the whole thing. Beautiful, serene, remote.

trail running
Sunday, March 26, 2017

I've done this hike/run several times. It's always fantastic. Definitely just a hike for most, as it's no joke in terrain and elevation increases, but you can jog occasionally. There's a perfect N/S road on the south side of the trail that's a perfect 4 mile marker that you can see off in the distance as well.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

excellent hike. the scenery is beautiful. elevation is moderate.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pretty gradual incline. Great views. And lots of nature to see. Go as far as you want. Great sunset spot down to the left before finishing the trail. Last time we even saw a great Gila Monster!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

I would rate this moderate to difficult!

hiking
Friday, March 04, 2016

Great trail that offers views of Mt. Lemon, Mt. Rincon, and Tucson.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Pleasant. Beautiful scenery, flora & fauna. I was hiking with a group of seniors and everyone enjoyed it.

hiking
Friday, April 10, 2015

Great Trail! Start early and enjoy walking the ridgeline. Every elevation gain yields another amazing view

hiking
Saturday, March 14, 2015

great trail

well maintained climb is steady so you make better time than normal

go thru many different eco zones

hiking
Saturday, January 03, 2015

A long, tough trail with awesome views and solitude in abundance - all just minutes from Tucson. Stay overnight at Juniper Basin (permit required) for the full experience.

hiking
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tanque Verde Ridge is a great hike. It is very strenuous uphill going, downhill coming. Great views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges as well as the Sonoran Desert. You can hike up as far as you like or are able and head back down. A good day hike for strong hikers is to hike to Juniper Basin Campground, have lunch and head back. There is no reliable water on this hike so make sure you bring plenty. Any water should be treated. Doing the hike to Juniper Basin CG and back is a 13.8 mile round trip.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2011

First, I did not take this trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. I stopped and turned around at Juniper Camp. The views of Tucson are gorgeous from this trail. The elevation is low to start, so do not do this trail in the summer and always wear sunscreen. Also, the ridge does not have any trees until you go behind the first range, so watch the wind. The day I went up was rather windy and took away from the experience. There is very little water and very little traffic (I saw two people), so come well prepared. Juniper Camp is a nice place to stop for lunch and turn around. Recommended for good city views.

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hiking
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