Photos of Tanque Verde Ridge Trail

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

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 day ago

Hiked this trail on 21 April. Started on the trail at 0725, reached Tanque Verde peak at 1105, and was back to the trailhead just before 3 pm. Round trip was exactly 18 miles. Bring plenty of water. I brought a full 2 liter camelback and 3 plastic bottle bottles and still went ran out of water with about 2 miles left on the way back down. The trail is very exposed with nearly no shade the entire way on the ridge so wear a sun hat and bring plenty of sunscreen. Trail is fairly easy to follow with rock markers at places where the trail fades a little. Partially overgrown in places with brush so high socks were nice but hiking pants or gaiters maybe would’ve been nice (knees got scratched up a little bit). If I had more time I would’ve camped out for the night at Juniper Basin (beautiful little backcountry camping area set down in a forested river bed 6.9 miles up the ridge). Saw a Gila Monster but not much wildlife otherwise.