Upper Javelina Trail Loop

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Upper Javelina Trail Loop is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marana, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail begins at the end of the paved road heading to the golf club at Dove Mountain Resort/Ritz-Carleton. Park alongside the road, and you will see the plastic trail markers heading west parallel to the road marked "UJT" for the Upper Javelina Trail. After a short distance, you will come to a gate and you will know you are on the right trail as it begins to head up the ridge line. The trail climbs steadily for the first mile. Great views along the way. After 1.5 miles, you reach a trail junction with the east trail heading to the Ritz-Carleton resort, or go west on the Wild Mustang Trail. Head west where again the trail climbs a bit and in 0.3 miles you reach a junction with the Cochie Spring Trail. Head back west from here and hike to the resort to view the petroglyphs behind the Fitness Center. It is then possible to hike back along a path parallel to the main road to the original trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

The first 3 miles of the trail is awesome ! great scenery, tons of petrified wood and a moderately challenging hike. The rest was kinda lame... Hiking through the resort and along the road. Next time I'll turn around half way and enjoy the best part twice.

4 months ago

I enjoy this hike when at The Ritz-Carlton. Not at all strenuous and minimal elevation.

hiking
5 months ago

They call it “Upper” Javelina for a reason! I’m a seasoned hiker, yet I struggled on the steep and continuous climb! At one point, I was scaling boulders—something for which I was not prepared. Consequently, I cut my hike short by taking the Hotel Spur Trail, which offers a shortcut back to the hotel. Tip: Grab a map at the trailhead and study it. The trails are color-coordinated. Once you figure that out, you’re good to go! Such a beautiful trail and a great workout!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with our pooch! Beautiful trail and views. So much petrified wood. Must have been an ancient forest. Interesting rock formations. Will hike this trail again.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike is a great workout! That first mile up gets your heart pumping.

I would not recommend bringing dogs on this trail because the terrain is rough. We ran into some people with a dog and it was panting like crazy and I'm sure its paws were scratched up. The dog's owner looked like he also shouldn't have been out on that trail and I wanted to scream at him for subjecting his dog to this discomfort. What is wrong with people?

Anyway, I highly recommend this hike for people only. :)

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail with beautiful views, well marked!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail did a combo from Upper Javlina to the Community trail to Lower Javalina back to WIld Burro Trailhead for a total of 8.3 miles...

hiking
10 months ago

Almost whole thing is within site of hotel. Nice view near top.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fairly Easy to Easy Moderate trail. Good views and fun to hike. Moderate climb at the beginning.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great trail well maintained

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