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Pontatoc Ridge a nice relaxing hike that will still get your blood flowing. A bit overgrown, so I'd advise wearing pants at the very least. I made the mistake of shorts and was often left with the choice of which spiny thing to rub my legs against. Don't be me. That said, if you want a bit more of a challenge take the side trail up to the true summit. The views are amazing, but you have to pay for it in steep, rough trails with lots of loose gravel. Thankfully if you're afraid of heights you wouldn't have made it this far, so enjoy the views of Tucson and a good portion of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Be safe. Cheers!

Tougher than I thought. I’m in good shape and a moderately experienced hiker and this one got me! Make it to summit in about 80 minutes. Awesome awesome summit view!! 12/10 would do again!

5 hours ago

The hike from Mescal off Long Canyon Road is better then going off Dry Creek and taking the jeep Road. ATVS should be banned they are a menace

I’m in good shape and would not rate this difficult. If you exercise at all I’d call it a solid moderate. Made it to summit in just under an hour. Great views and great workout!

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7 hours ago

Great trail and views..I hike all over and consider it moderate not hard. trails branching off for the loop need to be better marked as most just said TRAIL or had n arrow. I'd do it again however.

8 hours ago

Completed back in August nice that it was 5-6 degrees cooler than Mcdowell Mtn Ranch. As others have stated it is not an actual named loop, but a combo of 3 different trails. Really cool hike enjoyed the metate portion through the tree groves and was then the lower dragonfly providing some shade. Granted it was August but only saw one other couple on the trail, if looking for something similar difficulty to Gateway loop without the crowd this is it.

8 hours ago