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It's a fun, but tough hike. Definitely longer than 13.2. My watch said 16.3 miles round trip.

3 March 2018. This was a much more difficult hike than advertised. Snow early in the week left wet conditions over the entire trail. As mentioned, the distance was closer to 15 than 13 miles. The climb to the peak was calf deep in snow with steep muddy trails and slick rocks. I spent nearly 12 hours doing the full out and back in one day. An extreme difficulty hike if trying to accomplish in one day.

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5 months ago

Just hiked this trail on Tuesday 1/16/18. I started a little later than i wanted at 10am. I've hiked this trail several times but it has been a couple years. The trail gets a little hard to follow just before dear head spring. There are trees down so the best i can say is follow the line of broken tree trunks that are kind of in a straight line. This time i hiked the full turkey creek trail starting at the 4WD road since i don't have 4WD. Got there at 1pm. Then proceeded on the deer head spring trail to the heartbreak ridge trail down into happy valley. The heartbreak ridge trail is awesome especailly going down..the views of the tucson basin as well as the san pedro valley are incredible. It's one of the few places that you can see both valleys on both sides of the rincon mountains. I got to happy valley at 3pm. Then proceeded down the miller creek trail and back to my car at 5pm over at the turkey creek trail parking area . Its about 16.5 miles total counting walking from miller creek parking area to turkey creek parking area...the weather was perfect. Went though 3 liters of water and a large 32 oz G2 gaterade. Apple, 3 tangerines, b&J sandwich on wheat, peanuts, pretzels, 2 chocolate chip cookies at the end. Very enjoyable hike . I would certainly recommend starting a little earlier than i did. Say more like 8am rather than 10am but i knew most of the trails except the heartbreak ridge but it was all down hill once i got to the end of the turkey creek trail....

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7 months ago

Completely worth the 1 hr. drive from Tucson. 16.2 miles over various, rocky terrain wore me out..

Cairns will help you out when you need it. It helps to have some experience in noticing them.

easy fun trail 2wd f150

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10 months ago

We didn't get too far on this trail due to the heat of the day and a late start, but it was a nice easy trail for the portion we completed. Initially, we hiked the first 1.5 miles up the road, until we realized we could drive the 4 x 4 up there to the trailhead and park. We then hiked another mile and a half up the trail but we were pretty beat so we turned around. The trail is not used much but still easy to follow. We saw a lot of turkey vultures and some hawks and a lot of butterflies. The trail is grassland and scrub junipers, mesquites, and oaks. It looks like a pretty good way to get up to Manning camp.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Got a late start on the day (8:15a). AllTrails lists as a 13.3 mile out and back when in truth, this hike is 16.2 out and back.

The trailhead starts on private, fenced property and is accessible from the second left dirt road. You should park you vehicle in the large open "round-about" the moment you pull in. From there, walk down the second left "road" all the way to the car turnaround. There is a fence that can be opened to access. You will see the trail marker directly in front of you. Make sure to close the fence behind you so you don't release the livestock. The trail map that AllTrails provides is not accurate (although it does get you on the actual trail eventually. This map sends you up a large washout.

Pack extra water, you will need it. Once you hike through the lowland areas Rincon wastes no time and shows some short, but serious elevation climbs.

The trip to the summit has some nice vistas, but this is not what I would call a scenic assent compared to many other southwestern trails. You will find yourself needing a few breaks over the final 1,200' assent as the switchbacks are very tight and the grade is very steep. This is not s technical climb but make sure you drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. A lazily placed foot can result in a serious injury here. We nicknamed this trail, "The Angry Trainer". Every time you think you're getting a breather, it torques up the grade and try's to sap your energy as if to be saying, "come on you pansy, gimme 10 more!!".

Once you hit the summit, you'll get the feeling of sitting on the worlds ceiling. The summit is solid stone and void of trees. The only plant life are a scant few bushes that call this Peak home. While we were there, we shared the view with millions of ladybugs. As they swarmed over us, it felt strangely like those jellyfish like creatures from Avatar. Very tranquil experience. Make sure you stack a rock on the pile before your decent as a symbol of you conquest.

This is a long hike (took us 9 hours out and back not counting time at the top for lunch, snacks etc.). If you can make this summit, there's not much you can't do (short of a 14er).

Summary:
1) Pack extra water. I recommend an extra liter over your normal consumption.
2) Start early. By 7am.
3) Bring along layers to accommodate for temperature fluctuations (we did our hike on 23 May and had perfect weather).
4) Enjoy the summit if weather permits (it can be pretty gusty). Full 360 view makes you feel a like your kind of a big deal, lol.
5) Put a few Dos Equis in your Yeti and keep it at your vehicle. You'll thank me for that one when you reach the bottom.
6) This hike actually is about the destination, not the journey, and well worth the belt notch!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great pass, the scenery is beautiful, it reminds me very much of South Africa, where my whole family is from. I would say some sort of height clearance is preferable though...there are some fairly large dips and bumps along the way that cars may struggle with. However, all in all it's a fun time!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yes the 13 miles listed on top of the page is not correct. The rating as difficult is correct though. I've done this hike and it was over 16 miles when we got back to the truck, per my Garmin and the signs. And it is a pull for sure. I actually gave up when I was about 1/2 mile from the peak. But summoned the energy to go all the way after a short break. It is definitely an all day adventure. Camping over night up in Happy Valley would be a great way to break this up into 2 shorter days. Nice spots to camp all over up there. We did this in late May, and I wouldn't recommend that either. It was hot and we almost ran out of water on the walk back. And we carried a lot!! Beautiful views obviously when on top, and another island range peak in southern Arizona bagged. And yes, as someone else posted, the last 1/2 mile or so is really steep!!!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Forest service has this listed as 16.2 miles round trip. My GPS clocked it at 15.4. Definitely more than 13 though. Had a great time on this hike but it's a days work. I was hiking for about 8 hours. Great views from the top and several spots along the way. Camping sites available as well about midway.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Truly one of my all time favorite hikes.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Incredible hike! Arizona rates their trails 1-5 5 being hardest and this is a 5! It's pretty good till the .5 mile marker to the peak. Then it is literally more than a 45 degree angle climb to the top! Insane yet well worth it. I live 10 miles from the mountain and look at it everyday knowing I've been to the tip top!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Easy road with great views. No 4x4 needed or high ground clearance. Cars ok if careful in spots.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Easy enjoyable ride with beautiful mountain ranges in every direction throughout the trip.

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