Summary: For the most part the trail continually gains elevation until you reach the junction with the Oracle Ridge Trail. This is a great trail that passes through high desert grassland with great views of the Galiuro Mountains, San Manuel, and the burns areas from the Bullock and Aspen fires of 2002 and 2003. As the trail ascends you will notice a cluster of buildings (some of them stone) which is the Hijinks Mine. There are 2 sections of the trail to keep an eye out for. First of all, you'll cross a jeep road (roughly around 20-25 minutes into the hike) where the trail will pick up again across the jeep road about 10 yards to your right. Second, when you are below the Hijinks Mine there is a fork in the trail. Make sure and take the right fork.
Trailhead: Your trailhead destination for the hike is in Oracle north of Tucson. If you're driving from Tucson on highway 77 take American Avenue (a right turn) once you get to Oracle. The road winds through the business district of town. Take a right on Mt. Lemmon Road and proceed for several miles. The paved road eventually turns into a dirt road. Within about a mile (estimate) you will see a small parking lot with a wooden archway at the trailhead. There is a trailhead on each side of the road. You want to go to the trailhead on the right (West) side of the road. You will see a sign and a map indicating that this is part of the Arizona Trail. (Lat:32.58058 Lon:-110.72045)
Trail Guides for AZ Trail - American Flag Ranch:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest - www.fs.fed.us/rs/coronado - (520)749-8700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Sean Benesh, who has posted 21 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by A.H. on 2/26/2006
The trail is well maintained. Hiked w/ my daughter - I'm 60 and it was a good walk, mostly gradual climb, but that makes it easier on the way back! Outstanding view of Galiuro Mts., San Manuel, and Biosphere. Hiked 2/06.Too bad we've not had rain - still enjoyed scenery and hike.
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