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Ragged Top: North Gully

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A difficult and adventurous hike to the summit of a remote desert peak
Near:Tucson, AZ
Distance:3.9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1622 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:Bush wacking
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Be prepared for lots of bushwhacking, difficult route finding, and steep exposed terrain. From the parking lot head directly towards the large north facing gully that ends at the saddle just west of the main summit. Follow the path of least resistance. After about 1.3 miles of bush whacking you will be in the north gully and a faint game/climbers trail, that will lead you to the main saddle, shoud be visible. Once you have attained the saddle, head around to the southwest face of the summit peak until you reach another short steep gully. Follow the steep gully to the top.

Ragged Top Mt contains what may be the last viable population of indigenous desert bighorn sheep to the Tucson basin. Humans can negatively impact the population dynamics by intruding upon the sheep during breeding and lambing seasons. Breeding season occurs in August and September while lambing occurs during February, so time your hike accordingly.

Trailhead: To reach the trailhead take Red Rock exit (exit 226) off of I-10 and follow the road to the west for 13 miles. Turn left on to Siverbell and follow it for approximately 1.8 miles until you reach a to a rusty signpost on the right hand side of the road. At the sign post turn right and follow the track road for about 0.1 miles until it dead ends at a cul de sac, this is the parking spot. The coordinates of the parking spot are at approximately N32 28.282 W111 29.347.

Ragged Top is located in the newly created Ironwood Forest National Monument. The pristine desert area surrounding the peak is a perfect example of the Sonoran Desert. (Lat:32.47136 Lon:-111.48911)

Trail Guides for Ragged Top: North Gully:
Best Seasons: Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Ironwood Forest National Monument
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted  33 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Suzanne on 2/7/2006
Awesome hike for getting away from people and enjoying true derest. Expect some scratches, there is a lot of bushwacking. Just before the saddle, one can go right or left. Right takes you to shear vertical rock, our first choice(great views); only to turn around and take the left which leads you up a scenic summit with intriguing rocks formations and fun place to hear your echo. Pulled teddy bear cati out more than once on the hike. Biggest Issue: use GPS or track your vehicle well because otherwise it will be difficult to find at the end. We had no trail or trailhead the first mile+. Wonderful views.

Reviewed by Tony on 12/5/2003
Really great hike. Had the company of a desert bighorn on the lower section just before the main gully splits. Great views and easy route-finding. Semi-challenging but mostly simply scrambling. Definetely worth doing again if for no other reason than to see the expansive views and hopefully another desert bighorn sheep.

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