Summary: The path is graded dirt for the first half, weaving in and out of the nearby wash. The trail gets slightly more rugged as you near an old, ruined stone house that was once lived in by cattle ranchers. After the house, you begin a steep climb. This is the only strenuous climbing on the entire trial. Once you reach the top, you descend into a sandy basin. There is a canyon overlook that allows you to see your progress up the mountain. There is a nice shaded area with a huge cottonwood tree in the middle of it, and nearby is a "Lunch Overlook." Continuing on the trail, past the tree, you will follow a well-marked, winding red dirt path, leading you to a gate, which separates the terminus of the Wild Burro Trail and the beginning of the Wild Mustang Trail.
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head west on Speedway and turn right to merge onto I-10 W. Take Exit 240 toward Tangerine Road, which merges onto Casa Grande Highway. Turn right at W Tangerine Road. Turn left at Dove Mountan Boulevard, and continue for 3.6 miles. The trail head is on the right side of the road.
Trail Guides for Wild Burro Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: (520) 907-9107
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by ConnieGS on 1/7/2013
This low range north of Marana may not be the Superstitions in grandeur, but offer the hiker a nice variety of loop hikes starting at the Ritz-Carlton south parking lot. No permit is required and parking is free. The lot is well-lighted at night. Bathrooms, a water spigot and MuttMitts are here. Water up before hiking! Colored maps are avaialble at the trailhead. The trail colors on the map match the trail markers on the trail, which makes navigating the hills easy. Watch out for equestrians, mountain bikers and loose bulls! I did a 12-mile loop hike that included the Wild Burro, Wild Mustang and Alamo Springs trail. Other options are available. This would be a great hike after spring rains when the cactus start blooming.
Reviewed by Mike on 12/6/2011
Don't miss the petroglyphs near the Canyon Overlook.
Reviewed by Robert on 3/13/2011
A wonderful gem of a hike, without the crowds found in other local hiking areas. An important change available to you if you so desire is instead of starting at the original trailhead, drive up to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Starting at the hotel reduces the distance of this hike by approximately two miles round trip. Hotel security will direct you to a special parking area, and give you a full color topo map of the area, and all of its interconnecting trails.
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