Summary: There are about 4 access points to this trail. Pick up a more detailed trail map at the ranger station when you first enter the park. From the first parking lot you'll easily find the trailhead. The trail winds through yuccas, oaks, and mesquites. A great part of this hike are the numerous trail junctions along the way that give you the flexibility to make it a longer or shorter hike depending on time and other factors. The trail itself is very easy, well marked, and in great condition. You'll find different benches along the way and even a shelter for shade. We did this hike with our 3 children (4, 2, and 10 months). It is a great trail for children because of the ease as well as the trail junctions to give you options. You'll find great views of granite boulders, the Santa Catalina Mountains, and the Galiuro Mountains. While you're there make sure an visit the Kannally Ranch House. There's a little gift shop and a ranger available for any questions.
Trailhead: Your trailhead destination for the hike is Oracle State Park in Oracle. 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 a couple of miles. The turn-off will be on the left with the Oracle State Park sign clearly visible.
Since this is a State Park this is an entrance fee ($6 per vehicle) unless you have State Park pass. Pay at the entrance. (Lat:32.60959 Lon:-110.74369)
Trail Guides for Windy Ridge Trail Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Oracle State Park - (520) 896-2435 - www.pr.state.az.us
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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