Pontatoc Ridge Fitness Hike

This is a moderately strenuous hike-about 2.4 miles one way, with approx 1,850 foot elevation gain.  Our hiking time will be around 3.5 hours. Pace will be quick or go at your own speed if you're comfortable hiking alone.

Trail Description: The trail begins at the same trailhead as Finger Rock Canyon Trail. Shortly (within 50 yards) we will come to a junction and we'll take the right trail up to Pontatoc. At one time the Pontatoc Ridge Trail was called the Old Spanish Mine Trail. There are some old abandoned mines at the end of the trail. Be careful around these dangerous old mines if you happen to travel up to them. The Pontatoc Ridge Trail branches off the Pontatoc Trail about 0.8 miles from the trailhead. We will climb out of the canyon and head up to the ridge top and to follow it north to Pontatoc Saddle. At the saddle there are great views of Tucson and the Santa Rita and Tucson Mountains. Here you can get a closer look at the Pontatoc Cliffs and the abandoned mine shafts. We will be taking a break before returning.

Directions to the Trailhead: Head east on Ina/Skyline from northbound 1st Avenue. Follow Skyline (have to make a left to stay on Skyline) to Alvernon Way and turn left (north) to the trail head and parking lot at the end of the pavement. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked])

Please Bring: It's forecasted to be high of 95F on Saturday, so please bring sun protection and water sufficient for this hike. 2+ liters of water, snacks, sun protection. You may want to bring a flashlight if you are adventuresome and want to poke your head in some of the caves at the top.

HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK

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  • A former member
    A former member

    First I didnt know it was a fitness hike (my fault) It still was fun and I had a great time. Thank you Sarah

    September 21, 2013

  • Bob W.

    NICE ! -- And the Desert Tortoise was an AWESOME Bonus -- Bob

    September 21, 2013

  • james

    Challenging short hike, good hike to help get back in shape

    September 21, 2013

  • Mark

    Didn't see the notification in time, we slept in and are doing Blackett's

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be unable to attend. I went out for 1 beer which turned into a few mixed drinks with redbull and have yet to sleep..I see there is 1 spot left, im glad to see I didnt take a spot from someone...hopefully someone see this message...my apologies. ..

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Sarah

    Better directions: north on Campbell, turn right on Skyline for .5 mile. Skyline then divides and turns left. Continue on Skyline for .7 mile and turn left on Alvernon Way. Go to end and park on left.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this the trail head near sacred heart school.. also known as iris dewhurst?

    September 19, 2013

    • Sarah

      Hi Jeremy, I don't know the answer to this.. Maybe Google Finger Rock trail head and see if you can find additional directions?

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good Morning Sarah, I'll be their bright and early (6:30).
    So don't be late:)

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've done this but to Finger Rock, twice. First to bag the peak (rope climb) 2nd just for the exercise and only to the knuckle

    September 18, 2013

    • Sarah

      Hi John, if you'd like to join the hike, just RSVP yes at the top of this page.

      September 18, 2013

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