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Tortolita Mountains

Let's head up north to Marana for a Wednesday morning hike in the Tortolita mountains.    

Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Total Time: plan on 3 to 4 hours

No dogs please.

Directions : From Tangerine, travel north on Dove Mountain Blvd and take a right at the traffic circle at the end of the road toward the Ritz Carlton. Let the Gatekeeper know you will be hiking. He will tell you where the trailhead parking is.  Please give yourself plenty of time to get there.  The drive up Dove Mountain Blvd is further than most people anticipate.

We will depart the TH Parking lot at 10:30.


This hike will be along the Wild Burro Trail to the Lower Javelina Trail and back down to the

Burrow trail. Continuing on the Burro trail we will ascend to Alamo Springs for lunch with stops at Clayton House ruins and Canyon overlook.

We will then return via Alamo Springs, Connector and Burro Trail.

So that we may all enjoy the quietude of this area please talk gently and turn cell phone ringers off.

A simple route map may be found here.

If you have any questions please email me or call[masked]



More info on the Tortolita Mountains:

Tortolita Hiking Guide

"The Town of Marana, Pima County and Cottonwood Properties have developed over 25 miles of hiking trails in the Tortolita Mountains. Parking for the Wild Burro Canyon trailhead is located at the Ritz-Carlton and is open to the public. This expanding network of trails offers a variety of hikes of different difficulties over changing terrain." More...


"More than 10 miles of Dove Mountain's boundary are against either formal preserves or Arizona State Trust owned mountains. The Tortolita Mountain Park borders Dove Mountain to the northeast offering 3,000 undisturbed acres for hiking, camping, horseback riding or the simple enjoyment of experiencing some of the most eye-pleasing vistas in the Southwest. The 2,400 acre Tortolita Preserve frames Dove Mountain to the south presenting still more natural high Sonoran Desert wonders for generation after generation to come." More...

Required Gear
- 3 liters of water
- sun protection!!!! (hat, sun screen, sun glasses, chapstick, etc.)
- snacks
- camera (optional)

Hike at your own risk.


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  • Chuck

    Wow! what fun, beautiful hike! Enjoyed it much. Nice to meet some people.
    Sorry, I had to rush back. I had a meeting in the afternoon was trying to catch.
    Roger, thanks for posting the great pics!

    January 26, 2012

  • Bob W.

    I like this NEW Trail system ! Thanks Mike

    January 26, 2012

  • brian b.

    beautiful area will definitely do other the trails in this group.

    January 26, 2012

  • Allison

    Great trail: well marked. uncrowded, some interesting flora and geology, good views.
    Nice moderate pace, plenty of opportunity to hike quietly and also to socialize a bit.

    January 26, 2012

  • Roger N.

    What a great day and an wonderful hike on the Wild Burro and Alamo Springs Trails, and the little jaunt some of us did on the Lower Javelina Trail :) I know I took way to many pictures and I tried to cut them down, but what an awesome hike!

    January 25, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Another great day in the Torts! That place is truly amazing.
    Thanks to everyone for a great hike.

    January 25, 2012

  • Bob W.

    Krista, I am coming from the far south east ( Rita Ranch )via I-10 northbound and will be driving close to Oracle and Ina on my way to the Hike. Let me know if you would like to carpool. -- Bob

    January 24, 2012

  • Mike B.

    I added a link to the Tortolita Hiking Guide in the above "More Info" area.

    January 24, 2012

  • Krista S.

    I live in the NW area near Oracle and Ina, anyone want to carpool?

    January 24, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Ooops...! I forgot.
    No dogs please.

    January 19, 2012

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