Passage #9 - Rincon Mountains
Length: 24.6 miles
Southern Access Point: Saguaro National Park
Northern Access Point: Redington Road
Trail Route Description: From the kiosk at the boundary of Saguaro National Park the trail works its way over to a gate and then north up to Hope Camp. From Hope Camp the trail heads north/northwest to the Quilter Trail junction. It follows this trail north and then east over several drainages, reaches a high saddle and then drops down to the junction with the Manning Camp Trail. From here the trail climbs steadily for several miles, passes a trail junction, and then drops down into the Grass Shack Campground. It then climbs continuously for several more miles to the northeast, passes another trail junction, crosses Chimenea Creek, and then comes to Manning Camp. From Manning Camp the trail goes through several trail junctions on the way to Mica Mountain and then it starts down the other side of the Rincon Mountains. It passes Italian Spring and begins dropping fairly steeply through an old burn area. After passing the wilderness boundary the trail works its way along a ridgeline and then descends to the Italian Trap Trailhead. From here the trail climbs steadily, turns to the west and then drops down to Redington Road.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season(s): All year. Snow can be present at higher elevations after winter storms and lower elevations can be quite warm in summer (current weather forecast)
Water: Water can be found seasonally in the following locations: Chimenea Creek, Grass Shack Campground, Madrona Canyon, Manning Camp and Italian Spring. Check with local agencies for current information.
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