More Trails Reopened on Mt. Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains)
The Coronado National Forest has updated the Bighorn Fire Closure Order to include the reopening of trails impacted by the Bighorn Fire. Most trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains remain closed, including the majority of the front range trails close to Tucson. Passage 10, 11, and 12 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail have been reopened.
Passage 11b – Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass is not yet entirely open due to some extreme hazards and potential for continued degradation due to flash flooding. The ATA, along with the Passage Stewards, conservation Crews, other user groups, and the forest service are working to evaluate, stabilize, and improve the tread for preservation, safety, and sustainability of the route where it follows Green Mountain Trail between Bear Saddle and San Pedro Vista.
Connectivity between trails throughtou the Santa Catalina Ranger District is still severely limited since most of the mountain was impacted by the Bighorn Fire, which scorched a total of 119,978 acres. Due to the possibility of severe flash floods, all trails on the mountain should be avoided if rain is in the forecast.
The Arizona Trail Association has conducted on-the-ground trail conditions assessments, but the possibility of falling trees, rolling rocks, unstable soils and other dangers present unusual hazards within the burn zone.
We will be calling on all volunteers to help repair the AZT as soon as it’s safe to do so. Please keep an eye on opportunities through our Volunteer website. Become a fan of Passages 11, 11a and 12 and we will contact you as soon as we are able to conduct volunteer work events again.
For more information, please contact the Coronado National Forest by calling (520) 749-8700 or visit their frequently asked questions web page.