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Tanque Verde Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (10)

A good trail to Juniper Basin Campground and Tanque Verde Peak. Definitely a must do in the area.


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11.0

Miles

17.8

KM

79%

Runnable

7,006' 2,136 m

High

3,107' 947 m

Low

4,205' 1,282 m

Up

1,202' 366 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

The trail is steep, and water can be limited. Be sure to bring plenty of your own before setting out.

Description

You can take the Tanque Ridge Trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. That distance is about 8.5 miles one way. This trail is steep, and the starting elevation is about 3,000 ft. Tanque Verde Peak is 7,000 ft or so, so you can see that there will be much gain in those 8 miles.

You can also take this trail just to Juniper Basin where there is good designated camping. That distance is about 6.2 miles one way with about 3,500 feet of climbing.

If you'd like to take the trail to it's terminus, you'll find yourself at the Cow Head Saddle, nearly 11 miles in. If you've made it this far, you'll have the option to connect to a variety of other trails, or return the way that you came.

Depending on season, there may be water about half a mile before reaching Juniper Basin Camp. Juniper Basin Camp also may have water. On the way to Tanque Verde Peak, there may be water down in some gullies where you may find potholes. Some parts of the trail may get lost if you don't pay attention, especially if you are not a savvy route finder. Don't lose the cairns. You can use the Trail Run Project mobile app to make sure you don't get lost.

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Shared By:

Yanko Limón with improvements by Chris McD

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  4.2 from 10 votes

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Photos

Snow and rain in the Desert - on the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail
Apr 29, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Sunset from the bottom of Tanque Verde Ridge
Feb 28, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Cow Head Saddle with view up to Manning Camp. Juniper Tress and Manzanita in bloom.
May 8, 2016 near Tanque…, AZ
Looking down-trail towards Tucson.
Feb 7, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ
Heading west (downhill) on Tanque Verde Ridge Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Tanque…, AZ
Sunset light from the rocks below Tanque Verde.
Feb 28, 2021 near Tanque…, AZ

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Mar 29, 2019
Avery Williams
Beautiful trail with very diverse landscapes. Ran into two Gila Monsters crossing the trail and two deer up on an outcrop. 9.4mi — 3h 05m
Jul 31, 2017
Steven Terry
Great run, but really overgrown with all the monsoon rain. Plenty of climbing and no real water to speak of. Be prepared for a long strenuous run. 12.4mi — 3h 20m