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Rice Peak

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Location Tucson, AZ
Rating Moderate,
Length 11.1mi
Time 4hrs

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Remote, rugged and very steep at the top.

A remote and rugged trail that climbs very steeply to the top of 7,577-ft. Rice Peak. Great views on a clear day, including a distant view of the “Biosphere” experimental structure. Lots of narrow side roads for ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes to explore. Dispersed shady camp spots along the first part of the trail, or camp in Peppersauce Forest Service Campground just east of start. Thanks to the Tucson Rough Riders 4×4 Club for maintaining this trail.


Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the trail is easy. The final climb to the top is very narrow and deceptively steep. There are no major obstacles, but loose rock makes the steep parts very challenging. Make sure you are fully aired down for maximum traction. Aggressive stock SUVs with lockers can do it.






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(520) 749-8700Coronado N.F., Santa Catalina Ranger District

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The trail has a gate at the beginning with a Closed due to flooding sign on it. We understand from some people we met that the trail is washed out a little more than a mile in.

Coronado National Forest temporary closure. Due to the Bighorn fire, this area has restrictions. Read forest order here. For updates go to N.F. website for alerts and notices.

Submitted by Bart
Took three Jeeps there last weekend, including a stock Sahara. The road near the top has been repaired/graded. The washout/boulders previously encountered near the top are no longer there. I agree with other reviewers that the difficulty could be easily downgraded to moderate. Great view from the summit.

Submitted by Richard
Book description is accurate. No surprises. Was certainly worth the trip to the top. When we thought we were at the top, we needed to look back and see that the road actually went up to the real top. The view was stunning at the top. No real obstacles getting to the top. Did not see any washouts as described in the book.

Submitted by Evilone
I took a group of 5 out . We had 2 jeeps, 2 FJ’s and a Power Wagon. The trail should be rated easy to moderate since it was recently graded. The grading removed all the obstacles except the last climb to the summit. Only difficulty is the tight switchbacks and steep climbs. Make sure to put the vehicle in 4 low for the final climb to prevent transmission overheating.


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