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Samaniego Ridge Trail #7

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A trail for the adventurous leading from pines to desert.


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7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

78%

Runnable

7,780' 2,371 m

High

5,089' 1,551 m

Low

631' 192 m

Up

3,257' 993 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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This ridge trail runs north from near the peak of Mt. Lemmon past Samaniego Peak to Charouleau's Gap (USFS 736).

Reach the southern trailhead by starting on Meadow Trail and Mount Lemmon Trail #5 to Sutherland Trail for just a bit before starting Samaniego Ridge Trail. After Samaniego Peak, you'll encounter the “Corkscrew of Death”. The trail reaches a cliff, and the route around it corkscrews straight down the mountain, then regains the ridge via a scramble straight up a steep, sloping slab of rock. Good luck!

The trail was on the endangered list after the Aspen Fire of 2003, but has since been revived but is still in need of some trail love. Be prepared for overgrown grass and brush along with fallen trees.

Certain section can be difficult to follow, so a map and GPS and the Trail Run Project mobile app are highly encouraged.

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Chad Dailey

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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#15

in Mt. Lemmon

#813

in Arizona

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The trailhead  for the Canada Del Oro trailhead at the junction of the Samaniego Ridge trail.
Oct 7, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
At the top of Charouleau's Gap looking further down the trail to the east.
Apr 10, 2016 near Catalina, AZ
From the Gap you can head up the Samaniego Ridge Trail to the CDO or Sutherland.
Apr 10, 2016 near Catalina, AZ

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