Passage #12 - Oracle Ridge
Location: Romero Pass to American Flag Ranch Trailhead
Length: 22.1 miles
Southern Trailhead: Romero Pass
- GPS Coordinates: 32.39936° N, 110.83027° W
- Access: Even though the passage ends at Romero Pass, the closest
vehicle access from Tucson is at the Marshall Gulch Picnic Area. Take Catalina Highway
into the Santa Catalina Mountains. Near the top of the mountain range, bear left to
the community of Summerhaven. Continue 1.5 miles south to the end of the road at
Marshall Gulch Trailhead. The trail begins on the west side of the parking area. The
Marshall Gulch Trail connects to the Wilderness of Rocks Trail, reaching Romero Pass
in about 7 miles.
Northern Trailhead: American Flag Ranch Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 32.58090° N, 110.72039° W
- Access: From Oracle, turn south at the eastern intersection of AZ
77 and East American Avenue, drive 1.5 miles on American Avenue, and then turn right
onto Mount Lemmon Road. Continue 4.0 miles to American Flag Ranch Road, and turn right
(west) to reach the trailheads on both sides of the road, including parking areas
near the historic American Flag Ranch. The trail on the left (east) side of the road
is the start of Passage 13; Passage 12 arrives from the west (right).
Trail Route Description: This passage begins at Romero Pass
on the Mt Lemmon Trail (#5). From here the trail works its way northeast up
to the junction with the Wilderness of Rocks Trail (#44). It follows this
trail to the east and then northeast until it reaches the Marshall Gulch
Trail (#3). From here the route goes east/southeast to the Marshall Gulch
Trailhead on FR 10. It turns north following this road into Summerhaven.
From Summerhaven the route crosses Catalina Highway then turns left onto
FR 38 (Control Road), and then continues due north and downhill on the
Oracle Ridge Trail (#1). It turns east on the Cody Trail (#9) and then
reaches the end of the passage at the American Flag Trailhead.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season(s): All year. Snow can be present at higher
elevations after winter storms
(current weather forecast)
Water: Water is often found in Lemmon Creek and is available
All natural sources of water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
Signing consists of flexible fiberglass signposts with the Arizona Trail decal.
USGS Topographic Maps: Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow, Oracle and Campo Bonito.
Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District.
BLM Information Center maps.
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