A great quick climb right in Tucson. The distance of the trail and the elevation isn't anything special but the steepness of it will make you pay. I like this climb because the "ladder" of a trail and the amazing 360 views makes a 5200' mountain worth it.
Excuse my feeble memory, but I remember parking my car close to a
dude ranch overrun with Snowbirds.
I started out on a 4WD road, then had to go "cross-country" towards the peak. There were vast tracts of "Shin-daggers" and a
few Cholla Pom-Poms; but I saw several Bighorn sheep, which kept
my spirits up and kept me going to the summit. Outstanding views!
So pleasantly surprised by this mountain! Right there, in the middle of the suburbs of Tucson, is this rugged desert peak. Just loved this mountain: Cactus gardens, blooming desert wildflowers, Saguaros, dynamite views - all of it.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe