Short & STEEP as indicated! The "social trail" was better than lots of "regular" trails I've done. Gneiss views; had the summit to myself.
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!
You forgot Shin-daggers and Cholla Pom-Poms !!!
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.