The North Ridge

Page Type
Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
Time Required:
Most of a day

Route Quality: 0 Votes

2014 Hits
0% Score
Log in
to vote
Page By:
The North Ridge
Created On: Feb 28, 2005
Last Edited On: Mar 13, 2007

Route Description

From the parking area at about 5,960', walk south across the road just west of the cattle guard. There is also a barbed-wire fence here. You will immediately pick up an unmarked "trail" that is in surprisingly good condition. This trail essentially leads all the way to the top. Start hiking south up the trail on the north slopes of a 7,000' point. The trail goes around to the west side of the point, where you will reach a ridgeline at a 6,625' saddle. A barbed wire fence is here. Turn right on the trail, and follow the ridgeline and fence as it bends around to the southeast. You'll see Mount Washington for the first time here. This ridge goes up-and-down the entire way to Mount Washington. You will first reach Point 6,847'. You will then have to drop down 50' or so, then climb up to Point 7,211', locally known as "Veteran's Peak". There is a radio tower on top of Point 7,211'. You will then have to drop down again to a saddle at 6,750' just north of Mount Washington. Once at the saddle, make the final push to the forested summit, where there are no views.

Hiking Distance: 10 miles round trip.
Elevation Gain: 3,000'.

Additions and CorrectionsPost an Addition or Correction

Viewing: 1-1 of 1

Courteol - Nov 29, 2005 12:03 am - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

In 1989, I worked at the Santa Cruz School on Hwy 82, west of the Patagonia Mountains and Mt. Washington. As the sponsor of a hiking club, I began to work on the trail to Mt. Washington to use as a hike for the club. A few weeks project turned into years as I built the trail north and south of the road. (actually, improved, for it did exist, but in VERY poor conditon. Illegals, animals, and hunters keep it open) I pushed the trail gradually south to just south of the saddle between 7211 and Mt. Washington by the spring of 1993, when my life situation changed and I stopped, soon moving away from Nogales.

Also, as to "Veterans Peak," I left on its summit a plaque on December 7, 1991 , the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on a snowy afternoon. Perhaps someone found this, and named the peak. Just a few little facts of history.

Viewing: 1-1 of 1

The North Ridge

1 Images 0 Climber's Log Entries 0 Comments 1 Additions & Corrections


MyTopo Map Nearby Routes Interactive Map Routes in Arizona


Mount WashingtonRoutes