Hike Incinerator Ridge to Leopold Point

San Pedro Vista Trailhead, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, United States

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    800 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

A straightforward, simple hike along a scenic ridgeline that ends with some "ooh-ah" views at Leopold Point. Perfect for a short hike-to-lunch spot to complement a Mt. Lemmon adventure day.

Starting out at San Pedro Vista Trailhead, located just off the shoulder of the Catalina Highway, this trail follows along the ridgeline, drops to a small saddle, and terminates at a gorgeous vista: Leopold Point. There is only 1 sign that you will come across that actually designates it as Incinerator Ridge which is halfway through your hike, but don't let that deter you. Keep on keeping on along the obvious trail. 

This is only a short segmented trail, but can be combined with numerous off-shoots to make a full day out of it. This description lists a straightforward, easy hike that would make for the perfect quick backpack picnic. 

Once you reach the high point along this ridgeline (Incinerator Peak), you will drop down about 120ft into a small saddle. Continue around the left (north) side of the hill and climb up through some sparse trees until you reach a large boulder field. Scramble through that to reach Leopold Point! Unpack your lunch and enjoy views of Mt. Wrightson, the Santa Ritas, Barnum Rock, Green Mountain and the Rincons - depending on the visibility. 

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  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water & Trail Snacks
  • Sunglasses and/or Hat & Sunscreen
  • Picnic Goodies
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Great views. Easy hike. Boulders at the top.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Nick Tort Explorer

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