Description: Chimney Rock is a popular ATV and camping area. Most people enter from the easier south side. The trail described here comes in the lesser-used back way. Leave gates as you find them. The corridor along Redington Road is heavily used. Weekends are very busy. Much of trail follows a narrow, rocky wash with very tight brush. Good articulation, high ground clearance and skid plates recommended. Aggressive stock vehicles can make it but brush will likely scratch new paint. Route-finding is confusing at times. GPS is helpful.
Time & Distance: It’s 17 miles to the start of the trail on bumpy Redington Road. The trail is 8.4 miles and takes 3 to 4 hours.
Trail Conditions: Coronado N.F., Santa Catalina Ranger District. Call (520) 749-8700.
Directions to the Trail: Head east from Tucson on Tanque Verde Road, which becomes Redington Road as it leaves town. Turn left 0.4 miles past mile marker 17. This rough, single-lane road is a public road despite posted signs. However you must stay on the road as it crosses private land the first mile.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!