Rice Peak

Location: Northeast of Tucson, southeast of Oracle.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Description: A challenging run with broad views from the 7,577-ft. summit. Camp at the Forest Service Peppersauce Campground. Suitable for aggressive stock vehicles with good articulation, skid plates and an experienced driver. Steep at the top. Dangerous if snow-covered or icy. Route-finding complex. Some brush.

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Time & Distance: From Peppersauce C.G. to summit is 5.8 miles. Return trip 5.6 miles. Allow about 4 hours plus travel time.

Trail Conditions: Coronado N.F., Santa Catalina Ranger District. Call (520) 749-8700.


Weather for Rice Peak
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It is forcast to be Clear at 7:00 PM MST on October 29, 2016


Directions to the Trail: Head north on Oracle Road (Hwy 77) from Tucson. Stay on Hwy 77 all the way to Oracle. Turn right on American Avenue just past mile marker 100. Bear right on Mt. Lemmon Road after 2.4 miles. Turn right after another 3.2 miles where the road turns to dirt. This is called the Mt. Lemmon Control Road. Follow this dirt road for about 5 miles, until you reach Peppersauce C.G. and turn right.


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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!


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