Posted: Jul 22, 2011 6:14 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2011 5:39 PM
TUCSON - Today, we're "Hittin' the Trails" at some of your favorite hikes in southern Arizona.
Frank suggested checking out La Milagrosa Ridge, located off Snyder Road & at the Avienda de Suzenu Trailhead on the northeast side.
After passing a metal fence at the end of Wentworth, you'll reach a fork in the trail. Stay to the left to head up La Milagrosa Ridge.
Once past this point, you'll have amazing city and canyon views. The big highlight though is the waterfalls, which flow rapidly after a Monsoon rainfall.
The hike up La Milagrosa Ridge is not for beginners. Looping this trail into Agua Caliente Canyon nets a 1,000 foot elevation gain and 6 mile round trip hike.
Greg wrote in, telling us to check out the trail system in Oro Valley. Hikers of any skill level should check out Naranja Park, home to trails suited for beginners and experts.
Ainsley Legner with the town of Oro Valley said, "The shortest trail we have is about a half mile loop, up to being able to complete all four miles of the trails".
All four miles of the trails at Naranja Park are in great shape, but vary. Legner said, "You can also choose whether to do a trail that's a little hilly and has a little more physical intensity, or do a trail that's just more flat".
Whatever trail you step foot on, you'll have a front row seat to the Catalina Mountains and several species of birds that call Naranja Park home.
Naranja Park is located on Naranja Road east of La Canada.
To see a trail map for the La Milagrosa Ridge/Agua Caliente Canyon loop, click here.
To see a trail map for Naranja Park, click here.
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