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Hiking Incinerator Ridge on Mount Lemmon

Tucson temperatures currently feel like when you open the oven to check on your cookies. The air burns your face but this time there aren’t any cookies and you can’t close the door.

Thank goodness for Mount Lemmon, where it was a cool 73°.

We’ve hiked Mount Lemmon numerous times, you can see our previous hikes here. This morning we had an excellent brunch at First Watch then we headed up Catalina Highway with our bellies close to bursting. We hadn’t decided on a trail, deciding to just pick a random one once we were up Mount Lemmon. Shortly after the San Pedro Vista pull-off, we noticed a bunch of cars parked on the side of the road where there weren’t any trail markers. We figured they might be looking at something interesting so we parked nearby and scrambled up a steep hill where it looked like others had hiked.

It lead right to the Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A, which we hiked in 2015. So Incinerator Ridge Trail it is!

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Can you see downtown Tucson and Sentinel Peak?

View of downtown Tucson and A-Mountain Sentinel Peak from Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Here’s the close up. And right next to it is Tucson’s most popular fitness hike: Tumamoc

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
TORCA Tucson, Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
View of Catalina Highway from Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Catalina Highway, such a pretty scenic byway.

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
A very resilient cacti.

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
We hiked down to the San Pedro Vista before we huffed and puffed our way back up.

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/

Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/
Hiking Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/incinerator-ridge-mount-lemmon/

To access the Incinerator Ridge Trail, we recommend going to the trailhead where there are very pretty views. Take Incinerator Ridge Road and drive the dirt trail to the small “parking lot” and hike down along the ridge to the San Pedro Vista.

Incinerator Ridge Trail #18A to San Pedro Vista Overview

  • Coordinates: 32.41173163 -110.70523605
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Moderately
  • Usage: Light
  • Length: 3.26 Miles Out & Back
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • Camera info: Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 2.8L II, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro
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