Rice Peak FR 29

Oracle, Arizona (Pima County)

Last Updated: 08/31/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.29 miles
Highest Elevation: 7493 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Oracle
Nearest Town w/ Services: Oracle
Official Road Name: 29, 29C, 4472, 4483
Management Agency: Coronado National Forest
District: Santa Catalina Ranger District


Highlight: Rice Peak FR 29
Nestled in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains is one of the truly outstanding and challenging trails near Tucson. The trail begins in a lush riparian area and slowly climbs up and out of the canyon onto a ridge, increasing altitude until you reach the hair-raising steep hill climb leading to the summit. The serious obstacles have been removed by trail maintenance, rendering the trail less challenging. You should be able to complete this trail in under two hours. If you love Arizona scenery and don't mind a little effort to get to it, this is the trail for you!


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1. Rice Peak Trailhead (0 mi)
Directly across the road from Peppersauce Campground is the start of the Rice Peak trail. The sign says RICE PEAK 7, but that's incorrect. The trail is 5.4 miles long from here to the tip of the peak.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Oracle, Arizona

Start at the Mount Lemmon Control Road Trail. You will begin your Rice peak Journey at Waypoint 7, 9.7 Miles from the start of that trail. The Rice Peak trail starts immediately across the road from the Peppersauce Campground.



Land Use Issues

This trail is currently open and was not directly impacted by the Burro Fire. Map of the Fire Area
Pima County Road Closure Information
Pima County Road Hotline (Recording): 520-547-7510

Trail Reviews (5)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Would this be do able late February? Or still too snowy to run?
–Ross (01/15/2019)
–Jim Long (01/24/2019)
Q: What is the type of dash cam you are using for recording your trips?
–Sean Shifflette (08/26/2018)
–Jim Long (01/24/2019)

Writer Information

Jim Long

Mapping Crew - Arizona

I moved to Arizona in 1984 and bought my first offroad vehicle the next year. I had lots of adventures, seeking out the Old West on paper topo maps in my Toyota FJ40 and can say, fortunately, that I never had to walk home. In 2005 I saw the prototype for the FJ Cruiser, and in the middle of my FJ40 resto project, someone came into my garage with cash and bought it out from under me. (Some regrets) In 2008, I flew out to LA to pick up my FJ Cruiser, special ordered with the Offroad Package (Locker) and MT6. My area of operations has been Southern Arizona, from the New Mexico to California borders. Unfortunately, the FJ Cruiser burned in a fire in August 2020. Now I'm building up from the ashes, literally, salvaged parts from the FJ are going on my Lexus GX470. SO, that's what's coming out next. I have been an active member of AZFJ.org where I'm the top post contributor, and have many trail reviews posted there that I plan on enhancing, revisiting and documenting for this authoritative source. I have a login to Ih8Mud and fjcruiserforums but don't lurk there very much. in my career, I've had the pleasure of traveling in Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia but never had the opportunity to wheel there. (bucket list). But, I hope my 30 years of Southern Arizona discovery, teaching and leading people into the backcountry will finally benefit a wider audience here on Trailsoffroad. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding a historic site, a little-used trail that had significance or the opportunity to take that one photo that defines what we do. (I stink but I'm willing to learn). Oh..Added benefit...I'm the GIS analyst for a fire dept and as such have some skills in ArcGIS.
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