|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||7493 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Oracle|
|Official Road Name:||29,29C,4472,4483|
|Management Agency:||Coronado National Forest|
|District:||Santa Catalina Ranger District|
Nestled in the foothills of the north side 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, which increasingly gains altitude until you reach the hair-raising steep hill climb that leads you 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!
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.
Starting Point: Start at the USFS Peppersauce campground.