Rice Peak FR 29

/5 (5 reviews)
Oracle, Arizona (Pima County)
Last Updated: 08/31/2021
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Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

0/5 (5 reviews)
Jim Long
Official Crew
15150
Status: Open
Visited: 09/19/2020

The USFS has issued a "Trail Open" memo effective 09/21/2020.
Trail Review: Rice Peak FR 29 - Jim Long
Jim Long
Official Crew
15150
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/12/2020

The Forest Manager, Kerwin Dewberry advised that the forest will be closed until November 2020.

OFFICIAL USFS Closure:
AREA CLOSURE Order Number: # 03-05-05-20-021

AREA CLOSURE MAP Order Number: # 03-05-05-20-021

The bighorn fire has closed the roads up Mount Lemmon. The town of Summerhaven is under a SET to prepare for an evacuation order. (as of 6/15/2020) This fire has grown about 1-2 thousand acres per day and the weather is not doing anything to slow this down. (Hot and windy).
Trail Review: Rice Peak FR 29 - Jim Long
Status: Open
Visited: 08/10/2019

Fun trail with amazing views along the entire trail. I don't have any pictures (battery died). Please write a review and add your pictures. Although Dead Man's Drop is no longer this trail still has a good steep factor to it which i think keeps it difficulty rating. I did not go into 4low but I did not do the last hill accent, there was a group of side-by-sides up top. There are some great camp spots up here.
Jim Long
Official Crew
15150
Status: Open
Visited: 10/08/2017

Ran up here in about an hour each way. The rocks in the middle at waypoint 5 are bulldozed out. There are still some rocks to climb on the left. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective) Wypoint 16, "dead man's drop" is no more. There are large boulder piles on either side of the road marking where once it scared the mighty. Not even a noticeable shelf there now. I have lowered the difficulty on this trail to easy. However, he loose rocky section to the summit required my rear locker to get up. The last 250 yards are easily climbed on foot should you choose to park at the fork, Waypoint 17, before the loose stuff.
Trail Review: Rice Peak FR 29 - Jim Long
Trail Review: Rice Peak FR 29 - Jim Long
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Status: Open
Visited: 08/26/2017

MAJOR update to this trail. I believe due to the fires this summer on Mt Lemmon, most of the obstacles on this trail have been cleared out, I understand why, but as a 4x4er I'm disappointed. Like Dead Man's Drop Obstacle is gone, there's a huge pile off the side of the road where all those rocks were moved to. Also Rocky Outcrop Obstacle was cleared out. The whole trail almost looks like it's graded now. Any obstacle I thought was even the slightest challenge was "fixed" and now any stock vehicle (read no lift and passenger tires) can make it. However the very end to the peak the loose rock climb is still there and is now the only "challenge" on the road, which isn't really a challenge at all. Saw several stock trucks coming down before going up and was like umm..... how did they get up there?!?! Then I learned and am totally disappointed in this trail now.

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