Youtcy Pasture Trail

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4/5 (3 reviews)
Tucson, Arizona (Pima County)
Last Updated: 05/05/2021

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If you want to experience what a real working cattle ranch is like, the Youtcy Pasture Trail has what you are looking for. There are various cattle tanks alongside the road that are usually full or partially full of water. This brings scores of thirsty cattle into the area, and you are very likely to see many of them on your trip. Other ranching infrastructure will be encountered, including cattle guards, corrals, and water tanks. But this isn't the real reason to run this trail; the white knuckle part is the "Plunge." About 4 miles in, the road makes a sharp descent of about 600' in approximately 3/4 of a mile. The last portion that drops down into the canyon is about 30° of tilt. Your brakes had better be tip-top if you aren't planning to use the engine to slow your descent. Even now, google maps incorrectly designates this road as 'Redington Road,' which is dangerously incorrect. When you are at the trailhead, the grading status of both roads looks similar. The real Redington Road heads north, while the wrong Redington Road (which is actually Youtcy Pasture Tank Trail) heads east. Many unsuspecting google track followers have headed down this road, descended the "Plunge," and have become trapped in the canyon, requiring an expensive recovery. Don't try this in your 2WD low clearance sedan. But do try this in your high clearance 4x4; it's certainly a beautiful scenic area, and the descent into the canyon, a thrilling 4 wheeling challenge.
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