Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Hope Camp/Quilter Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : Thursday, March 11, 2021
where Tucson, Saguaro National Park East
the hike     This is an undulating desert hike along a route less-traveled in the Rincon Mountain foothills below Tanque Verde Ridge. We start on the Hope Camp Trail, passing the old Rondstadt ranch (yes that Rondstadt), then we take the Quilter Trail through an area of unique McDougal cactus, arriving at an overlook of Helen’s Dome, Rincon Peak and Mica Mountain.
    Views are magnificent along the route. The Quilter Trail was constructed 9 years ago as a connector to the Arizona Trail.
distance 12.6 miles
time 7 hours
EC +-2300' elevation change
elevations 3150' at Hope Camp Trailhead, 4500' at viewpoint
type round trip
starting at Loma Alta Trailhead
on trail 100% — Hope Camp and Quilter Trails
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Bring a National Park Pass or Senior Pass, or pay day use fee of $10 per vehicle.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Tucson
meet 7:00 AM in Chandler (depart 7:15), south side of the Kohl’s parking lot, one block south of the 202 San Tan Freeway at the Arizona Avenue exit. (NW corner of Arizona and Willis). Look for the white Toyota Tundra with Colorado plates.
drive
•  We will travel south 11.5 miles from Kohls on Arizona Avenue to I-10.
Arizona Avenue will change from Highway 87 to 587 after approximately 5.5 miles.
Turn left on I-10 and proceed 7.5 miles to pit stop at rest area.
After pit stop, continue South on I-10 to exit 279 (Wentworth/Vail Road).
Go north on Vail Road for 3 miles to intersection with Camino Loma Alta.
Take a left here and follow this road approximately 5.5 miles until it ends at the Loma Alta Trailhead, leading to Hope Camp.

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