Looking down Incinerator Ridge from Kellogg Mountain. July 2013.
This lovely trail connects the hills and ridges between San Pedro Vista and Mount Bigelow with views into the San Pedro River Valley and across the Santa Catalina Mountains down into Tucson – well worth hiking! And perhaps worth visiting multiple times because – for more experienced hikers, who are comfortable off-trail – this trail offers access to Peak 7954 above Barnum Rock, Leopold Point and Kellogg Mountain.
Out and Back
1,600' Elevation Gain
1,600' Elevation Loss
Highest Elevation: 8,450'
Lowest Elevation: 7,350'
This hike is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to helping form an impressive network of trails up and down the mountain the extension also makes a rather lovely day hike possible – San Pedro Vista to Mount Bigelow!
The mileages and elevations below are approximate (don't expect the values below to match your GPS exactly).
Park at the San Pedro Vista – on the north side of the parking area a trail marker marks the start of the trail.
The trail takes you along a ridge near the highway and then up thru the cliffs in the Barnum Rock area. This hike has a number of opportunities for off-trail hikes/scrambles to nearby destinations – the first good opportunity is Peak 7954 above Barnum Rock, watch the map and look for the best place to head up to this scenic spot if you are interested and comfortable traveling off trail. (I have seen Peak 7954 referred to as Barnum Rock but the elevation and coordinates in GNIS entry for Barnum Rock seem to indicate that the name Barnum Rock is officially applied to the iconic rock formation, not the peak above… Either way a lovely spot!).
At a small saddle an unofficial trail to the right can take you to Leopold Point – another great off-trail destination! (The Leopold Point GNIS entry lists ‘Incinerator Peak’ as a variant name with the citation noting ‘USFS signs’ as the source – also confusing the naming in this area is the older name Peck Basin Overlook – which I believe is also a variant name…)
Continue past the signed junction with the Knagge Trail at a well-used campsite.
Several signs mark your arrival at the Incinerator Ridge Parking Area. The Incinerator Ridge Trail ends here – to continue towards Mount Bigelow cross the road and go thru a parking space onto the Kellogg Trail.
For Mount Bigelow continue straight along the Butterfly Trail to a junction with a dirt road – a right on the road will take you up and around towards several nice views and the Mount Bigelow Butterfly Trailhead
Mount Bigelow is named for John Bigelow, Jr. who served with the 10th Cavalry Regiment in the Arizona territory in the late 1800s.