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blueBlack Tanque Verde Ridge Trail


11.0 mile 17.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 4,205' 1,282 m
Descent: -1,202' -366 m
High: 7,006' 2,136 m
Low: 3,107' 947 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)


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Trail shared by Yanko Limón

A good trail to Juniper Basin Campground and Tanque Verde Peak. Definitely a must do in the area.

Yanko Limón

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You can take the Tanque Ridge Trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. That distance is about 8.5 miles one way. This trail is steep, and the starting elevation is about 3,000 ft. Tanque Verde Peak is 7,000 ft or so, so you can see that there will be much gain in those 8 miles.

You can also take this trail just to Juniper Basin where there is good designated camping. That distance is about 6.2 miles one way with about 3,500 feet of climbing.

If you'd like to take the trail to it's terminus, you'll find yourself at the Cow Head Saddle, nearly 11 miles in. If you've made it this far, you'll have the option to connect to a variety of other trails, or return the way that you came.

Depending on season, there may be water about half a mile before reaching Juniper Basin Camp. Juniper Basin Camp also may have water. On the way to Tanque Verde Peak, there may be water down in some gullies where you may find potholes. Some parts of the trail may get lost if you don't pay attention, especially if you are not a savvy route finder. Don't lose the cairns. You can use the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you don't get lost.

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Mar 14, 2019
Phillip Jackson
Mar 2, 2019
Kevin Bailey
Easy trail with lots of interpretive signs along the way. 1.1mi
Feb 14, 2019
Adventurous Way
Jan 23, 2019
Lisa M
Absolutely beautiful. The 360 views are awesome! Not as steep as I thought it would be. 5mi
Dec 24, 2018
Stone Patrick
Apr 8, 2018
Jason Marker
First real hike with gear. Hannah, Lauren, dad and me. Left in the late afternoon but it’s was 90 degrees temp. and steep ascent. Had to stop. 2.2mi
Feb 18, 2018
Andrew Ives
Jan 26, 2018
chris kilgore

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