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Oracle Ridge Trail

This trail follows the spine of Oracle Ridge from the intersection of Oracle Control Road and the Catalina Highway near Summerhaven all the way to the town of Oracle, nestled against the northernmost spur of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It's 12 miles of high-country hiking, sticking very close to the crest of the ridge the whole way. With very little in the way of cover, it leaves the intrepid hiker intimately exposed to Mother Nature's electrical whims. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a mosquito dancing on a Van de Graaff generator, or a mad scientist screaming, "Give my creature life!" this is the place to be on a lively monsoon day.