Rice Peak / Caves / Overnight
When: Sat. April 28
Meet up location: 11045 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Join us for either the day or overnight. We will caravan from the QT to the trail head at Peppersauce Campground. Then run Rice Peak trail, the last 1/4 mile can be challenging and will be totally optional. After that we will continue to the Peppersauce cave. Please bring flashlights and be ready to get dirty. Kelly is not going in, James will probably go in. After the caves if you want to camp we will find a campsite, if not you can go home. We have lots of leftover beer from the Darien Gap presentation, so we will bring it to share at the campsite.
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This trail was graded after the fire on Mt. Lemmon. It is starting to wash out again in spots but is fairly easy except the last 500 feet to the top of the peak which is a steep climb and loose rocks.
original writeup: Originally not a difficult trail. With the fires and washouts, it's rating has been upgraded to a 3.5. The last few hundred meters feature loose, thin shale that adds a bit of excitement on the final ascent.