Tortolita Mountain Loop
2700 - 4100 ft.
Total gain: 3000 ft.
Trailhead: Meet at Wild Burro TH, located at the Ritz Carlton Resort. North 4.5 miles on Dove Mountain from Tangerine; right at roundabout & through resort gate (mention you are going to the trailhead), then drive on until you see the trailhead sign on the right.
Route: Follow trail up wash (left) 0.5 miles to the main trail junction. Take a sharp right to Alamo Spring Trail – lots of rocky climbing. Follow Alamo Springs Trail along ridge top until come to the Ridgeline Trail (turn right). Ridgeline Trail turns into Loop Trail, keep going until you hit Wild Burro Trail (to the left) After 2.4 miles on Wild Burro, take a right onto Wild Mustang Trail. The next several miles are on Wild Mustang Trail. Pass through two fence gates, up and along ridge. After 3.5 miles, you will pass a trail to Cochie Spring leading off to the right. After another 0.4 miles miles, you will come to a junction with signs that point both right and left to Upper Javelina Trail, GO LEFT. After 0.2 miles on Upper Javelina, a trail to the right leads to the hotel, STAY LEFT to stay on Upper Javelina. After another 0.7 miles, you will hit Wild Burro Trail again, turn right and go 0.1 miles back to the main trail junction Follow Wild Burro Trail back to the car park (0.5 miles). Note: you will have to turn right to get back to the trailhead after 0.5 miles – if you go straight, you will end up on Dove Mountain Blvd after 1.0 miles.
Wild Burro Trail to Alamo Springs (0.5 miles)
Alamo Springs to Ridgeline Trail (3.4 miles)
Ridgeline to Loop Trail (3.1 miles)
Loop to Wild Burro Trail (1.7 miles)
Wild Burro Trail to Wild Mustang Trail (2.4 miles)
Wild Mustang to Upper Javelina Trail (3.9 miles)
Upper Javelina to Wild Burro Trail (0.9 miles)
Wild Burro back to trailhead (0.6 miles)