Tortilla Ranch

Total Miles
4.3

Elevation

971.48 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

Short scenic trip to the site of historic Tortilla Ranch, upstream of Tortilla Flat on Tortilla Creek. A nice way to spend a few hours away from the rat race on Apache Trail. The only real obstacle is less than a quarter mile from the start, so you will quickly know if you want to go all the way. Three miles one way, plus a short optional side spur. Combine with Hoss 2.0 to make a longer day. The first portion of the trail is not only the most difficult part, it is by far the bumpiest. The original road was likely smooth, but all the dirt has washed away and you are driving on the ledge. The majority of the run is smoother. Climb the hills above Apache Trail and the road flattens out with nice scenery in all directions. This part of the trail is not very close to Tortilla Creek. Pass through a saddle then begin to descend into Tortilla Creek. You can see the wide, somewhat flatter, spot that was the center of Tortilla Ranch. The Woodbury Fire burned the area in the summer of 2019. The fire was fairly light in many areas and a few spots were left unburned. We were surprised how much was still green. The road going in occasionally acted as a fire line. The ranch area burned but the brush was quickly resprouting. Steps and cistern are farther from the road and will be harder to find as the area revegetates.

Difficulty

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to 18" deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 2 feet, including ledges and short, steep grades.

Technical Rating

5