Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Heartbreak Ridge Trail

Length: 0.7 miles
Hiking Time: 0.3 hours
Highest point: 8240 feet
Lowest point: 7800 feet
Trail goes uphill

After the signed junction with the Switchback Trail the Heartbreak Ridge Trail climbs gently up a slope through Ponderosas, heading northwest. After about 5 or 10 minutes the trail levels out and contours along toward the west. Around here there are views of a large rock formation rising up above the trail about a half mile ahead.

The trail climbs again and passes a large rock formation, and pretty soon it reaches a junction with the Fire Loop Trail. At this junction the trail you are on turns into the Fire Loop Trail heading west, and the Fire Loop Trail also goes off to the right, or northeast. There is a sign for the Fire Loop Trail taking off to the right, which reads:

Fire Loop Trail
Heartbreak Ridge Trail (southeast/back the way you came)
Mica Meadow Trail .5 (northeast)
Manning Camp 0.7 (west)
Reef Rock 0.9 (northeast)
Spud Rock Camp Ground 1.3 (southeast/back the way you came)

Continue straight ahead (west). This trail is now the Fire Loop Trail.