Hiking Arizonaand39;s Cactus Country-Third Edition  by Erik Molvar

Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition Guide Book

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Arizonaand39;s Cactus Country-Third Edition  by Erik Molvar
Rigorously updated, this third edition features hikes in Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe National Monument, the Chiricahua Mountains, and the Sky Islands of Coronado National Forest, as well as a section for the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. This indispensable guide provides day hikers and long-distance backpackers alike opportuinities to explore Arizona’s expansive landscapes.

© 2013 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 40 of 100.

Displaying trails 21 to 40 of 100.

A long day hike or backpack around the Cipriano Hills, 13.5 miles round-trip. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the visitor center for current conditions. The Cipriano Hills are a collection of rounded, volcanic summits that rise at the edge of the Growler Valley. This route makes a circuit around the base of the hills, traveling along flats of creosote bush and cactus. This area offers one of the best opportunities for solitude and deep-desert hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Ajo, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.5
A short day hike along the eastern edge of the Huachucas, 1.7 miles one way. This short trail makes a pleasant day hike along the eastern edge of the Huachuca Mountains. It begins by jogging westward for a short distance to a junction with the Miller Canyon Trail. Turn right at the intersection as the Clark Spring Trail begins a modest climb through a loose-knit woodland of live oak.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
A day hike into the Dragoon Mountains, 4.5 miles one way. The hike begins on an interpretive nature trail; follow the left fork for quickest access to the Cochise Stronghold Trail. A path leaves the nature loop to cross the wash of East Stronghold Canyon and then climbs the opposite bank to link up with an equestrian trail arriving from the north. Turn right at this junction. Follow the wash southward through a woodland of oak and juniper. Early on there are good views of the massive granite slabs that form the backbone of the stronghold, but these spires soon disappear behind rounded foothills.
Sunsites, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
A day hike along an arid ridgetop in the southern Huachucas, 3.1 miles one way. These two trails offer day hiking opportunities along a hogback known as Smuggler’s Ridge, which runs along the Mexican border in the southern foothills of the Huachucas. Both trails begin as one from a trailhead on Montezuma Pass. The short Coronado Peak spur soon splits away to the right, ascending the rounded summit to the south. Interpretive plaques line the path en route to the summit, describing various aspects of the Coronado expedition.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
A backpack from Deer Creek to the Rattlesnake Creek route, 8.7 miles one way. This route runs to the crest of the east divide near Kennedy Peak, then drops down Corral Canyon to reach the upper reaches of Rattlesnake Creek. After following a closed road to Deer Creek Cabin, the trek begins with a stony 0.4-mile climb across grassy slopes to reach the divide above Oak Creek. Turn left at the ridgetop signpost and follow the East Divide Trail southward along the rounded ridgetop. There are fine views of the buttes that guard the eastern approaches to the range; the rolling savannas of the Oak Creek basin stretch away toward China Peak.
Bonita, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.7
A day hike to a mountaintop in the Santa Teresa Mountains, 3.5 miles one way. The trail splits early in the ascent; hikers can select either track because they come together again 50 yards uphill. The path then makes a beeline up the slope, followed by numerous switchbacks as the mountainside steepens. The trail tops out on the crest of the ridge amid a once and future forest of ponderosa and Chihuahua pines that has received a temporary setback by the fire. The burn spared few of the trees, and grasses are beginning to take advantage of the newly available sunlight to create temporary meadows among the snags. For better views, follow the trail northward along a spur ridge.
Safford, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
A primitive route from Palisade Ranger Station to Davis Spring, 9.4 miles one way. This very primitive trail runs from the crest of the Santa Catalinas into the cactus-filled canyons of the eastern foothills. Cairns and flagging mark the route from the Butterfly Trail to Edgar Canyon; beyond this point, it is poorly marked and often quite faint.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
A backpack from the national park boundary to the Chimenea Canyon Trail, 10.2 miles one way. This trail follows the northern border of Saguaro National Park, climbing steadily through the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. It begins in a typical Sonoran Desert community of mixed cactus and desert scrub, climbs through high-desert grasslands, and winds up in oak-pine woodlands at Cow Head Saddle. Here it links up with the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail, which backpackers can follow all the way to Manning Camp on the Mica Mountain massif. Alternately, travelers might choose to drop down into Chimenea Canyon to camp at Grass Shack Spring or head west to camp at Juniper Basin.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
A short day hike to a mine site in the northern Puerto Blancos, 1.3 miles one way. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the visitor center for current conditions. This route follows a faint wagon track deep into the most rugged corner of the Puerto Blanco Mountains. It begins by curving around a sheer promontory of volcanic rock that is resplendent in red and ocher. The path then ascends a dry valley, where cacti grow only sparsely. A dusky peak of grayish andesite sits at the head of this basin.
Ajo, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
A day hike or backpack along a primitive route from Ladybug Pass to Dutch Henry Well, 7.5 miles one way. This trail provides a long and often steep descent from Ladybug Saddle to the bajadas, or alluvial slopes, at the southeastern edge of the Pinaleño Mountains. The trail is quite difficult to follow beyond the Bear Canyon Trail junction and is more of a route than a trail as it descends Dutch Henry Canyon, but cairns and splotches of orange paint on the rock mark the route. The lower trailhead is very hard to find and requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle with wide tires that can negotiate the sandbars of Stockton Wash.
Sonoita, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
A backpack from the Cactus Picnic Area to Window Rock (8.5 miles one way) that intersects the Finger Rock and Ventana Canyon Trails at the 9.7-mile mark. This trail climbs into the outer cordillera of the Santa Catalina Mountains, passing scenic landmarks that include Bridalveil Falls and Window Rock. From the Cactus Picnic Area, this trail runs northwest into the low foothills of the Santa Catalinas. After a short distance the path drops into the broad mouth of Rattlesnake Canyon. This basin is home to some of the most vigorous stands of saguaro in the range.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
A backpack to the crest of the Santa Rita Mountains, 7.4 miles one way. From its beginnings at the north end of the range, the Florida Canyon Trail climbs aggressively to reach the crest of the Santa Ritas. Florida (floh-REE-duh) Canyon is Spanish for “flowered.” An optional trek along the Santa Rita Crest Trail leads to Baldy Saddle, providing an alternate route to the summit of Mount Wrightson. The route up Florida Canyon has northern exposure, and its final pitch is shaded by climax coniferous forest. As a result, this trail offers one of the cooler routes to the high country at the top of the Santa Ritas.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
A long day hike or a backpack in the northern Ajo Mountains, 6.2 miles round-trip. This wilderness route offers a long loop trip from Alamo Canyon Campground. It crosses cactus-rich bajada slopes that offer sweeping views of the valley and then penetrates the northern end of the Ajo Range to take in some of the most striking mountain scenery in the monument. There is no trail, and the route is easiest to follow when approached from a clockwise direction. Remember that permits are required for backcountry camping and can be obtained at the visitor center.
Ajo, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
A day hike from San Pedro Vista to General Hitchcock Campground, 3.7 miles one way. This trail offers a pleasant day hike that loops away from the Catalina Highway and then returns to it at a much lower point. It traverses secluded country with frequent views to the east. A large number of spur trails depart on an eastward heading, offering the possibility of side trips or longer loops incorporating a portion of the Brush Corrals Trail. The habitat here is predominantly mixed pine-oak woodland, with conifers in the cooler sites and oaks prevailing on drier slopes.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
A day hike or backpack from the Cave Creek basin to the Chiricahua Crest Trail, 5.6 miles one way. This trail provides a brief but vigorous climb to the crest of the Chiricahua Range from the Cave Creek basin. Along the way it visits Winn Falls, a towering cataract that spills year-round over the brink of a cliff. There are also scenic views of Portal Peak from the lower slopes of the grade, which burned in 1994. The upper basin remained untouched during the blaze and still offers a taste of the virgin forest that once prevailed in the higher parts of the range. The Greenhouse Trail links up with the Chiricahua Crest Trail at Cima Saddle.
Portal, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
A day loop through the head of Rhyolite Canyon, 8.4 miles round trip. This popular route makes a long day loop, visiting the most spectacular rock formations in Chiricahua National Monument. These formations were once a giant bed of superheated ash spewed forth from a caldera in the heart of the Chiricahua Mountains about 25 million years ago. The ash solidified into a rock called “welded tuff” as it cooled, with bands of varying widths marking different eruptions. From the Echo Canyon Trailhead, follow a marked footpath east toward Massai Point. This area was named for the Apache warrior Bigfoot Massai, who escaped from an Oklahoma reservation by jumping a train in Kansas.
Willcox, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
This is a backpack from Happy Valley to Manning Camp, 10.3 miles one way. This trek combines the Miller Creek Trail with a well-worn path running along Heartbreak Ridge. The route passes Happy Valley Lookout along the way and ends by connecting with the Mica Mountain complex of trails. It provides a rather long but scenic route for travelers who are destined for Manning Camp. There is no water along the route, but there are several fairly dependable springs a short distance away from the trail as it enters the Mica Mountain complex; Manning Camp, at trail’s end, has a permanent supply of water.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.3
A wilderness route into the Little Rincon Mountains, 3.0 miles one way. This wilderness route has no defined path and requires travelers to use map and compass skills to navigate a rocky valley floor. It penetrates the Little Rincon Mountains, an arid and remote range composed of granite that has weathered into rock formations of all sizes and descriptions. The entire route lies on national forestlands, but its starting point is not marked in any way.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
A day hike through the hills south of Tanque Verde Ridge, 2.8 miles one way. This hike follows an old road through some of the newly acquired lands at the south end of Saguaro National Park. Although it lacks spectacular scenery, this area receives few visitors and offers a good chance to find some solitude among the cacti. The route wanders past several cow camps that hark back to the glory days of cowboying and visits dense stands of saguaro. The camps mentioned here are old cow camps, where dilapidated windmills and concrete water troughs are all that remain. Camping is not allowed in this part of the park.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
A day hike from the South Fork Picnic Area to Horseshoe Pass, 4.8 miles. This trail makes a fantastic day trip from the South Fork Cave Creek Picnic Area, offering outstanding views of the stone towers above the Cave Creek basin. The trail begins in rich bottomland forest below soaring towers of multicolored rhyolite. Mountain trees such as Chihuahua and ponderosa pines and evergreen oaks mix with water-loving trees such as cypresses and sycamores. As the path gradually ascends the valley, bigtooth maples become prevalent. A scattering of yuccas reminds the traveler that the Chiricahuas are a desert range.
Portal, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8