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 60 of 100.

Displaying trails 41 to 60 of 100.

A day hike from the end of a jeep road to the summit of Huachuca Peak, 2.1 miles one way. This short but strenuous route climbs to the summit of Huachuca Peak for excellent views of the Whetstone Mountains and the surrounding lowland basins. The route lies within the bounds of Fort Huachuca, so all hikers will need a visitor permit. The road to the trailhead is a jeep track that is completely impassable at its upper end; visitors should plan on hiking at least part of this road. The trail begins by climbing through the rocky cleft that is the head of McClure Canyon.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
A day hike to the summit of Wasson Peak, 4.9 miles one way. This trail is the premier hiking route in the Tucson Mountain Unit of Saguaro National Park. The trail begins by climbing up a small canyon studded with outcrops of granite and tall saguaros. Early views across the broad basin of the Avra Valley highlight the Roskruge, Waterman, and Silver Bell Ranges as well as the loftier Santa Rosa Mountains beyond them. Upon cresting the ridgetop, the trail encounters a craggy summit.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
A day hike along Johns Canyon Ridge, 6.8 miles one way. This little-used trail makes a nice day trip in the northern end of the Pinaleño Mountains. Parties that have two vehicles can leave one at the mouth of Johns Canyon and drive the other one to the top of the grade, thus avoiding uphill hiking entirely. Begin on the Blue Jay Ridge Trail, a two-rut jeep trail departing from FR 286 near the summit of West Peak. This jeep track passes immediately through a cut in the hillside, whereupon a path marked by cairns drops downslope to the right. This is the Johns Canyon Trail; it switchbacks down the slope, passing through country that was heavily burned in 1973.
Pima, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
A day hike around Johnson Peak; 6.0 miles round-trip. This hike combines the Morse Canyon and Pole Bridge Canyon Trails to form a semiloop that takes in nice views of the western Chiricahuas. The loop makes a circuit of Johnson Peak, one of the few accessible peaks spared by the fire of 1994. The trek begins with an ascent of Morse Canyon, a steep-sided valley clothed in a magnificent forest of mature ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. A steady, zigzagging ascent leads to a lofty saddle at the foot of Johnson Peak, where the trail reaches a marked junction.
Sunizona, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
A day hike to the top of Wasson Peak, 3.5 miles one way. This route begins in Tucson Mountain Park but quickly enters Saguaro National Park and climbs through the cactus to link up with the Sendero Esperanza and Hugh Norris Trails. The trek begins with a choice—one can follow an old road across the slopes to the south of the wash or follow the streamcourse itself. The streamcourse of King Canyon provides easy walking across a level gravel surface occasionally interrupted by low stairsteps of emergent bedrock.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
A day hike from Ladybug Pass to the Angle Orchard Road, 6.3 miles one way. This trail, like the nearby peak, is named for an abundance of ladybug beetles, which cluster here in red-and-black masses during late spring. Herpetophiles should note that there is also an amazing abundance of lizards along the route. Like the Arcadia Trail, this route can be accessed at both its upper and lower ends from AZ 366. There is no water along the trail, and there are few flat spots suitable for pitching a tent.
Sonoita, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
Day hike or backpack around Agua Dulce Peak, 9.5 miles round-trip. This route follows closed jeep roads for a loop trip through the Agua Dulce Mountains. It visits a number of abandoned mine sites as it travels through low desert basins filled with cactus scrub. Do not approach the mine shafts closely; they are surrounded by loose rock and may have rotting timbers. The journey begins by following a faint jeep track eastward toward a gap in the mountains.
Ajo, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.5
A day hike or backpack to the Huachuca Crest Trail, 3.9 miles one way. This trail offers hikers an alternate route to Miller Peak and the southern end of the Huachuca Crest Trail. The hike begins with a brief climb to a junction with the Clark Spring Trail. Turn left at the junction. The Miller Canyon Trail traverses hillsides above a private ranch before seeking the wooded floor of the canyon. Beyond the ranch, the trail adopts an old road grade that wanders up the valley in the shade of full-grown oak trees.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
A day hike or backpack from Montezuma Pass to the summit of Miller Peak, 5.3 miles one way. This trek uses the southern leg of the Huachuca Crest Trail, which follows the top of the range, to reach Miller Peak. There are a large number of old mine and prospecting sites along this well-maintained trail, and the sweeping views of the surrounding country never stop. Miller Peak is the highest point in the Huachuca Mountains, and from its summit hikers can get a 360-degree view that encompasses most of south-central Arizona.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
A day hike to the Milton Mine, 1.7 miles one way. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the visitor center for current conditions. This well-defined mining road runs north from the Senita Basin spur road to a mining site on the eastern edge of La Abra Plain. It first traverses a rolling desert of arid hills. After crossing the first major arroyo, the track wanders amid a complicated maze of hillocks and draws, richly populated with saguaro, cholla, and organ pipe cacti.
Ajo, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
A day hike or backpack from Turkey Creek to the Chiricahua Crest Trail, 4.5 miles one way. This trail offers the most direct route from the Turkey Creek basin to Chiricahua Crest. It climbs a bare ridgetop that offers good views in all directions. Because the route has southern exposure and lacks shade, the best time to hike it is early morning, before the sun gets high in the sky. There is no water along the trail, and the nearest water source along the Crest Trail is upper Cima Creek below Cima Saddle.
Sunizona, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9
A day hike along Finger Rock Canyon to the summit of Mount Kimball, 5.1 miles one way. This trail climbs to a high summit on Pusch Ridge, offering views of Finger Rock and a breathtaking overlook along the way. The trail begins by following the Finger Rock Trail northward through tall saguaros and prickly pears. The broken foothills soon give way to the steep cleft of Finger Rock Canyon, with the sheer walls of Prominent Point towering above it. Finger Rock points skyward atop the wall, one of the most distinctive landmarks in the Santa Catalinas. The trail crosses the stream-course at Finger Rock Spring and then begins a steep and rocky ascent of the eastern wall of the canyon.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
A backpack from the top of Mount Lemmon to Romero Pass, 6.3 miles one way. This trail drops from the heights of Mount Lemmon all the way down to the divide between Romero Canyon and the west fork of Sabino Canyon. It meets the Sutherland and Wilderness of Rock Trails along the way, allowing short loop trips or extended hikes that end in Catalina State Park, below the western slope of the range. The trail’s end allows access into Romero Canyon and the Sabino Basin, offering further possibilities for backpackers.
Mount Lemmon, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
A long day hike or backpack to the summit of the tallest peak in the Santa Rita Range, 8.1 miles one way. The Super Trail was built in 1966 to supplant the Old Baldy Trail, a steep and erosion-prone route to the summit of Mount Wrightson. The new grade is so gentle and well cleared that forest service officials recommend it as a nice sunset trail or moonlight hike during a full moon. This trail is also unique in that it offers one of the few treks above 8,000 feet that is generally passable year-round.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1
A day hike to an overlook of Natural Bridge, 2.4 miles one way. This rewarding trail penetrates a hidden corner of Chiricahua National Monument to reach a small stone bridge weathered out of bedrock by centuries of erosion. The path climbs at a steady clip, topping out on a high plateau where piñon pine and alligator juniper rise above a chaparral community of manzanita, bear grass, and yucca. Two buttes faced with cliffs and spires rise ahead as the trail runs westward, and the tawny grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley stretch away beyond them.
Willcox, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
A backpack along the spine of Oracle Ridge, 13.2 miles one way. This trail follows the crest of a long ridge that extends northward from the Santa Catalina Range. The ridge offers sweeping views of the Galiuro Mountains and the San Pedro Valley over much of its length, as well as views of the closer peaks of the Santa Catalinas, highlighted by the Reef of Rock. There are no water sources along the ridgetop, although travelers can drop from the ridgeline to reach several springs that may hold water.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.2
A long day hike or backpack up the western slope of the Huachuca Mountains, 6.7 miles round-trip. This trek combines the Oversite and Ida Canyon Trails with a short section of the Huachuca Crest Trail to form a loop. The grade is gentler and the trail is easier to find when the loop is approached in a clockwise direction, as described here. The hike traverses the steep country on the western side of the Huachucas, and level tent spots are hard to find along the route. Bear Spring occupies a level bench; it represents the best destination for backpackers.
Sierra Vista, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.7
A backpack from Organization Ridge Road to the Sabino Basin, 6.2 miles one way. This trail starts near the Palisades Ranger Station and runs down the ridgetops to end in the East Fork of Sabino Canyon. It initially passes through pine forest, then descends through oak woodlands, and ends up in arid grasslands sprinkled with ocotillos. The path is well beaten for its entire length; Mud Spring no longer offers a reliable water source along the way. The scenery features Pine Canyon along the middle part of the route, and near its end is a rocky bluff that commands a panoramic view of the Sabino Basin.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
A day hike or backpack up Pima Canyon to Mount Kimball, 7.6 miles one way. This trail runs up an easily accessible canyon on the outskirts of Tucson. The trail can be used for a short day hike into the lower reaches of the canyon or can be linked to the Mount Kimball Trail for longer backpacks in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Much of the trail tread is naked bedrock and jumbled boulders, and the footing is especially slippery in wet weather. It is not recommended for young children or hikers with weak joints. Backpackers will have a hard time finding level ground to pitch a tent within the canyon, and it is hard to find a good site away from the trail.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
A short, off-trail day hike to the top of a cinder cone in the Pinacate Lava Flow, 1.0 mile one way. This route leads to a spectacular overlook atop the heights of the Pinacate Lava Flow. The route begins by crossing sandy flats where even the few creosote bushes look sickly. The route leads past the east face of a small, rounded butte and heads for the southeast face of the larger one that rises beyond.
Why, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1