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 100 of 100.

Displaying trails 81 to 100 of 100.

A day hike through the Senita Basin, 2.8 miles round-trip. Note: At the time of printing (2013), this trail was closed. Please stop at the Kris Eggle Visitor Center for current conditions. The trail leaves the northeast corner of the picnic area and bears east-northeast along a wash studded with overgrown mesquite, ironwood, and palo verde. Look for clumps of desert mistletoe among the branches of the larger shrubs.
Ajo, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
A backpack from the Gila Valley to the Ash Creek Trail, 8.4 miles one way. This route follows old jeep trails into the northern end of the Pinaleños. It begins on a primitive road that winds upward across rounded bajadas around the mountains. Creosote bush and mesquite gradually give way to prickly pear cactus as the track gains altitude. The massive inner peaks of the Pinaleños are reflected in the north by the distant Blue Mountains. At the national forest boundary, the road becomes a rocky jeep trail that makes its way to the edge of a steep drop-off overlooking Shingle Mill Canyon.
Pima, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
A day hike up Skeleton Canyon in the Peloncillo Mountains, 3.4 miles one way. This trek follows an active jeep trail deep into the Peloncillo Mountains. It follows Skeleton Canyon, which has been an important travel route through the range since pre-Columbian times. According to legend, a band of travelers was waylaid and massacred in the canyon in the late 1800s; coins and human bones turned up in the wash for years after the event.
Douglas, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
A long day hike or backpack from the Cave Creek basin to the Chiricahua Crest trail, 6.0 miles. This trip combines the Herb Martyr and Snowshed Trails, linking the Cave Creek basin with an eastern lobe of the Chiricahua Crest Trail. There are good camping spots at Pine Park; backpackers looking for a tent site along Chiricahua Crest will have to venture some distance from the end of this trail to find unburned-country. The upper part of this route was heavily burned in 1994, and the trail had began to erode by the following fall. Check with the district ranger station for current trail conditions.
Portal, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6
A day loop in the bottomlands of Sonoita Creek, 1.6 miles round-trip. This loop trail follows an old railroad bed while traversing floodplain and riparian habitat that is well known for its diverse birdlife. The preserve is home to the gray hawk and green kingfisher, among other rare species. Although it is located on the outskirts of the town of Patagonia, this nature preserve has retained much of its wild character and represents one of the few surviving riparian ecosystems in the Arizona lowlands. The preserve is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An entry fee is required
Patagonia, AZ - Birding,Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.6
A long day hike or backpack from South Fork Picnic Area to the Chiricahua Crest trail, 6.8 miles one way. This popular trail is easy to follow as it runs along the South Fork but becomes increasingly tricky to find as it climbs toward its junction with the Chiricahua Crest Trail. The last several miles cross heavily burned country where the trailbed was damaged by heavy erosion in the wake of the 1994 fire. The lower canyon is noted for its diversity of both plants and birds, including the rare elegant trogon and the blue-throated hummingbird. The canyon provides spectacular displays of fall color in late October.
Portal, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
A short day hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, 0.9 mile one way. This trail makes a brief climb to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, where a fire lookout commands views encompassing Chiricahua National Monument. The path starts out by traversing across the northern slope of Sugarloaf Mountain, which looks out over the clustered pinnacles of Bonita Canyon. After passing through a man-made tunnel, the grade steepens a bit.
Willcox, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
A backpack along a primitive trail at the crest of the Galiuro Mountains, 9.2 miles one way. This route climbs to the eastern crest of the Galiuros, then runs north on a primitive and poorly maintained trail to reach Sunset Peak. The trail along the crest is extremely brushy for several miles north from the Bassett Peak junction, and route finding is difficult in places. Wear long pants and sleeves to avoid nature’s strongest exfoliant. Rewards include lots of solitude, an abundance of hawks and other raptors, and vast views of one of Arizona’s more remote quarters.
Bonita, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
A wilderness route to a low pass through the Ajo Mountains, 3.5 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 crosses the broad basin that separates Diaz Spire from the northern marches of the Ajo Mountains. Sweetwater Pass was once an important route for Tohono O’odham Indians, who used it to travel west into the Valley of the Ajo to gather the fruits of the organ pipe cactus. Long before their time, bands of Archaic peoples hunted and gathered in the basin to the west of the pass. Keep an eye out for signs of ancient Indian culture.
Ajo, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
A wilderness route along a permanent stream that penetrates the Pajarita Mountains, 5.8 miles one way. This wilderness route follows Sycamore Canyon downstream into the heart of the Pajarita Wilderness. It involves travel along gravel bars and frequent crossings of a permanent stream. A little rock scrambling may be required in some tight spots for travelers who want to keep their feet dry; this route does place a premium on agility. Clumsier hikers need not worry, however. They can always slog through the water when the going gets tricky.
Nogales, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
A half-day hike to pools and waterfalls in Tanque Verde Canyon, 0.8 mile one way. This short trail visits pools and waterfalls along Tanque Verde Creek that are a favorite swimming and sunbathing spot for locals. From its hilltop origins, the trail descends through a diverse cactus forest that robes the hillsides on either side of Tanque Verde Creek. After a leisurely and zigzagging descent, it reaches the canyon floor.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
A backpack from the Javelina Picnic Area to Manning Camp, 16.2 miles one way. This trail offers a long, arid journey along the spine of Tanque Verde Ridge, which projects westward from the main mass of the Rincon Mountains. Views are sweeping along the entire route, and wildlife may be encountered at any time. Camping is allowed in designated sites in Juniper Basin and at Manning Camp at trail’s end. Backpackers who wish to stay overnight between these two areas can drop from Cow Head Saddle to either Douglas Spring, to the north, or Grass Shack Spring, to the south.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 16.2
A network of trails atop Mica Mountain, accessible after a full day of backpacking. This network of well-maintained trails provides a spectrum of loop hikes atop the highest peak in the Rincon Mountains. The shortest access route is via the Turkey Creek Trail. The Douglas Spring, Tanque Verde Ridge, and Heartbreak Ridge Trails provide longer but more scenic routes. All these trails are sufficiently long to ensure that travelers who visit the Mica Mountain complex will have to plan an overnight trip. Trails included in this guide are: Fire Loop Trail, Mica Mountain Trail, Spud Rock Trail, Mica Meadow Trail, Bonita Trail, North Slope Trail, Cow Head Saddle Trail, Devil’s Bathtub Trail, Heartbreak Ridge Trail, East Slope Trail, Switchback Trail, and Deer Head Spring Trail.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length:
A backpack to a historic ranch in the northern Galiuro Mountains, 8.3 miles one way. The trek begins at a marked trailhead near the horse corrals just beyond the Deer Creek administrative site. Pass through the corrals (be sure to close the gates behind you) and follow the rocky path that climbs to the Deer Creek–Oak Creek divide. There is a marked junction here; the East Divide Trail takes off to the left, while the trail to Powers Garden runs straight ahead through a gate. The path is well worn as it descends into the rolling Oak Creek basin, but it nonetheless can be a bit tricky to follow.
Bonita, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
A day hike or a short backpack loop through the Tule Mountains, 7.4 miles round-trip. This largely off-trail route runs a circuit around a major ridge in the Tule Mountains, visiting a hidden valley near the Mexican border. The trek begins on a closed jeep road that runs eastward with rectilinear precision across a barren flat. An occasional ocotillo greets the eye weary of desert shrubs, and a granite ridge looms ominously to the south.
Why, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
A backpack from Happy Valley to the Deer Head Spring trail, 6.2 miles one way. This trail climbs the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains, providing the shortest route to Manning Camp and the Mica Mountain complex. It is the only trail open to horses that provides access from the eastern side of the range. The entire length of the trail was burned during the Rincon Mountain Fire of 1994, and the vegetation is now recovering. The trail is easy to follow for most of its length, but it’s tricky to locate near the top as it passes through lightly burned country.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.2
A day hike through Ventana Canyon, 5.1 miles one-way. This trail begins on private lands at the edge of Tucson, and hikers should get permission by calling (520) 299-4372 before using the trailhead. The trail is quite popular with locals and has heavy traffic to Maiden Pools and often as far as Window Rock. From the Canyon View complex, the trail runs northward, across the level uplands that lead to Ventana Canyon. Soon after entering the canyon, the path goes beyond the national forest boundary and enters the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
A day hike to two historic mine sites, 1.9 miles one way to Victoria Mine; 3.8 miles one way to Lost Cabin Mine. This short trail runs from the auto campground to several historic mining ruins along the Sonoyta Mountains; the area beyond trail’s end at the Victoria Mine was administratively closed as of this edition’s publication. From the southern end of the Campground Loop Trail, the well-marked Victoria Mine route angles to the west.
Ajo, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9-3.8
A day hike or backpack into the Wilderness of Rock, 5.0 miles one way. This route accesses a very popular area of pine forests and striking granite formations. The Wilderness of Rock receives particularly heavy visitor use from late spring through early fall, and travelers should make an extra effort to ensure that they leave the area unscarred by their passage. The rugged nature of the country makes it hard to find a level campsite, and campers should be especially careful to conceal their tents from passersby.
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5
A day hike through Tucson Mountain Regional Park, 6.7 miles one way. This trail makes a long semiloop into the heart of Tucson Mountain Park. From the Gates Pass Trailhead, the track climbs gently southeast toward the low saddle behind Golden Gate Mountain. Jagged peaks rise all around, their reddish beds of volcanic rhyolite reaching to craggy heights above older and more crumbly beds of metamorphic stone. The low country is vegetated in a rich bajada community that features saguaro and cholla cacti, ocotillo, and palo verde.
Tucson, AZ - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.7