Swift Trail

Safford, Arizona

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This easy trail is paved for two-thirds of its length and the remainder is a well-graded gravel road, making it a pleasant trail for those in passenger vehicles or anyone wanting to experience some cooler mountain temperatures and spectacular scenery. Almost immediately the paved road starts to climb, switchbacking its way up into the Pinaleño Mountains. The creosote bush, mesquite, and cactus desert plains are quickly left behind, as the road passes through the pinyon pine, alligator juniper, and desert oak of the slightly higher elevations. Special Attractions: Fire lookout tower; Popular backcountry camping at the sawmill; Access to many hiking trails. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This easy trail is paved for two-thirds of its length and the remainder is a well-graded gravel road, making it a pleasant trail for those in passenger vehicles or anyone wanting to experience some cooler mountain temperatures and spectacular scenery. Almost immediately the paved road starts to climb, switchbacking its way up into the Pinaleño Mountains. The creosote bush, mesquite, and cactus desert plains are quickly left behind, as the road passes through the pinyon pine, alligator juniper, and desert oak of the slightly higher elevations.

Special Attractions: Fire lookout tower; Popular backcountry camping at the sawmill; Access to many hiking trails. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 32.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: April 15 to November 15
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 9,500 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Artesia, Mt. Graham, Stockton Pass, Webb Peak, Safford; BLM Safford; USFS Coronado National Forest, Safford & Santa Catalina Ranger Districts
Topo Map: Swift Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backcountry Adventures: Arizona Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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