Bull Pasture - Mount Ajo

Ajo, Arizona

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A day hike to Bull Pasture overlook, 4.1 miles round trip, or wilderness route to Mount Ajo, 5 miles one way. The trail to the Bull Pasture overlook is a fine day loop that features the rugged western wall of the Ajo Mountains. A well-defined and heavily traveled track, it is the closest thing to an established trail found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The route to the summit of Mount Ajo is also a defined path, but is very tricky to follow. It crosses steep and potentially unstable slopes and presents several false paths that could lead a hiker into trouble. Hikers who choose this route should be absolutely confident in their route-finding abilities. Overnight camping is not allowed anywhere in the Estes Canyon drainage, which encompasses both routes. The Ajo Range rears impressive walls of rhyolite and tuff beyond this elevated grassland.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A day hike to Bull Pasture overlook, 4.1 miles round trip, or wilderness route to Mount Ajo, 5 miles one way. The trail to the Bull Pasture overlook is a fine day loop that features the rugged western wall of the Ajo Mountains.

A well-defined and heavily traveled track, it is the closest thing to an established trail found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The route to the summit of Mount Ajo is also a defined path, but is very tricky to follow. It crosses steep and potentially unstable slopes and presents several false paths that could lead a hiker into trouble. Hikers who choose this route should be absolutely confident in their route-finding abilities. Overnight camping is not allowed anywhere in the Estes Canyon drainage, which encompasses both routes. The Ajo Range rears impressive walls of rhyolite and tuff beyond this elevated grassland.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ajo
Length: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,568 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 4,808 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
Topo Map: Bull Pasture - Mount Ajo Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/1/2001

This trail provides an excellent example of what Organ Pipe Cactus NM has to offer. The climb can be fairly strenuous in some sections but the views are spectacular looking down at the Monument below and Mexico in the distance. Bull Pasture is situated in the middle of the hike and provides an excellent rest/lunch stop. Be sure to leave early if you plan to hike the whole trail as the trip back can be slow due to its rockiness.

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