Mule Mountains Trail

Bisbee, Arizona

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This short trail is a perfect accompaniment to a trip to Bisbee, giving a bird’s-eye view over the town as well as over the lightly vegetated Mule Mountains. The trail leaves from the top of the Mule Tunnel, following along the line of the old road to Mule Pass. At the top of the pass there is a marker to the road constructed by prison labor in 1913. From the divide, the road climbs steeply up into the Mule Mountains. The standard is good. There are a few houses up the road, so although it is steep, it is well constructed and roughly graded. As the road climbs, Bisbee appears nestled in Tombstone Canyon. The Escabrosa Ridge is seen off to the west. Special Attractions: Trail passes close to the site of Camp Rucker army post; Trail down a wide, scenic valley; Access to many backcountry campsites and hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This short trail is a perfect accompaniment to a trip to Bisbee, giving a bird’s-eye view over the town as well as over the lightly vegetated Mule Mountains. The trail leaves from the top of the Mule Tunnel, following along the line of the old road to Mule Pass. At the top of the pass there is a marker to the road constructed by prison labor in 1913. From the divide, the road climbs steeply up into the Mule Mountains. The standard is good. There are a few houses up the road, so although it is steep, it is well constructed and roughly graded. As the road climbs, Bisbee appears nestled in Tombstone Canyon. The Escabrosa Ridge is seen off to the west.

Special Attractions: Trail passes close to the site of Camp Rucker army post; Trail down a wide, scenic valley; Access to many backcountry campsites and hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bisbee
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,800 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Maps: USGS Bisbee, Douglas; BLM Douglas
Driving Directions: Directions to Mule Mountains Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/16/2015
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This trail is indeed right outside of Bisbee. What a great little trail. Steep and rocky near the end, but navigable in a good off road 4wd vehicle. 2wd could make it part way up, but it gets really steep and rocky at the top/end. The views are fantastic!! Yes, there are some houses up there with people living in them. Be respectful of their mountain community, ok? Nice little run before going into Bisbee for the day.



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