Horseshoe Pass

Portal, Arizona 85632

Horseshoe Pass

Horseshoe Pass Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike from the South Fork Picnic Area to Horseshoe Pass, 4.8 miles.

This trail makes a fantastic day trip from the South Fork Cave Creek Picnic Area, offering outstanding views of the stone towers above the Cave Creek basin. The trail begins in rich bottomland forest below soaring towers of multicolored rhyolite. Mountain trees such as Chihuahua and ponderosa pines and evergreen oaks mix with water-loving trees such as cypresses and sycamores. As the path gradually ascends the valley, bigtooth maples become prevalent. A scattering of yuccas reminds the traveler that the Chiricahuas are a desert range."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,395 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
USGS Portal Peak; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains Unit
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Nov 2018