Hands Pass Trail

Rodeo, Arizona

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This challenging trail skirts below Chiricahua National Monument, traveling over Hands Pass and heading steeply down to join East Whitetail Creek. Although it is an exciting drive, most carefully driven, high-clearance SUVs with good tires can safely navigate the trail. Those driving vehicles with side steps, long overhangs, or low-hanging brush or towbars should think twice. There are several places along the trail where these are a distinct disadvantage and there is a risk of damage. Special Attractions: Views of the jagged rock formations that form Pine Canyon; Shady trail that crosses Pine Creek numerous times; Access to hiking trails into the Chiricahua Wilderness; Many pleasant backcountry camping sites. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces.

Hands Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This challenging trail skirts below Chiricahua National Monument, traveling over Hands Pass and heading steeply down to join East Whitetail Creek. Although it is an exciting drive, most carefully driven, high-clearance SUVs with good tires can safely navigate the trail. Those driving vehicles with side steps, long overhangs, or low-hanging brush or towbars should think twice. There are several places along the trail where these are a distinct disadvantage and there is a risk of damage.

Special Attractions: Views of the jagged rock formations that form Pine Canyon; Shady trail that crosses Pine Creek numerous times; Access to hiking trails into the Chiricahua Wilderness; Many pleasant backcountry camping sites. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Rodeo
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Rustler Park, Cochise Head, Portal, Blue Mt., Chiricahua Peak, Willcox; BLM Chiricahua Peak, Willcox; and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Hands Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2015
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Trail totally washed out. Not worth going back to since now the private property in the early part closed off access to the rest of the trail due to idiots leaving trash etc. Go further down county road 42 and find lots of other trails though still enjoyable towards paradise


3/13/2014
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This trail is almost impassable. There are some pretty significant wash-outs. We had to turn back at about 1.5 miles from the end (going east to west. After negotiating some lateral washouts in the road we encountered one that would have required us to make a 4 foot bridge or fill in about 5 feet of wash with rock and dirt. We turned back. Otherwise a really nice trail. Maybe someone will have the energy to fill in the wash.



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May 2018