Cottonwood Mountain

Safford, Arizona

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A day hike to a mountaintop in the Santa Teresa Mountains. The Cottonwood Mountain trail is one of the few cleared pathways into the wild and remote Santa Teresa Mountains. The entire south slope of this range burned in 1994, and the trail traverses recovering grasslands and upland shrub communities to reach sheer outcrops of stone that command impressive views into the Santa Teresas. The jagged monoliths of Pinnacle Ridge dominate the scene, and the northern tail of the Galiuro Mountains rises in the distance.

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"A day hike to a mountaintop in the Santa Teresa Mountains. The Cottonwood Mountain trail is one of the few cleared pathways into the wild and remote Santa Teresa Mountains.

The entire south slope of this range burned in 1994, and the trail traverses recovering grasslands and upland shrub communities to reach sheer outcrops of stone that command impressive views into the Santa Teresas. The jagged monoliths of Pinnacle Ridge dominate the scene, and the northern tail of the Galiuro Mountains rises in the distance."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,960 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,260 feet
Local Contacts: Santa Teresa Wilderness, Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Buford Hill, Jackson Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Cottonwood Mountain

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May 2018