Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area Trails

Safford, Arizona

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Soaring to nearly 11,000 feet, Mount Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains is the loftiest of Southeastern Arizona’s “sky islands.” Surrounded by desert, the broad mountaintop, dzil nchaa sí án, “Big Seated Mountain” to the San Carlos Apaches for whom it is sacred, preserves a Pleistocene-relict spruce-fir forest, fourteen perennial streams, three highelevation cienegas or wet meadows, and eighteen endemic plants and animals. A black bear foraging the mountain may in one day travel through six distinct life zones. Up in the spruce-fir forest near the summit, biologists have found bear scat containing seeds from prickly pear fruits consumed in the lower-Sonoran desert scrub down around 3,500 feet. This trail guide covers an area with 77 miles of trails.

Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Soaring to nearly 11,000 feet, Mount Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains is the loftiest of Southeastern Arizona’s “sky islands.” Surrounded by desert, the broad mountaintop, dzil nchaa sí án, “Big Seated Mountain” to the San Carlos Apaches for whom it is sacred, preserves a Pleistocene-relict spruce-fir forest, fourteen perennial streams, three highelevation cienegas or wet meadows, and eighteen endemic plants and animals.

A black bear foraging the mountain may in one day travel through six distinct life zones. Up in the spruce-fir forest near the summit, biologists have found bear scat containing seeds from prickly pear fruits consumed in the lower-Sonoran desert scrub down around 3,500 feet. This trail guide covers an area with 77 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 77
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 9,900 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Graham, Webb Peak, Shingle Mill Mountain, Stockton Pass, Gillespie Mountain, Fort Grant
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area Trails

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May 2018