Tripp Canyon Road

Safford, Arizona

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This is one of two roads that access the top of the Pinaleño Mountains; other roads access the side canyons but do not climb to the top. The Tripp Canyon Road is the quieter and shorter of the two, climbing high along the side of Tripp Canyon, winding its way to the fire lookout at the top. Special Attractions: Long, easy trail through scenic ranchland; Site of the old settlement of Barkerville; Sweeping vistas and grasslands. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

Tripp Canyon Road Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of two roads that access the top of the Pinaleño Mountains; other roads access the side canyons but do not climb to the top. The Tripp Canyon Road is the quieter and shorter of the two, climbing high along the side of Tripp Canyon, winding its way to the fire lookout at the top.

Special Attractions: Long, easy trail through scenic ranchland; Site of the old settlement of Barkerville; Sweeping vistas and grasslands. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 26.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 8,600 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pima, Thatcher, Shingle Mill Mt., Tripp Canyon, Safford; BLM Safford; USFS Coronado National Forest, Safford & Santa Catalina Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Tripp Canyon Road

Recent Trail Reviews

1/14/2018
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this trail was indicated as a difficulty rating of 3. i am not sure if this is on a scale of 5 or 10, or something else, but i would say this is a fairly easy trail. i rarely needed to use 4WD, but only due to some ice and snow. the trail directions were spot on with the mileages listed. i think any truck or vehicle with decent ground clearance could make this trip. the views near the top of the mountain were spectacular. i would recommend this trail if your in the area.


9/17/2009
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This is a great little day trip. Due to some past fires in the area, the roads are in good condition. However, the last two or three miles were quite steep, but I was able to make it in my willys with 2 low. Wildlife was active, seeing a doe and two offspring in the lower country along with an array of birds and rodents throughout the trip.



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May 2018