Big Horn Mountains Trail

Salome, Arizona

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This moderate trail passes between two wilderness areas: Big Horn Mountains Wilderness to the south and Hummingbird Springs Wilderness to the north. The trail leaves from paved Eagle Eye Road. Initially, it is small and hard to follow in places, but as other trails gradually join the main trail, it becomes well defined and easy to follow. The portion of the trail that travels the vehicle corridor through the wilderness areas is the only trail that does so. Inevitably, it sees more vehicle traffic. Special Attractions: Excellent rockhounding for chalcedony and fire agate; Views and access to Saddle Mountain. 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.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This moderate trail passes between two wilderness areas: Big Horn Mountains Wilderness to the south and Hummingbird Springs Wilderness to the north. The trail leaves from paved Eagle Eye Road. Initially, it is small and hard to follow in places, but as other trails gradually join the main trail, it becomes well defined and easy to follow. The portion of the trail that travels the vehicle corridor through the wilderness areas is the only trail that does so. Inevitably, it sees more vehicle traffic.

Special Attractions: Excellent rockhounding for chalcedony and fire agate; Views and access to Saddle Mountain. 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.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Salome
Distance: 24.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round, best September to June
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: 2,100 feet
Local Maps: USGS Weldon Hill, Little Horn Peak, Hummingbird Spring, Burnt Mt., Saddle Mt., Salome, Little Horn Mts.; BLM Salome, Little Horn Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Horn Mountains Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/28/2010
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Nice and easy trail. Headed out at 1100 in the morning and did it in an easy 2.5 hours..with some stops. I could have done 99% in 2wd but a few spots made me feel better in 4wd. If you take the reverse routing starting west of Tonapah, you can head right down the street and do the Harquahala Trail listed and reviewed (be me) on here. We did it all in about 7 hours. Great day!!



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May 2018