Scheelite Canyon Loop

Sierra Vista, Arizona

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This trail forms a challenging loop trip in the northern part of the Huachuca Mountains. It lies within the bounds of the Fort Huachuca army base, and a visitor permit is required. The trail is faint in the upper reaches of Scheelite Canyon, so it is safer to approach it from a clockwise direction to avoid getting lost at the top of the range. The trek begins on a well-defined path that follows steep-sided Scheelite Canyon up through groves of live oak and bigtooth maple. After half a mile, sheer walls of limestone close in around the wash, and travelers will scramble as the track surmounts boulders and stone outcrops. Buff-colored cliffs of granite rise from the slopes high above the canyon as it splits in two.

Scheelite Canyon Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This trail forms a challenging loop trip in the northern part of the Huachuca Mountains. It lies within the bounds of the Fort Huachuca army base, and a visitor permit is required. The trail is faint in the upper reaches of Scheelite Canyon, so it is safer to approach it from a clockwise direction to avoid getting lost at the top of the range.

The trek begins on a well-defined path that follows steep-sided Scheelite Canyon up through groves of live oak and bigtooth maple. After half a mile, sheer walls of limestone close in around the wash, and travelers will scramble as the track surmounts boulders and stone outcrops. Buff-colored cliffs of granite rise from the slopes high above the canyon as it splits in two."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sierra Vista
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 2,830 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best March to December
Trailhead Elevation: 5,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,350 feet
Local Contacts: Fort Huachuca (US Army Base)
Local Maps: Huachuca Mountain Hiker's map
Driving Directions: Directions to Scheelite Canyon Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2009
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Beautiful hike up Scheelite Canyon but the trails near the crest are impossible to follow (little use, no maintenance and lots of illegals establishing their own trails). To get down to Sawmill Canyon we had to bushwhack all the way down from crest and intercepted the canyon well below the spring. Also, the Boy Scout Cabin where Sawmill and Garden intersect has been removed. Because of the bushwhacking (very steep and very brushy) it is a long, tough hike but even in a very dry August the flowers are incredible!



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