Cabeza Prieta Pass

Tacna, Arizona

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A backpack along closed roads to the heart of the Cabeza Prieta Mountains. This route follows established jeep roads along the flats to the south of Cabeza Prieta Peak, then swings northeast to reach Cabeza Prieta Pass, one of the few low gaps in this jagged range. The trek begins by following a well-worn jeep trail north between jagged ridges of granite. The wind has whittled away at the pale stone, carving out fascinating grottoes and honeycombs.

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"A backpack along closed roads to the heart of the Cabeza Prieta Mountains. This route follows established jeep roads along the flats to the south of Cabeza Prieta Peak, then swings northeast to reach Cabeza Prieta Pass, one of the few low gaps in this jagged range.

The trek begins by following a well-worn jeep trail north between jagged ridges of granite. The wind has whittled away at the pale stone, carving out fascinating grottoes and honeycombs."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tacna
Distance: 21.4
Elevation Gain: 325 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,510 feet
Local Contacts: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Cabeza Prieta Peak, Tule Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Cabeza Prieta Pass

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May 2018