Cochise Stronghold Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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Once your dog is watered and leashed—remember to pack water in—cross the bridge to begin the Cochise Stronghold Trail 279. Though the pathway itself is very easy on boot and paw, with the exception of occasional rocky segments in the upper reaches, this trail takes you through the rugged natural fortress of the Chiricahua Apaches, a sanctuary for Cochise’s troops in their bloody 12-year war with the U.S. Cavalry (Cochise, legend has it, is buried somewhere in the stronghold). Once you cross the bridge, point the leash left. Before you get 0.25 mile in, the path begins climbing through an extravagantly lush, oak, juniper copse studded with turpentine bushes, blood-barked manzanitas, beargrass, Schott’s yuccas, madrone trees, quinine bushes, agaves, and chilicates—a pepper plant. Stay alert and heed the leash rule, for deer, bears, and javelinas thrive in this bountiful place.

Cochise Stronghold Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Once your dog is watered and leashed—remember to pack water in—cross the bridge to begin the Cochise Stronghold Trail 279. Though the pathway itself is very easy on boot and paw, with the exception of occasional rocky segments in the upper reaches, this trail takes you through the rugged natural fortress of the Chiricahua Apaches, a sanctuary for Cochise’s troops in their bloody 12-year war with the U.S. Cavalry (Cochise, legend has it, is buried somewhere in the stronghold).

Once you cross the bridge, point the leash left. Before you get 0.25 mile in, the path begins climbing through an extravagantly lush, oak, juniper copse studded with turpentine bushes, blood-barked manzanitas, beargrass, Schott’s yuccas, madrone trees, quinine bushes, agaves, and chilicates—a pepper plant. Stay alert and heed the leash rule, for deer, bears, and javelinas thrive in this bountiful place."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 6,013 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger Station
Local Maps: Cochise Stronghold USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Cochise Stronghold Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/24/2008
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This is an easy hike with a lot of beauty to it. The history of Cochise makes it more enjoyable. It's in the middle of no where. The good thing is the camp ground is small and clean if you chose to stay.



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May 2018