Arcadia Trail 328

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Distance5.1mi
Elevation Gain6,399ft
Trailhead Elevation8,030ft
Top9,395ft
Elevation Min/Max6680/9395ft
Elevation Start/End8030/8029ft

Arcadia Trail 328

Arcadia Trail #328 is a hiking trail in Graham County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 8,030 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,399 feet. Eagle Rock (elevation 9,354 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Shannon Campground camp site. There are also restrooms near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Heliograph Trail #328A and Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318.

Arcadia Trail #328 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Topped by 10,720-foot Mount Graham, the Pinaleno Mountains are the highest of southeastern Arizona’s sky islands. Surrounded by arid basins, this mountain range rises decisively near the town of Safford.

In so doing it provides a dramatic shift in climatic conditions, which in turn supports flora remarkably different from that of the desert below. A hike along the Arcadia National Recreation Trail reveals much about the range’s ecology."

"A day hike from Arcadia Campground to Shannon Park, 5.0 miles one way.

This trail runs from the Shanon Park Campground on the crest of the Pinaleño Mountains down a long and steady descent to reach Arcadia Campground, which is about halfway up the grade on AZ 366. A 1.0-mile spur trail runs to the top of Heliograph Peak near the upper end of the trail, offering a panoramic view of the southern Pinaleños amid the radio towers. The trail passed through country that burned in 2005, and downed timber often makes traveling a challenge. There is no water along the route, and there are few spots level enough to pitch a tent."

Arcadia Trail #328 Reviews

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7/3/2005
Courtesy of another member Abe: This trail is open to mountain biking but is challenging because of the almost constant braking necessary. Most of the middle of the trail is on a forested cliff. The top of the trail, going out of Shannon Campground is a 400 foot climb in the first half-mile, very little of it is flat as the description reads. As a mountain bike trail it's challenging and the numerous pine cones littering the trail make it only trickier. At one point in the trail it disappears in a field of ferns and you'll bike thru while being spanked by the soft ferns, beautiful. As a mountain bike shuttle start at Shannon and ride to Arcadia Campground.
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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
USGS Mount Graham
Local Maps

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Oct 2018