Atascosa Lookout

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,769ft
Trailhead Elevation4,697ft
Elevation Min/Max4697/6259ft
Elevation Start/End4697/4697ft

Atascosa Lookout

Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 4,697 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,769 feet.

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"A moderate but rewarding day hike to a lookout. The rocky unmaintained trail climbs fairly directly to the abandoned fire lookout at 6,249 feet. From there, you have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside: Sycamore Canyon to the southwest, Pena Blanc Lake to the east, and Nogales to the southeast.

Way off to the west are the distinctive hump of Baboquivari Peak and the telescopes crowning Kitt Peak. For an even higher perspective, you can make your way north 0.75 mile to the summit of Atascosa Peak, which is about 200 feet higher than the lookout."

"This well-groomed trail provides an outstanding day hike to an old fire lookout high in the southern Tumacacori Mountains near Nogales.

The hike begins in grassy foothills, bearing north as it makes a gradual ascent. Upon reaching the hilltops, a blocky butte rises ahead, and a glittering stock tank nestles among live oaks in a hollow to the east. The arid Patagonia Range dominates the eastern horizon, mounting ridge upon sunbaked ridge toward the desert sky. The high grasslands traversed by the trail make ideal hunting grounds for the American kestrel, a songbird-sized raptor that makes its living on grasshoppers and an occasional smaller bird."

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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Coronado National Forest
Skill Level
Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
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Sep 2018