Cochise Stronghold Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Saint David, AZ that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Excellent trail Map is incorrect. Trail is west of Sunsites, not sahuarita. So trailhead approx 1 hr east of Tucson. We hike there a lot, year around.
Very nice hike. Not too strenuous but definitely not flat. Rock formations are fantastic as you get into the last 1/3 of the hike (closer to the divide and the turnaround point). The trail is clearly marked. I hiked on a weekday and can't recall seeing anyone else on the trail the entire afternoon. Which is how I like it. Cochise Stronghold is a special fee area so you will still have to pay $5 to hike even if you have a National Park pass. Happy hiking and be safe!
A beautiful early spring or late autumn hike up and over Stronghold Divide. Start on the east side, then hike up and over the pass and down to the west side. Return about a mile for a good spot for lunch. Then continue back up to the pass and back to your vehicles at the entry trailhead.