hiking

on Arch Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

on Ajo Mountain Drive

off road driving
2 months ago

Flowers were blooming when I hiked this trail today, so it was incredibly beautiful. At the terminus is an unmaintained trail marked by cairns that threads its way up Arch Canyon. I went up this trail for about 15 minutes, but it doesn't seem to reach the back side of the arch. I assume it connects with the nearby Bull Pasture trail, but I can't confirm this. Next time - when it's not 90+ degrees - I'll check it out!

hiking
3 months ago

Flowers were blooming when I hiked this trail today, so it was incredibly beautiful. The trail terminates at the remains of a mine. The bunkhouse is still there - although the roof and a portion of the walls is gone. The mine shafts are barred, so access is prohibited. Not that you'd want to enter even if you could - setting aside the issue of personal safety, there is a strong smell of bats exuding from the mine.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice and easy loop around the hills close to the campground.

Arch Canyon trail is an easy out and back trail about ..6-.8 mile one way. If you decide to go up to the arch and on to Boulder Overlook it becomes much more strenuous. Either way, it is beautiful!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike. I'd like to have continued up to Mount Ajo summit.

on Alamo Canyon

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5 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great view at the top, be sure to take the trail counterclockwise for an easier return hike.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

So, there are some discrepancies on the distance of this trail. The NPS map shows only the maintained sections which is marked .6 miles one way (out and back) but there is an extension...an unmaintained primitive trail which starts at the "steep trail" warning sign. I have no idea how far up it is to the top of the mountain but another site claims it's 4 miles (roundtrip) with a 900-1100 foot gain in elevation.

The first .6 miles is relatively easy-moderate but I'd rank the primitive trail as moderate to strenuous. Additionally, the trail gets a little tricky to follow, even with the cairns, and requires scrambling up some kinda steep rock. The trail seems to dissipate as well so be aware of your landmarks.

Views are fantastic BUT you cannot get to the arch. As a matter of fact, we were only able to find a tiny side trail that offered a very limited side view from about 200 yards away. We couldn't figure out any way to actually get to the arch. Still a challenging hike and the views are grand.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pretty steep the last half mile. And don't let the false summit trick you. Keep going up to the ridge where you find the Bull Pasture sign :)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Very scenic and great hiking.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Saturday, May 23, 2015