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Arcadia Trail #328

HARD 8 reviews
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Arcadia Trail #328 is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Safford, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,126 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash



bird watching




wild flowers


over grown

washed out

Sun Sep 30 2018

When we started on this trail we noticed there were no blazes to mark the trail, which wasn’t a problem initially as the trail was well maintained. After we got about a mile, the trail deteriorated to the point where the soil and rocks were sliding into the creek bed far below. Eventually, the trail just stopped. Our best guess is that the trail was washed away into / by the creek or was buried by a mudslide / landslide. We found a way to get to the creek bed and looked to pick up the trail on the other side of the creek as the map indicated. We did find a cairn on the other side marking the trail. The trail there, however, was overgrown with vegetation as if it hadn’t been maintained in quite some time. If we come back up this way, perhaps we’ll give this trail another go provided the trail is repaired and well marked.

Mon Jun 04 2018

This is a great trail. It is a 5 mile (10 round trip) hike from Upper Arcadia to Shannon campground. Take caution as some of this trail crosses through areas that were devastated by the Frye Fire. The trail is kinda hard to follow in a few spots but the worse spot is about a mile from the Arcadia campground. It crosses through a creek that has been severely washed out making it hard to find again once you work your way across the washed out creek that is now a small gorge. (Look for large piles of rock that have been placed as trail markers) Other than that one spot the trail was easy enough to stay on. It is overgrown in a few areas so large packs will be snagged on branches and brush. As you get close to the Shannon campground there is a fork in the trail that will take you to the Heliograph lookout (1 mile to lookout and 1 mile back to Arcadia trail) That fork is 1 mile from Shannon campground. Overall this is a great hike with amazing views! Well worth the effort. I saw wild turkeys and plenty of other wildlife, I highly recommend this trail to anyone considering it!

Wed May 09 2018

From the campground the trail switchbacks and is in decent shape however the trail quickly deteriorates as you approach the burned zone. I was turned around from both directions due to downed logs and uneven trail starting both top and bottom. Needs some chainsaw work and could make for an excellend MTB shuttle.

Sat Mar 31 2018

My wife and I tried hiking the trail on April 1, 2018, from the Arcadia Campground site, and we could not. The trail started out fine, but in about 1 mile, it started to narrow down especially on the side of the mountain. In about 2 miles, it was so narrow that it was impossible to hike, and then we came to a huge gap that resulted from a wash out down the mountain and into the canyon.

Wed Nov 01 2017

This was one of the more popular hikes on Mount Graham. I did it several times from top to bottom and bottom to top by spotting a vehicle at the other end. Unfortunately, THE TRAIL IS CLOSED DUE TO THE FRYE FIRE. the fire burned through this area with great intensity leaving many hazardous snags and lots of erosion. Who knows when it will open again.

Thu Nov 26 2015

The Arcadia trail begins at the Arcadia NF campground group use area and heads west up the drainage. It is a simple walk through the woods but it does open up to some great views of the valley below. Their are signs of a forest fire from previous years but the area is recovering nicely. Their is nice elevation gain but is a moderate hike because it is laid well with switchbacks. Also, because of the elevation the temperatures would be somewhat temperate most the the summer.

Fri Dec 08 2017

Sun Apr 30 2017

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