Cochie Springs Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marana, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This remote trail is on the west side of the Tortolita Mountains and is rarely visited. Great views and stunning vegetation. The western trailhead can be difficult to locate. From the Marana exit on I-10 #236, head east on the main paved road that runs through the San Lucas wildcat housing development. After a mile or so, you will come to a gate in the fence. Take the immediate right on Cochie Springs Road which begins to head south and you will oddly see signs that say "no swimming or fishing" because this land is owned by the Central Arizona Project although you won't see any water immediately. Follow this road as it will curve back north for about 2 miles. At a prominent intersection, take a right (east) at the Y and go about 2.5 more miles on Cochie Springs Road. North is Owl Head Canyon Road. Eventually, you will come to a cattle guard and fince that says "no trespassing" but go through the gate anyway, continue on this road for about another mile until you see the road heading down into the wash. If you continue north, the road is eventually closed by residents, so you have to go down into the wash and drive up it for about a mile until it dead-ends. Even ATVs cannot go further, but park in the wash near the steep rocky section and you will find the trail after walking a short distance. The trail heads up the side of the hill heading south. See map.
Compared to the previous reviewer, we parked at the Wild Burro Trailhead lot and walked NW towards the resort. It was a bit tricky to find but we located the trail across the street. I recall following the Javelina trails for approximately 1 mile until we saw the sign to Cochie Trail. Beautiful and challenging hike with lots of "climbing" for an awesome workout!
the road to this trail head was through private property and is inaccessible.