Heliograph Peak Trail #328A

EASY 5 reviews
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Heliograph Peak Trail #328A is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Willcox, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.8 miles
1,128 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


Mountains views, cool summer hike, 99-ft fire lookout tower A great hike to escape the summer heat. Along the trail you will see Douglas fir, quaking aspen, Ponderosa pine and Engelmann spruce. From the trailhead at Shannon Park campground follow the Arcadia trail #5318 for about 1 mile the to the junction with the Heliograph trail, the junction is marked with a sign. Follow the Heliograph trail right for another mile to the top. On top you will find a historic 99-ft lookout tower and cabin, the tower is still functional and is occupied during the fire season.

7 months ago

Hiked from Shannon Campground up to Heliograph peak after talking with a hiker who'd come back to the campground where we'd just finished lunch. The trail is a challenge to locate once you get to certain areas, and when we got to the top we went ahead and took the road back. It's well worth it, but if you're unsure, you can stop and look around and figure out where the trail continues. Definitely needs more markers until it's cut back in again.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Trail down from the fire watch tower is non-existent. Totally burned out and needs re-cut. Take the dirt road up instead.

11 months ago

My wife and I hiked the trail on April 1, 2018, and we found the trail to be moderate to hard. There were a lot of areas damaged by the fire, which made it very hard to follow the trail. We had to climb over fallen trees and washed out areas. In some places, the trail was impossible to locate, and we were only navigating by GPS, but the views ARE stunning.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Very enjoyable easy hike with 2 rewarding vistas, plump lizards and a plethora of fungi. Great for our three boys (11, 8 + 8).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This trail is beautiful! It is well marked and easy to navigate to your destination. Depending on when you go you can indulge in wild raspberries. The views are breathtaking.