Explore the most popular trail running trails near Willcox with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

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.

mountain biking
13 days ago

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

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

Great hike great area

beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

A relatively short hike on a well maintained trail. Not near as strenuous as it looks from the bottom. Worth the views over the canyon.

Pretty quick up and down. Payoff at the top is fantastic--views of valleys and canyons for miles around. Kids enjoyed the feeling of getting to the top.

4 months ago

Most scenic trail we’ve done in AZ

Nice hike y'all

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike in a special area

Awesome trial! It’s hidden a little in the beginning, but about 5 minutes into it, you’ll know you are on the trial. Amazing sunrise trail. The trail is not marked on the road, so gps is how you find it. It is a off roasting trail that turns into a horse trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of shade at the beginning. Great canopies of oak and juniper trees.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

This trail has beautiful views. It also has options if you want to make a shorter hike by cutting off at the junction to Turkey Flat. Of course you will either have to spot a car or hike back on the road to make a loop. You can also extend the hike by going to Bear Canyon on the south side of the summit. Again, this involves spotting a car or you have to go out and back which is a long and intense hike. It can get confusing on the top near Ladybug Peak because the trail isn’t marked well. The trail goes all the way from oak to ponderosa pine forest. It is well worth your time.

hiking
9 months ago

My wife and I along with my two teenage daughters hiked the 11.6 mile Ladybug Peak trail on August 13. We started around 7 am and after taking our time enjoying the scenery along with a lunch break, we finished around 3 pm.

If you are a decent hiker in pretty good shape you will be fine. It is a steady climb of over 4,000 feet from the beginning of the lower trailhead near Angle Orchard to the peak summit. You need good hiking shoes, 3 liters of water per person, sun screen, and my wife found her hiking poles to be a necessity for her.

The views throughout the trail were beautiful. At the peak you can see for miles in all directions. We are avid hikers that have hiked all over North America including Half Dome in Yosemite and we felt Ladybug Peak trail was well worth it. And yes, we did see ladybugs at the top.

Take your time and use common sense because at places the trail is obscure. A few areas have fallen trees over the trail and heavy over growth in other areas. At about 5.7 miles you will come to a split in the trail and go left. You will not be sure but right takes you to a parking lot at Swift Trail Road. I would not have known without this app.

All in all a great trail that we enjoyed. Don't be fooled however because although rated moderate, it is a pretty challenging hike.

10 months ago

Fun hike! my hubby and I had a blast & it was not for little kids. awesome views of both sides of the mountain period! Don't recommend for people with knee issues! Trail was a little grown up, so be careful to not lose your trail! However, overall was beautiful & reviving!

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Only the first 35 yards of this trail exist today. This area was logged during the winter of 2016-17 and most of the trail has been destroyed.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Not the best, not a lot of plant diversity and density and only one decent viewpoint along the way about 3 mi in. There are a couple cute creeks at the very start of the hike but other than that nothing to get excited about. The path is rocky and overgrown with several fallen trees across it so be careful of losing the trail.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I have only ridden the bottom half. I rate it as extreme since most of it is loose rocks. The huge storm that hit the nearby town of Safford washed away some of the dirt exposing more rocks.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

This hike should be rated as moderate/difficult because it is not easy. A few very short stretches of somewhat flat grades are a relief, but mostly it is a thigh-buster if you're going all the way down to Oak Flat which is 4 miles in. Lots of reliable water from the easily accessible -roaring- creek which you cross a handful of times along the way. So if you want to save some water weight in your pack, know that you can take your filter and refill in several areas. This hike takes you through very lush forest with the sound of the creek to accompany you, and a chance to see wildlife due to very light traffic. Very beautiful!

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Really short but cool trail. You get to go through a small man-made tunnel, which was a surprise. The view on top is incredible. Awesome view of the monument park in addition to the valley and nearby mountains.

I'd venture to say it's the best trail in the park.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great trail and lookout

hiking
Thursday, November 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.

hiking
Friday, November 13, 2015

Took the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the top and hiked down the following trails: Ed Riggs, Mushroom Rock, Inspiration Point, Big Balanced Rock, Heart of Rocks Loop, Sarah Deming, and Lower Rhyolite Canyon. This was a beautiful hike up and down across the canyons with some outstanding rock formations and forests along the way. We ended up back at the Visitor Center where our car was parked.
LENGTH: 8.5 miles

hiking
Friday, November 13, 2015

Beautiful views for sure. We took our grandchildren up this trail. They really enjoyed it and especially enjoyed the ranger who was at the top. She took a lot of time with them. Awesome views!

hiking
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).

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nice hiking trail. unfortunately, the lower part of the trail is littered with downed trees and overgrowth. Dangerous along the rocky slopes.
With that said, it is very good hike with lots of great views.

A good morning or evening hike. Trail is not properly marked, add that with the sometimes narrow un maintained trails adds to the difficulty. Nice scenery with wild flowers, birds rolling mountains. No proper signage, so the uncertainty that you on the correct tail is always there..

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