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12 days ago

Rocky, steel, nut beautiful views. Lots of bear sign. Watch for hunters in October.

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.

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.

4 months ago

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!

5 months 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
5 months ago

I could not locate the start of the trail as the area was devastated by wildfire last year and the trail has not been re-cut. You can reach the upper section of the trail by taking the dirt road just east by the yellow winter gate. This road is not open to traffic and is great alternative for biking and hiking. After a couple turns (apprx 1.5mi) you will see a cairn on the left where the original trail came up the hill.

mountain biking
5 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.

6 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.

on Arcadia Trail

6 months 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.

9 months ago

Most scenic trail we’ve done in AZ

Nice hike y'all

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.

This was a beautiful hike with great vistas. Unfortunately it is CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE FRYE FIRE. If/when it opens again it won’t be the same.

11 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.

11 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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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!

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.

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.

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.

mountain biking
Friday, September 25, 2015

2 mountain biking trails at this junction Grant Hill and Cunningham Loop. Grant Hill is about 7 miles around a hill, several trails. Big views of the Sulphur Springs Valley if you can spot the hidden trail. Cunningham has several creek crossings and is usually flowing, Raspberries and thimbleberries on this trail which is steep at it's start but somewhat level for a couple miles. Avoid monsoons here, storms can be nasty. Camped on Mt Graham many times. Avoid Riggs Lake unless you like crowds.

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.

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..

Monday, May 26, 2014

Never made it to trail head the road to the trail is not keep up... Got stuck in sand and had to spend the night getting unstuck...if you go consider driving to trail with a vehicle with 4 wheel drive

Friday, July 06, 2012

Moderate trail took us 3 hours but that was including lunch and a couple of little breakes to see the views. Next time will take our time to see more of the mountain awesome trail to take 10 year olds and up on.

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