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Safford Peak

 3 votes

Length

3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,490' 454 m

Ascent

-1,489' -454 m

Descent

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

93%

Max Grade (43°)

3,530' 1,076 m

High

2,250' 686 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 70 days ago
Rocky and trail is difficult to follow in some places. History

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This is a short but very intense route with two sections of scrambling involved.

Niall Murphy

Overview

Safford Peak sits along the northern edge of Saguaro National Park and provides us with 0.7 miles of fairly easy hiking followed by one additional mile of elevation gain with two sections of scrambling.
Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

This route is exposed to the sun and requires some basic route-finding skills. Come prepared, and the route is a blast!

Description

Don't let your experience along Scenic Trail make you think that this will be an easy summit. This short route provides many challenges from a slightly rocky first ascent on Safford Peak Trail that will bring you to the first saddle. From here, you'll continue to gain elevation along the northeast side of the mountain until you are looking up at a large rock wall on the east side. At this point, you'll have reached the section of the trail that will circumnavigate you around to the west side of Safford Peak for two more sections of ascending.

Once you reach the west side, you'll notice a very dry, dusty, and rocky mountain face where it is possible to lose the trail. Pay close attention to a few key saguaros that you can use as a reference along your descent. Once you reach the highest saddle, you'll encounter one last section of the journey where you'll need to scramble down a slope and then back up to the highest point on the south side.

There is an old ammo box with a log up here. Be sure to treat the log with care as many people just turn it into a scribble pad.

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Feb 11, 2018
Peter Fröhlich
Jan 27, 2018
Daniel Ingram
First to hit the peak today!
Jan 15, 2018
Daniel Ingram
Easy to fall onto “fake” trails on the way down. Great views.
Dec 16, 2017
Kati Jones
Trail was difficult to follow 4.2mi
Oct 28, 2017
Fred Fulton
We made it a little more than halfway up.
Apr 1, 2017
Jennifer Bowers
Starts out easy. Slippery rocks after you get to the saddle. Amazing views.
Jan 7, 2017
Bill Brecht

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

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  4.3 from 3 votes
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#67

in Arizona

#1,886

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Nick Wilder
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Nick Wilder   The Bubble  
This is a pretty good winter hike. The top half is very steep and loose; be particularly careful coming down! Dec 26, 2017

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