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Safford Peak

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Trail

3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,490' 454 m
Descent: -1,489' -454 m
High: 3,530' 1,076 m
Low: 2,250' 686 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 93% (43°)

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Trail shared by Niall Murphy

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

Niall Murphy

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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.

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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Mar 27, 2020
Sam Wisher
Apr 19, 2019
K S
awesome hike. still trying to get to the top of the peak. 3mi
Dec 26, 2018
Elliot Semonsky
3.4mi
Dec 24, 2018
hdjohnson
Emma, Bennett and I. Very nice! 4mi
Oct 8, 2018
Daniel Ingram
The trail is horribly washed out in multiple places. We built cairns in a lot of places. 3.4mi
Apr 1, 2018
Nicho Cusack
lots of lose rocks and a very slick steep climb at points. Really great formations. follow path markers it is easy to get off trail. 6.2mi
Feb 11, 2018
Peter Fröhlich
Jan 27, 2018
Daniel Ingram
First to hit the peak today!

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Photos

Fantastic saguaros near the summit
Dec 26, 2017 near Picture…, AZ
On the way down from the summit - 1400 steep feet above this point.
Dec 26, 2017 near Picture…, AZ
Near the summit of Mt Stafford
Dec 26, 2017 near Picture…, AZ
Beautiful view of the desert
Aug 10, 2019 near Picture…, AZ
Stafford Peak trail looking west toward the peak!
Dec 17, 2015 near Picture…, AZ