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Safford Peak

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 4.2 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Out and Back

3,530' 1,076 m

High

2,250' 686 m

Low

1,490' 454 m

Up

1,489' 454 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

93%

Max Grade (43°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Niall Murphy

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 13 votes

#2236

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  4.2 from 13 votes
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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
Stafford Peak trail looking west toward the peak!
Dec 17, 2015 near Picture…, AZ
Beautiful view of the desert
Aug 10, 2019 near Picture…, AZ

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Mar 25, 2021
Jacob Mordock
4h 10m
Feb 6, 2021
hdjohnson
Herd of 7 deer near the very first saddle 3.7mi — 2h 30m
Nov 22, 2020
Julian Sanchez
Amazing trail.Once you start heading back from the peak it can be very easy to lose your way. Make sure you follow the cairnes! 4.2mi — 4h 40m
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