Cochise Stronghold Trail #279
ElevationAscent: 1,026' 313 m
Descent: -824' -251 m
High: 5,962' 1,817 m
Low: 4,938' 1,505 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
“A remote trail through an area made famous by the Apache Chief, Cochise.”— John Maurizi
Be prepared with plenty of water. The trail is relatively easy except for the length and heat of day. The trail conditions are great and route finding easy. The trail is flanked by unique rock formations most of the way. You can see why Cochise selected this area as a basecamp.
About half way, you top out at Stronghold Divide. The trail continues on downhill to East Stronghold Canyon Road. I continued down for a long out-and-back. You can easily turn back at the Pass for a shorter trip.
Directions: Take Rt. 10 east toward Benson and onto Cochise. Follow sign to Pearce then to Sunsite. Take Ironwood Rd, Forest Rd 84 for about 12 miles to the Stronghold Campground.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: USFS - Coronado National Forest Office
Nov 21, 2019: Proctor Loop Accessible Trail Dedication