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Guthrie Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 5.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,300 feet
Elevation Gain -686 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,269 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.15
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28  2021-04-20
Green Mountain Trail Guthrie Peak
markthurman53
2  2020-05-09 Pivo
1  2020-04-22 Pivo
4  2017-07-16 fricknaley
7  2017-06-04 air
11  2017-05-20 Pivo
10  2016-05-20 rvcarter
2  2016-05-14 fricknaley
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Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 386
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Trips 3,077 map ( 20,007 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Woody's Revenge
by fricknaley

I've walked right by the takeoff to Guthrie Mountain many times on my trips along the Green Mountain trail. I've always thought, "I'll do that next time". I should have done it sooner because this turns out to be a fun little-known peak to bag in the Catalinas. Sitting at roughly 7281 feet, Guthrie does not see many visitors though it is undoubtedly worthy. There is even a nice little trail that runs out to its summit. You can start this hike from either end of the Green Mountain trail, the lower General Hitchcock campground, or the upper Green Mountain trailhead at milepost 18. This description will be from the upper trailhead since it is higher in elevation and slightly cooler this time of year.

The Green Mountain Trail #21 is fully described on HAZ, and I refer you to that guide for details. Briefly, the Green Mountain Trail takes off from the Catalina Highway and runs mostly east and south, offering different Catalina views than what most are used to. It descends nearly the whole way, so you gotta climb on the way back. There are areas along the way that the forest burned in the fires, and the recovery process is underway. The trail is always easy to follow. Along the way, there will be two signed takeoff points for the Brush Corral Trail #19, at roughly 0.2 miles and 1.2 miles from the trailhead. Just follow the route of Green Mountain. There are frequent views north and east, which tend to be very long.

Just past the signed takeoff for Maverick Spring, you will reach a nice saddle with a sign pointing the way to the General Hitchcock campground. This is Bear Saddle and you will know when you are here. To the left is Guthrie Mountain, and there is a little tin homemade sign nailed to a tree indicating the use path to its peak. This is roughly 2 miles from the upper Green Mountain trailhead.

Jump on the path to Guthrie Mountain. I was surprised, it is pretty easy to follow. There are cairns present too, though they are not necessary. There is a lot of interesting red rock on Guthrie, and I'm not sure why. The route to the peak is about 1 mile in total. The path climbs to the ridge and runs it for a while, offering you views of your goal. It then descends a small saddle before climbing back up to the summit proper. It's a decent little climb. The last part of the climb before the top is a little exposed up some slick red-colored rock. It's a very short segment, though, then up to the forested summit. If you scramble around, you can climb up some boulders and get outstanding views of the eastern Catalinas, as well as north. Not the typical stuff I'm used to seeing up here. Worth it just for that.

To get back, retrace your steps and remember that there is some good climbing to do on the way back.

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2007-06-20 fricknaley
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
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    2021 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2021 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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    To hike
    Take the Catalina Highway in Tucson up into the Catalinas. At roughly milepost 18, there is a new separate and signed trailhead for the Green Mountain Trail on your right. It's that easy.

    The lower General Hitchcock Trailhead is just before milepost 12.
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