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Round the Mountain Trail #302, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,539 feet
Elevation Gain 3,317 feet
Accumulated Gain 6,858 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 37.85
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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5  2019-09-12
Round the Mountain Trail upper
30  2017-05-19 SkyIslander18
14  2017-02-23 cactuscat
15  2016-11-29
Gibson Canyon Trail #308
36  2014-04-14
Deadman Peak 7505
15  2014-01-05 SkyIslander18
8  2012-06-19 PrestonSands
15  2012-06-19 SkyIslander18
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:30am - 7:21pm
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🔥 2017 Frye Fire48.4k
🔥 2004 Nuttall30k
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This trail doesn't go all the way 'round the mountain, but it goes far enough to provide some spectacular views and to give you a good idea of the size of this "Sky Island." Round the Mountain Trail travels a gradually ascending course through oak woodlands and stands of mixed conifers. Along the way, it presents a steadily changing panorama of the Gila River Valley and the Gila Mountains, along with good views of Deadman Peak, Heliograph Peak, and Mount Graham of the Pinalenos.

You can start just as easily at either end of the trail - at the Round the Mountain Trailhead and Picnic Area about a mile above Noon Creek Picnic Area on the Swift Trail, or at the trailhead just below the Bible Camp at the end of the Columbine Road. Water can be found in a number of small streams along the trail, including Marijilda, Deadman, and Frye Creeks, as well as in Gibson Creek and Round the Mountain Spring (except in a severe drought). This is a good trail for wildlife watching, too. White-tailed deer and black bear are frequently sighted here, and if you don't see a bear you should still see plenty of evidence of them. Round the Mountain Trail is well suited to both hiking and horseback riding and it serves as a convenient connector to several other trails. Among these is Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318, Gibson Canyon Trail #308, Deadman Trail #70, Frye Canyon Trail #36, and Ash Ridge Trail #327.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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.

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To hike
From Safford, drive south 8 miles on US 191 to the Swift Trail (AZ 366). Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and drive 8 miles to the Round the Mountain Trailhead and Picnic Area on the right side of the road. To get to the other end of the trail, continue 21 miles past the first Round the Mountain trailhead to the Columbine Visitor Information Station and turn right toward the summer home area on FR 508. Park to the side of the road without blocking the gate, and walk down the road 1 mile to the trailhead.
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