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Guthrie Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,364 feet
Elevation Gain 1,207 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,322 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.61
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Routes 148
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Trips 1,751 map ( 9,078 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Glassford Hill's southern cousin
by PrestonSands

Standing high above the lesser volcanic peaks of southeastern Arizona's Black Hills is Guthrie Peak, a long ridge of high desert grassland with outstanding views in every direction. Guthrie is an easy peak bag that can be combined with a drive down the B.L.M.'s scenic Black Hills Back Country Byway. This uniquely southern Arizona hike follows a primitive four wheel drive road along the northwest ridge of the mountain to the 6571 foot summit of Guthrie Peak.

The hike begins at a parking area next to a radio tower, at the junction of the Black Hills Back Country Byway and the Guthrie Peak Road. Start hiking up the Guthrie Peak Road, which gradually begins to climb the grass covered slopes of an ancient volcano. As the road climbs higher up the pinyon and juniper dotted mountainside, it gets steeper and rockier, while the views steadily improve. Far below, the Gila River and the Byway weave their way through the desert hills in the distance.

The road reaches a saddle on the ridge at 1.5 miles, then begins contouring around the south side of the mountain top, where far reaching views to the south and west will greet you. Mile two finds the road rounding a false summit topped with several communication towers. The old road soon drops down to a saddle where it meets the maintained service road to Guthrie Peak at a three way fork. Follow the service road by taking the far left fork, which begins climbing Guthrie Peak itself.

The service road soon arrives at the top of Guthrie Peak amid dozens of electronic and communication towers. There are endless views in all directions here. The north face of the peak is free of towers and yields spectacular views of the Clifton and White Mountain areas to the north. To the east, the Gila River flows some three thousand feet below, while the giant Mogollon Mountains of western New Mexico rise in the distance.

On the return trip, there is the option for a through hike by following the service road down the south side of the peak. It is the far right, gated road at the three way fork. The service road descends for several miles to a mountain pass, where it meets highway 191 at milepost 147, about 26.3 miles east of the highway 191 and highway 70 junction in Safford.

Otherwise, just head back the way you came, for a round trip total of 6 miles.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2007-12-14 PrestonSands
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From the highway 70/highway 191 junction in Safford, head east on highway 191 (towards Clifton and Morenci) for about 18.2 miles to the signed turn off for the Black Hills Back Country Byway at milepost 139. Turn left onto the Black Hills Back Country Byway, and follow it for about 9.25 miles to the signed junction with the Guthrie Peak Road. There is a large dirt parking area here, next to a radio tower on the left side of the road. Begin hiking up the Guthrie Peak Road.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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