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East Sawmill Canyon Trail #146, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 4.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,750 feet
Elevation Gain 2,290 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.03
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Greaterville and Sawmill Canyon Trails
55  2016-05-25
Florida Peak
9  2008-10-12 Jeffshadows
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:23am - 5:44pm
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2 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
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2.1 mi
452 ft
Cave Canyon Trail #149
Cave Canyon Trail #149
1.8 mi away
3.8 mi
2,105 ft
Link Trail - Santa Rita Mtns
1.9 mi away
0.5 mi
226 ft
Gardner Canyon #143
2.1 mi away
2.9 mi
2,303 ft
Castle Dome 6631 - Coronado NF
2.3 mi away
3.7 mi
1,823 ft
Granite Mountain 5938
2.4 mi away
0.9 mi
542 ft
Chinaman Trail #137
Chinaman Trail #137
2.4 mi away
4.4 mi
1,019 ft
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita Mtns
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita Mtns
2.5 mi away
3.0 mi
2,129 ft
Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5
Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5
2.8 mi away
13.9 mi
1,942 ft
Florida Canyon / Crest Trail
Florida Canyon / Crest Trail
3.3 mi away
15.8 mi
5,500 ft
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The Greaterville Trail, combined with the East Sawmill Canyon Trail, provides access from the northeast to Florida Saddle, one of the major trail crossroads in the Santa Rita Range. This saddle marks the beginning of the Crest Trail that leads to the summit of Mt. Wrightson. The Greaterville and East Sawmill Canyon Trails pass through an area of rugged, scrub oak-clad ridges and forested canyons that slope gradually toward the Santa Ritas. Both offer views to the east of the Whetstones and Mustangs, as well as to the west of Mt. Wrightson and the Santa Rita crest. Closer at hand, ponderosa pines, alligator junipers, and Emory, white and silverleaf oaks make up most of the scenery.

This area is good wildlife habitat. There are healthy populations of Coues white-tailed deer in the area and, if your eye is sharp enough to see them before they flush, you might spot some scaled quail or Montezuma quail . From the western terminus of East Sawmill Canyon Trail, you can head north into Florida Canyon, south and east along Cave Creek Canyon, or continue along the Crest Trail to the top of the Santa Ritas.

4 miles of the East Sawmill Canyon Trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. No Mechanized vehicles, or Mountain bikes permitted in Wilderness areas.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    Coronado Forest
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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Tucson, 21 miles south of Interstate 10 and 4 miles north of Sonoita on AZ 83, turn west onto Gardner Canyon Road, Forest Road 92. Keep to the left at three-quarters of a mile and take the right fork, Forest Road 4084, at about 4 miles around a piece of private property: then continue about 7.5 miles to the trailhead. The last 5 miles or so of this road requires a high clearance-4 wheel drive vehicle.
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