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Juniper Flats Mountain, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Douglas
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,857 feet
Elevation Gain 286 feet
Accumulated Gain 613 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.81
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10  2010-01-20 PrestonSands
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Sun  6:08am - 6:17pm
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Nothing special, but it's pretty. Hooray Bisbee!
by PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
Where is Juniper Flats Mountain, and why doesn't it sound very exciting? It's in the Mule Mountains near Bisbee. And no, it isn't exciting, but the view is nice. Mostly, it's something to do if you are in the Bisbee area. It is also on one of the precious few patches of public land in the Mule Mountains. The mountain doesn't have an official name, but it rises above the broad bench of Juniper Flats, overlooking Highway 80.


You can begin hiking anywhere along the road. Sure, you could drive to within a quarter of a mile of the summit before you are stopped by a vehicle barrier gate, but the point is to hike. The pull off spot near the first set of radio towers you come to on Juniper Flats Road (2 miles up) is a fine place to start (mile 0 for this write-up). Peek over the reddish granite bluffs at the highway over a thousand feet below. To the south is Mount Ballard, the highpoint of the Mule Mountains, at 7,320 feet.

Walk down the Juniper Flats Road, past peak 6,996, with its radio towers. The road drops down to a saddle at 6800 feet, then contours west below the highest part of Juniper Flats Mountain. At 0.8 miles the road makes a three way split. The center road leads out onto Juniper Flats. The right (main) road climbs the mountain.

As it wraps its way around the mountain, the road offers views across the Mule Mountains to the Huachuca, Whetstone, and Dragoon ranges. The summit and its communication towers come into view at 1.5 miles. A locked vehicle barrier gate stops vehicles, but hikers are welcome to explore. You are on the south summit of the mountain, elevation 7,161 feet. To the north, across a broad saddle, is the 7,110 foot north summit. Enjoy the view of nearly all of Cochise County.

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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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2010-08-01 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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    Juniper Flats Mountain/Juniper benchmark 7110 peak: a short hike during our Bisbee day trip. The road out to Juniper Flats was better than I had remembered. Could’ve driven it, but the views are nice and so was the road hike. At the 3-way road junction, the main road out to the Flats was closed due to road construction. We took the far right fork to the radio tower summit, thankful for tiny patches of shade on a very warm autumn day. The vegetation looked very dry, even the agaves were withering. After peaking over the edge of the west summit, we took a spur road to its end at a campsite, and then began following a faint social trail further east. We went up and over a small false summit before reaching the 7110’ benchmark summit and register. Saw no one on our hike, as expected. The return hike was quick, and we were soon our way into Bisbee for afternoon fun.
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    Juniper Flats Peak 7,161' - Prominence 1,121'

    Began this hike from the waypoint described by (PTY) and found it to be just a bit shorter from that point - you can begin earlier / later - a very flexible situation. Did this as a brief, invigorating sunset hike. The site description of this area is well put, as the panoramic views are breath-taking! I'll be keeping this put away as an easy access snow hike come later in the year. I had intended to bag Mount Ballard and then do this hike across the divide as a couplet, but got too late a start. Avg. Grade 64.2% GPS Route Available
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    Did this as a side adventure while passing through Bisbee on a cold, windy, wintery day. Started out just before sunset, made the top, watched the first arm of a huge snowstorm slam Bisbee, then hiked back at dusk. The weather and the clouds made for a great hike. Not a bad little hike, if road hiking doesn't bother you.

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Tucson, drive east on I-10 to Benson. Take exit 303 (business loop) to US Highway 80. From I-10, it is approximately a 48 mile drive east on US Highway 80 to "Old Divide Road" on the left, at milepost 338.7 (located 0.3 miles before the Mule Pass highway tunnel, and about a mile west of Bisbee). Turn left onto Old Divide Road (paved), and follow it for 0.5 miles to the highpoint of the road, known as Mule Pass. Turn left (north) onto Juniper Flats Road (dirt), and drive past the private property signs and houses to where it levels out along the top of the mountain, near the radio towers. Park anywhere to begin your hike. (see hike description)
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