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Grant Goudy Ridge Trail #310, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,333 feet
Elevation Gain -3,721 feet
Accumulated Gain 93 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.31
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4  2017-10-22
Swift Trail (State Hwy 366)
15  2016-06-19
Webb Peak Ash Creek
11  2016-06-19
Webb Peak Ash Creek
7  2016-06-05 rwstorm
4  2015-07-23
Grant Creek Goudy Ridge Loop
7  2015-07-23
Grant Creek Goudy Ridge Loop
20  2015-04-18
Webb Peak from Ash Creek TH
75  2014-03-29
Lower Grant Creek to Lower Ash Creek
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Overview: (Coronado National Forest information): Grant Goudy Ridge Trail follows an old pack trail from Soldier Creek Campground down the southwest slopes of the Pinalenos to historic Fort Grant. As it snakes down the ridge that separates Grant and Goudy Canyons, the trail leads from the cool forests of the mountain range's highest slopes, through a transition zone of ponderosa pine forests and oak/juniper woodlands, to a desert landscape on the floor of the Sulphur Springs Valley. Because this trail passes through so many different life zones, it is an excellent place to see a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, Abert squirrels and black bear among the pines, and mountain lions (if you're very lucky), coatimundi, javelina, skunk and rock squirrels at lower elevations. Another reason to take this trail is to enjoy the overlooks it offers. The Galiuro Mountains to the west, the Winchesters to the southwest, and the Pinalenos, too, have been described as Sky Islands surrounded by a sea of desert. This is a good perspective from which to see why that description fits so well. Fort Grant, which anchors the desert end of the Grant Goudy Ridge Trail, had its heyday during the last few decades of the nineteenth century as an outpost in the wars between the U.S. Army and the Apaches. It was abandoned in 1905 and eventually reopened as an Arizona State Prison Facility, which it remains today. Historically, soldiers used the Grant Goudy Trail to move to cool refuges in the mountains and escape from the intense heat of their remote desert outpost.

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    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 (which later turns into forest road 803) approximately 29.25 miles to Soldier Creek Campground on the left. Turn left, and drive to the far (bottom) end of Soldier Creek Campground. A trail sign marks the start of the Grant Goudy Ridge Trail.
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