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Gibson Canyon Trail #308, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 8.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,380 feet
Elevation Gain 5,943 feet
Accumulated Gain 6,447 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 29.88
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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Sun  5:31am - 7:20pm
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🔥 2017 Frye Fire48.4k
🔥 2004 Nuttall30k
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This is an abandoned trail starting on Marijilda Creek at the base of Mount Graham, that climbs the Gibson Creek drainage up to Forest Road 507 (closed to public), near 10,370 foot Plain View Peak, just south of Mount Graham itself. The top 0.8 miles of this trail (above 9800 feet) are within the Mount Graham Red Squirrel Refugium, which is closed to all public entry. The Gibson Canyon Trail is likely very difficult to follow, due to extensive damage from the 2004 Gibson Fire (Nuttall Complex), and lack of maintenance. Connects with the Round The Mountain Trail #302 at the 5600 foot level, and the Deadman-Highline Trail #325 at the 10,000 foot level. Starts in mesquite and prickly pear, and ends in (burned) spruce-fir forest, passing a 100 foot seasonal waterfall along the way. Statistics listed include a 1.2 mile hike on Forest Road 57 at the bottom, due to Forest Road 57 being washed out at the Marijilda Creek crossing.

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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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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 for approximately 3.3 miles to milepost 117. Turn right onto Forest Road 57 at milepost 117. Follow Forest Road 57 for about 2.6 miles, to where it effectively ends at a washed out creek crossing (Marijilda Creek). There is room to turn around here, and space for several vehicles. The hike continues north on Forest Road 57, past the washed out creek crossing. Follow Forest Road 57 to its end, where the Gibson Canyon Trail #308 begins.
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