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Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail #298, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,132 feet
Elevation Gain -420 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.4
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2016-07-17
Merrill Peak 9288
8  2016-06-05
Ice Cave: Pinalenos
15  2008-05-18 PrestonSands
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:50am - 5:19pm
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Nearby Area Water
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2.4 mi
370 ft
Merrill Peak 9288
Merrill Peak 9288
0.3 mi away
1.3 mi
523 ft
Riggs Flat Campground
Riggs Flat Campground
0.3 mi away
Riggs Flat Lake
0.4 mi away
Lakeshore Trail #340
Lakeshore Trail #340
0.6 mi away
0.7 mi
40 ft
Jesus Babcock Trail #321
Jesus Babcock Trail #321
0.6 mi away
2.0 mi
583 ft
Grand View Peak
Grand View Peak
0.6 mi away
1.7 mi
327 ft
Clark Peak
0.9 mi away
2.5 mi
647 ft
Nuttall Ridge Trail #319
Nuttall Ridge Trail #319
0.9 mi away
Blair Canyon Trail #304
Blair Canyon Trail #304
1.1 mi away
2.5 mi
-675 ft
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Please Jesus, send a trail crew.
by PrestonSands

The Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail #298 is a scenic "trail to nowhere", on the west end of the Pinaleno Mountains. Once a connecting route between the top of the range and the Sulphur Springs Valley below, the Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail was reduced to its current length by severe damage resulting from the 1996 Clark Peak Fire. Route finding ability is required on this unmaintained and rather faint old trail.

State highway 366, which provides access to this hike, is closed yearly due to snow from November 15 through April 15, about 10.8 miles before the trailhead.

In 1878 soldiers from nearby Fort Grant constructed a wagon road up Jesus Goudy Ridge in order to obtain logs for use in construction of the fort's buildings. This old wagon road can be seen paralleling the Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail in many places.

The trail begins on a switchback above Riggs Lake, behind a sign that says "trail closed 1 mile". The faint Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail leaves the road behind and makes a gradual descent along a forested hillside. Fallen trees frequently block the trail. The overgrown route of the 1878 wagon road is barely visible, slightly downslope of the trail.

A third of a mile in, the trail reaches a "T" junction, where a wooden sign indicates simply "trail". Go right (southeast). The left fork is an old trail alignment that leads back to the Swift Trail, and is very hard to follow.

As you head southeast from the "T" junction, stay on course by watching carefully for faded blazes in the towering fir trees. The Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail almost immediately reaches a saddle, where it turns south to descend the east side of Jesus Goudy Ridge.

The trail makes a gradual descent along the ridge, where occasional breaks in the lightly burned forest allow for views of the south slope of the Pinaleno Mountains. In some places the old wagon road can be seen, about thirty feet upslope from the trail.

Just after the one mile point, the tree cover gives way to outstanding panoramic views, as the trail enters a heavily burned area. The trail grows faint in the post fire chaparral, but cairns mark the way.

Finally, at 1.2 miles, the Jesus Goudy Ridge Trail encounters a "trail closed" sign, where the hike effectively ends, in a disaster area of fallen logs, chaparral and thorny brush. Continuing further is a painful and pointless bushwhack, as the trail has reverted to nature.

    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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    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 (which turns into forest road 803) approximately 32.6 miles to a switchback curve in the road (0.7 miles before the turnoff for Riggs Lake). On the outside curve of the switchback, there is a brown wooden sign indicating "trail closed 1 mile". The trail starts at the sign. There is a single parking spot on the switchback, but more parking is available 0.1 miles before (east of) the switchback.
    page created by PrestonSands on May 25 2008 7:45 pm
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