Clifton Peak is a 2 mile round trip hike with 1,200 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 28 miles northeast of Safford Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. November and February are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Overview: "Volcano's Vengeance" 4582 foot Clifton Peak rises sharply above Clifton, Arizona. Guarded by cliffs and steep slopes covered in loose talus, this old volcano affords a fantastic view of the surrounding area. There is no trail but the best routes to the peak are likely via the northwest ridge or heading up to the saddle just east of the peak. The last couple of hundred feet of climbing to the rocky summit requires some scrambling on steep rock outcrops, but it doesn't appear technical. Plan on 2+ hours for a round trip hike. Avoid this shadeless peak in summer.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.