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Clifton Peak, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Safford
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,467 feet
Elevation Gain 1,113 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Peak
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Preferred   Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan
Sun  6:47am - 5:16pm
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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.

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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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    To hike
    From Safford, head east on Highway 70/191. 10 miles from Safford, the highway splits, turn left onto Highway 191 and follow it for another 23.75 miles to a highway junction known as 3-Way (old drive-in movie theater and store). Turn left to remain on Highway 191. From the 3-Way junction, head north on highway 191 for approximately 9.4 miles to milepost 163.9, in the town of Clifton (this point is just after crossing the 2nd railroad track and before the Circle K store). At milepost 163.9, turn right onto Zorilla Street, then make an immediate left onto Frisco Avenue. Frisco Avenue crosses a bridge over the San Francisco River at 0.55 miles, and becomes the San Francisco River Road (unsigned). Follow the San Francisco River Road 0.3 miles past the bridge to a large pulloff/parking area on the left, where the road bends right (0.8 miles from highway 191). Park and head southwest up the broad ridge toward Clifton Peak.
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