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Arcadia Trail #328, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Safford
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,986 feet
Elevation Gain 2,830 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,831 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.33
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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18  2018-04-15 DarthStiller
8  2018-04-15 Tortoise_Hiker
7  2017-02-27 Oregon_Hiker
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Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CG
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15  2011-05-28 SkyIslander18
3  2010-07-31 robxxx
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:53am - 5:16pm
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Arcadia Nature Trail
Arcadia Nature Trail
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0.5 mi
100 ft
Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CG
Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CG
0.0 mi away
10.0 mi
3,489 ft
Arcadia Campground
0.1 mi away
Jacobson Sawmill
Jacobson Sawmill
0.3 mi away
1.5 mi
90 ft
Wet Canyon
Wet Canyon
0.5 mi away
2.0 mi
950 ft
Noon Creek Cutoff Trail
0.6 mi away
1.6 mi
316 ft
Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318
Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318
0.9 mi away
2.6 mi
1,911 ft
Mount Baldy Peak 8359 - Pinaleno Mtns
Mount Baldy Peak 8359 - Pinaleno Mtns
1.2 mi away
2.3 mi
857 ft
Ladybug Peak from Turkey Flat TH
Ladybug Peak from Turkey Flat TH
1.2 mi away
4.0 mi
1,579 ft
Twilight Spring
Twilight Spring
1.3 mi away
2.0 mi
170 ft
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Because of the notable views it offers, Arcadia Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail, placing it among the most outstanding trails in the nation. Most people travel this popular pathway from Shannon Campground to Arcadia because it's mostly downhill in that direction. The course it follows winds in and out of stands of trees that are made up mostly of Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce and quaking aspen on the upper end, while changing gradually to ponderosa pine and silverleaf oak on more southern facing slopes as the trail nears Arcadia Campground.

Near the upper trailhead there is an area that has been logged and remains relatively open where you may find some tasty wild raspberries if you come in late summer. Beyond a series of switchbacks at about a mile from the trailhead, Heliograph Trail #328A climbs to the top of Heliograph Peak where the rugged landscape of southeastern Arizona forms a sweeping, unbroken panorama. Many who use this trail take this spur and follow the Heliograph Road back to Shannon Camp for a loop of about 4 miles.


As the trail drops toward Arcadia it provides good views of distant peaks and nearby canyons. Just above Arcadia Campground, the trail crosses a small drainage shaded by riparian species such as box elder and bigtooth maple. There are usually some colorful wildflowers here as well. Watch for black bears and white-tailed deer along the trail, and for Aberts squirrels scurrying among the trees.

Note: Heliograph Peak Trail #328A and Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318 branch off the Arcadia Trail.

Hikes to consider:
- 3.2mi / 1024ft Heliograph Peak via Shannon GC
- 10mi / 3322ft Heliograph Peak via Arcadia CG
- 4.25mi / 1030ft Heliograph Peak Loop
- 8.5mi / 2550ft Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318


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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 Arcadia Trailhead
From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. The trailhead is at the Upper Arcadia Campground and Picnic Area off Swift Trail (AZ 366) 11.5 miles from the AZ 366/US 191 intersection. The trailhead is at the rear of Upper Arcadia Campground, next to the group campsite, just past the signed main Campground. The small gravel road breaks off to your right at the curve in the Swift Trail (366) just above the campground. It is easy to miss.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 3 h 12 min without traffic
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 4 min without traffic
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 4 h 54 min without traffic
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