over the rainbow
Road to Nowhere - FR 861 is a 4.6 mile round trip hike with 800 feet elevation gain. Located 11 miles south-southwest of Safford Arizona. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to access the trailhead.
Known locally as the Road to Nowhere, Forest Road 861 was started in the early 70's using prison labor and was to be a "new" road up to the top of the Graham mountains (Pinalenos). The project stalled when funding ran out and the road was never completed.
The first 2 miles can be driven, but is much more enjoyable & scenic to hike with many outstanding overlooks down onto the Gila valley below along the way. The last 0.3 miles must be hiked as it rounds the mountain.
Check out the Official Route.
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.