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Road to Nowhere - FR 861, AZ
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 Safford
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,695 feet
Elevation Gain 800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.6
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15  2017-01-17 SkyIslander18
1  2016-09-14 fricknaley
14  2014-01-23 SkyIslander18
8  2013-08-28 PrestonSands
7  2013-08-28 SkyIslander18
4  2013-05-14 SkyIslander18
8  2012-07-10 outdoor_lover
15  2012-06-03
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Forest Coronado
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Sun  5:14am - 7:18pm
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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Route Scout App Import ID
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Helldive Spring
0.8 mi away
0.5 mi
100 ft
Noon Creek Picnic Area
1.2 mi away
Goat Tank - Pinaleno Mtns
1.3 mi away
1.3 mi
100 ft
Jacobson Canyon
1.3 mi away
3.0 mi
967 ft
John's Dam
1.3 mi away
0.6 mi
100 ft
Noon Creek Canyon Loop
1.3 mi away
1.8 mi
489 ft
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Fauna
Gopher Snake
Scorpion
Sonoran Desert Toad
Sonoran Lyresnake
Tarantula
Western Banded Gecko
White Tailed Deer
Flora
Parry's Agave
Named place
Deadman Peak 6731
Deadman Peak 7505
Gila Valley
Safford
Culture
Graffiti
over the rainbow
by SkyIslander18

Overview
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.


Hike
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.

SkyIslander18
    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.

    Permit $$
    None

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


    Directions
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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 for 5.8 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 861. Take FR 861 for .3 miles to large parking area on the right.
    page created by SkyIslander18 on Mar 01 2012 8:31 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    stay out of the scorching sun
    prehydrate & stay hydrated
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