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Snowshed Trail #246, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 7.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,331 feet
Elevation Gain 3,928 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,250 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 22.01
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Preferred May, Oct, Sep, Aug
Sun  5:39am - 7:04pm
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5 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2011 Horseshoe 2 Fire158.9 mi*
🔥 1994 Rattlesnake Fire50.4 mi*
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*perimeter length in miles

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Good views of Cave Creek Canyon make this trail an excellent way to get acquainted with the cliffs, caves, pinnacles, and peaks that give this scenic valley its unique character. The trail leaves the main road in Cave Creek Canyon, at a trailhead that is convenient to all the campgrounds located there. It then follows Snowshed Ridge, an ascent that is relatively moderate in its initial stretches, as it climbs toward the Chiricahua high country. The views start right from the trailhead and continue all along the route making this trail a good one to follow even if you don't have the inclination to traverse all of its 10.1 miles.

As Snowshed Trail nears the peak for which it is named, the gradient steepens and trailside vegetation changes from pinyon, oak, and madrone to more high country species such as ponderosa pine and aspen. About a half-mile beyond Deer Spring is a trail junction that presents three alternative routes. Turning to the right (northeast) takes you to Snowshed Peak along a course that offers better views than the summit itself. On the slopes of Snowshed Peak, switchbacks are the rule as the trail traverses old talus slides presenting birds-eye views of Cave Creek Canyon and its South Fork. Continuing straight at the junction takes you west to the Crest Trail #270A in the direction of Chiricahua Peak, and turning left heads you south to Juniper Spring.

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    Map Drive

    To Snowshed Trailhead
    From I-10 & Portal Rd

    1. Head south on S Noland Rd/Portal Rd toward Sipes Rd
    Continue to follow S Noland Rd 17.0 mi

    2. Continue straight onto Montgomery Rd/S Noland
    Rd/Paradise Rd 302 ft

    3. Slight left onto Foothills Rd 8.3 mi
    4. Turn right onto Portal Rd 1.3 mi
    5. Slight left onto 42 Forest Rd/Forest Rd
    Continue to follow 42 Forest Rd 4.1 mi

    6. Turn left onto W Hidden Terrace Rd
    Destination will be on the left 0.1

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 4 h 13 min (268 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 2 h 42 min (159 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 6 h 21 min (412 miles)
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