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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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Sun  6:46am - 5:17pm
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3,711 ft
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1,900 ft
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Snowshed & Greenhouse Loop
Snowshed & Greenhouse Loop
2.1 mi away
14.5 mi
4,546 ft
Herb Martyr #247
2.2 mi away
2.7 mi
2,234 ft
Cave Creek Nature Trail #603
Cave Creek Nature Trail #603
2.3 mi away
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Silver Peak Trail #280
Silver Peak Trail #280
2.3 mi away
8.8 mi
3,124 ft
Basin Trail #600
Basin Trail #600
2.6 mi away
4.5 mi
1,004 ft
Greenhouse Trail #248
Greenhouse Trail #248
3.2 mi away
3.4 mi
2,394 ft
Horseshoe Ridge Trail #282
3.6 mi away
3.1 mi
1,433 ft
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Overview: 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 #270 in the direction of Chiricahua Peak, and turning left heads you south to Juniper Spring on the Crest Trail.

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