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Cottonwood Trail #233, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 4.87 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,925 feet
Elevation Gain 1,131 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,656 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.39
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Sun  6:43am - 5:20pm
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This primitive trail leads into an area of red-rock bluffs and wide canyons. Low peaks with sheer cliff faces and scrub-covered slopes define the horizon, as this roughly defined route snakes along intermittent watercourses and up and over the manzanita- and oak-clad ridges that separate them. Some of the climbs are steep here and the trail can be hard to follow, but views that stretch into Mexico are the reward for your diligence and effort. Remember, this is a primitive trail, which means that the level of maintenance is low. Come prepared to be responsible for finding your own way and be ready to take some time to do it. Because this area is relatively low in elevation, exposed and south facing slopes can be quite hot. Since natural sources of water are unreliable, be sure to bring plenty of your own. This is an area that was used heavily in the mid 1800's by the U. S. Army during their campaign against Geronimo, but it's doubtful that you will see any evidence of that aspect of its history. The Cottonwood Trail dead ends at private land, so through hikes are not possible.[1]

Cross-country route, remote setting, primitive trails, good views. This trail is maintained in a primitive condition. Using it safely requires appropriate skills and equipment. 4.2 miles of the Cottonwood Trail are within the Chiricahua Wilderness. USGS Map(s): Swede Peak


1. There is an old closed road which runs north from the eastern trailhead to Price Canyon Road. It is easily possible to walk this road entirely on public land to the (completely unmarked) trailhead, bypassing any private inholdings.

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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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From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which will become FR 74. Follow this road to FR 718 and turn left to the trail at the end of the road. There is no public access on the east end. These roads are rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick when wet. There is flash flood danger at water crossings following summer and winter storms.
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