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Ida Peak Trail #274, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 3.67 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,041 feet
Elevation Gain 2,152 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,376 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11.59
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Ida Peak FR357 Loop
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4  2017-03-12 Roberto
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🔥 2011 Horseshoe 2 Fire158.9 mi*
🔥 2005 Barfoot11.0 mi*
🔥 1994 Rattlesnake Fire50.4 mi*
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If you begin your trip at the northern trailhead, on FR 42, you'll start among scrub oak and yucca on a dry slope and climb 2,000 feet, first to Ida Saddle and then to Barfoot Park. Vegetation along lower stretches of the trail is stunted enough to provide occasional views of the rocky bluffs and forested slopes that hem in Pinery Canyon. Switchbacks rule along much of this part of the trail as it climbs from oak-juniper woodlands into a mature pine forest. However, it first passes through an old burned area that in 1953 was the site of a large fire called the Ida Burn. The burn is marked with a sign, and nature is well on its way to reforesting the area. Above the burn, one of the most impressive stands of pines in the Chiricahuas shades the trail and carpets it with pine needles. At Ida Saddle, you may choose to bushwhack your way along game trails and rough pathways over to the twin summits of Ida Peak (the easternmost one has the best view). From the saddle, it's a reasonably easy mile to Barfoot Park and trail's end.

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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 Tucson, take I-10 east 81 miles. Turn right (south) on AZ 186 and continue for 23 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 4 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 42. Continue up Pinery Canyon 6 miles to FR 42C and the northern trailhead. Or, continue up FR 42, turn right on 42D, and right on FR 357 to the southern trailhead (high clearance vehicle recommended). Forest Roads 42 is a gravel road suitable for passenger vehicles. This road is open from April through November. The road is not plowed and is usually closed following early or late season snowstorms. This road is rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick after a rain.
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