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Cochise Stronghold Nature Trail, AZ

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Distance Loop 0.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,916 feet
Accumulated Gain 59 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.65
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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2  2020-04-10
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279
25  2018-05-20
Cochise Stronghold
5  2016-12-26
Cochise Stronghold Campground
30  2016-12-26
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279
15  2016-01-30
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279
12  2015-09-28 AZWanderingBear
Author AZWanderingBear
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 61
Photos 2,620
Trips 700 map ( 4,689 miles )
Age 65 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:13am - 7:26pm
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Getting a Strong Hold on the Nature of Things
by AZWanderingBear

This little hike is a quick informative loop. The significant trees, shrubs, and plants of the Dragoon Mountains and the Cochise Stronghold are introduced and explained via the trail's abundant signage.

Cochise Stronghold is an important fixture in the history of the Southwest. Chief Cochise led his small band of Apaches in an effective guerrilla campaign against the US Army for several years. His strategic and tactical brilliance was enhanced by the Apache's intimate knowledge of the geography and abundance of land that the whites found inhospitable. To understand the history, you must understand the landscape of the Stronghold.

Cross the bridge at the southeastern corner of the Cochise Stronghold Campground. Take a moment to read the plaque to the left. A bench awaits at the other side of the bridge. Go left and follow the well-marked trail. Signs will explain the various plants you will encounter and their uses by both the animals of the Dragoons and the Apaches. Banana Yucca is abundant, as are other yucca species. Oaks, pines, sycamores, and juniper provided shade and were resources as well. Clumps of Bear Grass dot the landscape, good cordage if you know how to use it.

About halfway around the loop, the trail splits off to the Cochise Trail. Stay right and follow the nature trail through more informative signage back to where you began.

Back across the bridge at the southwestern corner of the campground is a paved interpretive that explains the area's history in detail. It is well worth your time and expands on the knowledge offered along the nature trail.

Water Sources
Water is not available at the campground. However, restrooms are available at the trailhead.

The Cochise Stronghold Campground is an intimate shaded campground. It is available on a first-come basis with nine sites with tent pads and picnic tables. There are also 2 group sites as well. The area and campground are popular with birders as well as hikers.

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2015-10-05 AZWanderingBear
    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 $$

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

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Tucson, go east on I-10 to Exit 318. Follow Dragoon Road to the intersection with Highway 191. Proceed south on Highway 191 to Ironwood Road. Take Ironwood Road west until it ends at the Cochise Stronghold Campground.
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