Pete Mountain, AZ | HikeArizona
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Pete Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,250 feet
Elevation Gain 470 feet
Accumulated Gain 980 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.17
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
unreported if dogs are allowed
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4  2019-12-21
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author avatar Guides 9
Routes 175
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Trips 220 map ( 3,727 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
Associated Areas
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Tucson Region
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Preferred Nov, Mar, Feb, Dec
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:36am - 6:30pm
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Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2005 Florida Fire23.2k
Nearby Area Water
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steer clear of the sheer cliffs
by ShatteredArm

 Likely In-Season!
Pete Mountain is a minor summit on a long ridge connecting Mount Hopkins, Agua Caliente Saddle, and Elephant Head. There is an unofficial trail from Agua Caliente Saddle to Pete Mountain, which affords excellent views of the Santa Rita high country and the Santa Cruz valley.
You first have to get to Agua Caliente Saddle from Agua Caliente TH (~2.7 miles) or Madera Canyon (~1.8 miles via Vault Mine Trail). Either way is a significant effort, so factor this into your plans.

At the saddle, the unmarked trail heads west along the ridge, quickly gaining a minor summit where there are some rocks with etchings of a bear.

As the trail continues along the ridge, there are a couple of spots where it is easy to get off the track, but it is usually near the crest. If you're heading down the side of the ridge rather than along it, you're probably off track.

The first half mile or so is a net elevation loss. The low point of the route is a large saddle where there are some pine trees and a decent campsite. From here, it is a steep 500-foot climb to the summit of Pete Mountain. The trail generally stays on the south side of the ridge at this point, but if you lose the trail, it's probably best not to go too far south, as there is a sheer cliff on that side of the peak.

At the summit (marked by a large cairn with a register), the trail ends, and the vegetation is generally transitional scrub like holly, manzanita, juniper, etc. To the west, you can see the Baboquivari Mountains, and to the east you see Mount Hopkins, Mount Wrightson, and the Santa Rita crest.

Water Sources
There are no water sources along this trail. If you start at Agua Caliente TH, there is seasonal water in Agua Caliente Canyon.

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2020-01-01 ShatteredArm

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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)

    Paved - Car Okay

    To Madera Canyon Trailhead
    From Tucson: I-19 south to exit 63 Continental. At the end of the exit take a left and follow brown signs to Madera Canyon. You'll be taking White House Canyon Road 13.2 miles to Madera Canyon.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 152 mi - about 2 hours 31 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 42.3 mi - about 55 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 295 mi - about 4 hours 37 mins
    page created by ShatteredArm on Jan 01 2020 10:37 am

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