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Sala Benchmark - Dragoon Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,916 feet
Elevation Gain 1,245 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,360 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.7
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2023-01-27 DixieFlyer
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:48am - 6:17pm
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Chips and Sala
by DixieFlyer

The Sala Benchmark (elevation of 7,144 feet and prominence of 1,264 feet) is near Tombstone, AZ in the Dragoon Mountains. This unnamed peak is marked as "7144" on topographic maps.

From the parking area, ascend west up a slope to a ridgeline at the top of the slope. There is a fence at the cattle guard where you park; you'll want to be on the left side of the fence as you ascend. The slope is somewhat steep, but it is short (you'll gain about 200 feet of elevation in 0.15 miles). There is a bit of vegetation on the slope, but anything sharp or pointy is easy to walk around.

Once on the ridgeline follow a well-defined use trail for about 1.5 miles, at which point you will be just below the Sala Benchmark. Go off-trail for a short distance (about 0.05 miles) to the summit.

The use trail generally stays to the left of the top of the ridgeline, thus reducing some of the ups-and-downs along the ridgeline.

At the summit, there are nice 360-degree views of the southeastern Arizona sky island ranges. The benchmark and both reference marks are stamped "Sala". There is also a metal height-of-light pole at the summit that is standing.

Return the way that you came.

This short hike is scenic and will give you a good workout.

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2023-01-29 DixieFlyer
    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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    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The trailhead is at Middlemarch Pass (31.86902, -109.95383).

    From Highway 80 about 1.5 miles northwest of Tombstone, turn on N. Middlemarch Road and travel 13.9 miles to the trailhead, which is just across a cattle gate. There is a place to park along the left side of the road, or you could turn onto a side road to your right and park there.

    The road is a well graded dirt road, although it gets a bit rougher in the last couple of miles. If the road is dry a crossover SUV should be able to make the drive.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Jan 29 2023 7:22 am

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