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Coyote Peak - Pinal County, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.83 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,055 feet
Elevation Gain 915 feet
Accumulated Gain 929 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.48
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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24  2023-03-23 Mike_W
48  2017-03-02
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author avatar Guides 59
Routes 91
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Trips 241 map ( 1,370 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:25pm
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the "other" Coyote peak
by Mike_W

Coyote peak in Pinal County is not to be confused with the much larger Coyote Peak in the Coyote Mountains. From the parking area, it is an open country hike to a ridgeline, then a hike up the ridgeline following a barbed wire fence to a rocky peak. To the East is private property and a ranch called Coyote Ranch. Although there is no formal trail, cows have grazed much of the area, so the brush isn't bad at all.

From my parking spot, here, I walked north and within roughly a hundred feet, I saw a road that was apparently used for a high-pressure gas line. There were a few signs indicating this. I followed the road northeast for about 1/2 mile that I realized this road was going too far to the east. From here, I decided to start my "open country" hike and head north. After heading north for about 200 feet, I saw a barbed wire fence. I didn't see any way around this, so I went under the fence and kept hiking north toward Coyote peak. The hike through the open country terrain was pleasant. There were a lot of teddy bear chollas, but I didn't have to get close to any of them, as there was a lot of open space. There was also a lot of dry grass that had been trampled over, probably by cattle. It was easy to find a clear path through. I suppose we can thank the cattle for grazing and clearing this area.

Looking to the east I saw 2 saddles. I decided to aim for the northern saddle on the ridgeline going to the peak and that worked out well. When I got to the top of the ridge I kept heading up, and after a few minutes, I saw another barbed wire fence that was going right up the middle of the ridgeline. I assumed that the private property was east of the fence and that public land was west of the fence, but it wasn't clear to me what the first barbed wire fence was for. I kept working my way up, stepping around many wildflowers including lupine, orange and yellow poppies, Arizona daisies, blue chia, and more. Even though there were so many flowers, I didn't want to step on any if I didn't have to.

I made it to the peak which contained a lot of rock and also found a glass jar registry with entries going back as far as 1995. Near the top, there were some birds nesting and I didn't get a close look, but they were probably turkey vultures. I also saw evidence of cattle making it nearly all the way to the peak but didn't see any cattle anywhere on this hike. It is incredible how these cattle can climb these steeper grades.

On the way down, I decided to follow the barbed wire fence all the way and it ended at a corral on private property. Then, the fence turned west and paralleled the road. I followed this fence 600 feet past where I parked to see if there was an opening or end to it and I wasn't so lucky. Anyway, I ducked under the fence and walked back over to where I parked to complete my hike.

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2023-03-25 Mike_W
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Tucson: Drive highway AZ-77 north to Oracle junction. Turn left, taking highway AZ-79 north from Oracle junction roughly 20.8 miles to E. Freeman Road, and make a right. Follow this graded dirt road for roughly 6.35 miles and find a place to park off the road, northside preferred, on the public land, before reaching the "private land" sign. At times I was able to go as fast as 40 MPH on this dirt road. From here you will walk north. The road appears to be possible with any passenger car, but there are some ruts on the road that would be easier handled with a high-clearance vehicle. I didn't have to turn my 4-wheel drive on for this drive. It may be tricky to find a parking space off the road with simply a passenger car.
    page created by Mike_W on Mar 25 2023 11:52 pm
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