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Cerro Prieto, SO

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 1.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 13 feet
Elevation Gain 396 feet
Accumulated Gain 430 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.7
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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22  2023-04-10 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 93
Photos 3,872
Trips 244 map ( 1,392 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:31am - 7:34pm
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What the surface of the dark side of the moon might look like
by Mike_W

Cerro Prieto is a hill of dark lava rock, just under 500 feet high, about a 20-minute drive from the Sandy Beach area of Rocky Point, and about 1 mile southeast of Laguna Shores Resort. Some construction roads are going up this hill on the northeast side, but these roads don't go to the top. However, it is fairly easy to walk the ridgeline to the summit. From the summit, you'll be only 1 km from the ocean and there are some nice views all around.

Cerro Prieto is Spanish for Dark Hill. I hiked another peak in Arizona with the same name a few months ago. Both places had a lot of lava rock. This particular hill is unique because it is very close to the ocean with nice views all around.

My original plan was to hike Cerro La Choya and I knew it was a short one. While looking at the map I discovered this hill which was only about a 20-minute drive up the road, so I decided to combine this hill with Cerro La Choya and do both on the same day.

I started off this hike heading toward a construction road going up the hill. This road was rather rocky in some parts but it was easy to follow. After following this road for 0.4 miles, the road turned right and didn't seem to go to the summit. Instead, I turned left at this point and then started my rock scramble. The terrain was not steep and easy to walk up. The rocks were stable for the most part. Within a few minutes, I reached the top. There wasn't much brush at all. During the entire hike, I think I saw a few ocotillo plants, one cactus, and a lot of dead-looking small plants. There was a radio tower near the top and great views of the ocean. I could see Laguna Shores Resort to the northwest.

After exploring the peak and walking down to where the radio towers were, I decided to do another rock scramble going north and down to the road which appeared to continue east back to where I first left the road. The road scramble ended up being about 500 feet. Then, once I hit the road, I followed it east for about 0.2 miles and it connected back to the area where I first turned off the road. I continued down the road the same way I came up to get back to my starting point.

If you need a comfortable place to stay in this area, I have a one-bedroom oceanfront condo at the Sonoran Sea Resort that I rent out. You can find more information on the website which is in my profile, or just send me a private message.

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2023-04-11 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 the Sandy Beach area, it's about a 15-minute drive. Take Blvd Costa Diamonte North toward the Quick Stop. Go around the circle and continue north for 6.7 more km. Look for your next left which should be Cerro Prieto Shores. This appears to be a new development that is being built. It is a dirt road but it is graded very well and should be fine for a passenger car when dry. Take this road 1.37 miles (2.2 km) west and turn right going north. Continue for less than 0.2 miles and turn left on another road going west. Continue west for 0.25 miles and look for a road going south. Continue south for 250 feet and look for a place to park off the road. This is a good place to start your hike.

    Alternate driving directions: Instead of turning left at Cerro Prieto Shores, continue North for 0.25 more miles and there will be a new housing development. I talked to the security guard here, and told him where I planned on going and he let me through. On the way out, he told me I was supposed to enter at the road south of where I entered, which I believe is Cerro Prieto Shores.
    page created by Mike_W on Apr 11 2023 6:17 pm
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