Off the beaten path
Legal public access is from Helvetia Road on the Southeast side.
Houghton NW Access
Crosses private land. Do not break the law.
I rounded-up my hiking buddies and we set off. The hike is a scramble across numerous hills and valleys. You pass through a small forest of saguaros on the South face of one slope (rare to see at this altitude). Mt Fagan is sort of a double peak, with the lessor peak being to the West, this is what you're aiming at. We got on the shoulder of that Western peak and decided to skirt the top of it and traverse the North side. Once we were around that there was another false summit to traverse. We ended up on a saddle between this false peak and the main peak. It was one more scramble up to the actual summit. On top we had great views of the whole Tucson valley. I noticed to the South, there was another road at the base of the peak that may have gotten us closer, but the route would have been steeper.
This is a great seldom-climbed peak to do if your looking to get away from the crowds and do something "out there". Mt Fagan is 6189'. GPS showed our vertical gain of 2149. I'm unsure of the distance, but I would estimate 8-10 miles round trip. There is a SAHC register at the top.-->
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