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Guindani Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,850 feet
Elevation Gain 941 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,037 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.44
 Backpack TBD
unreported if dogs are allowed
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21  2020-05-13
Guindani Cottonwood Saddle
24  2015-02-14 winotron
5  2012-12-01
Cottonwood Saddle
29  2012-09-19 ArizonaBob
11  2012-01-21
Cochise Stronghold Trail #279
15  2011-01-25 SkyIslander18
13  2010-03-14 The_Eagle
10  2009-09-16 PrestonSands
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author avatar Guides 93
Routes 396
Photos 4,185
Trips 3,480 map ( 22,615 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:17am - 5:53pm
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Caves are for bats!
by fricknaley

I have always been interested in the Whetstone mountains as I've traveled down AZ-90 to Sierra Vista and the Huachucas. I finally quit messing around and did some research and found that there is at least one trail there. It's a nice short loop that starts in Kartchner Caverns State Park, but 99% is in Coronado National Forest.

Guindani trailhead starts in the parking lot and immediately comes to a gate marking the national forest boundary. Shortly enough you come to a signed intersection pointing to your right for the Guindani trail. Hang right and follow an old jeep road for a while. You soon enter Guindani canyon/wash and start climbing along with it. This is a nice riparian corridor with plenty of surprisingly green trees along the way and birds testing out their pipes. Before long the jeep trail ends and the trail continues as a footpath crossing over the wash several times. You will eventually climb out of the wash/canyon and come to a signed intersection: Guindani to left and Cottonwood to right (not sure where that goes just yet).

Anyway, hang left and the trail starts switchbacking up the southern sidewall of the canyon. This is the only tough part of the hike, but it's easily manageable enough. After climbing, passing through a couple of gates, and enjoying the ever-improving scenery you kind of stumble upon a saddle quite suddenly. I did not know what to expect here and was very pleasantly surprised to find excellent views all around - especially the southwest portion of the range, which is very scenic. Nice spot to hang around for a bit and eat a sandwich.

It's all downhill the rest of the way with nice views of the Huachucas and Dragoons. Before long you are back at the originally signed intersection where you started. Follow signs back to Kartchner and the parking lot.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2005-04-07 fricknaley
    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 $$
    AZ State Parks more info
    2021 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30

    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 hike
    From Tucson head south/east on I-10 to exit # 302 for AZ-90 South to Sierra Vista. After about 7 miles the turnoff for Kartchner Caverns is on your right. Follow the road through the park (following signs to the trailhead) until it ends. Trailhead is here.

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