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Jesus Babcock Trail #321, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,750 feet
Elevation Gain -450 feet
Accumulated Gain 583 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.92
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2006-07-02 PrestonSands
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 169
Routes 148
Photos 5,615
Trips 1,498 map ( 7,586 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:12am - 7:31pm
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Trail to nowhere
by PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
This short trail leaves Riggs Lake campground in the Pinaleno Mountains, travels through some beautiful forest, and dead ends on a high brushy ridge with some great views of Sulphur Springs Valley.

I arrived at Riggs Lake late in the afternoon, wanting to do one more hike before heading home for the day. After inquiring with the campground host, I parked at the end of the campground loop and headed west into the woods, following a faint path and yellow tape tied around trees. The ground was wet from a recent rain, and the carpet of fir needles beneath my feet had a spongy feel to it. Before long the trail left the thickly wooded area, and arrived on a narrow brushy ridge that was covered in fallen logs from an old wildfire. Turning around, I saw Merrill Peak, named for an early forest service employee of the area. The topo map showed the trail continuing down the ridge until it stopped at a point about a mile from the campground. The trail was growing increasingly faint, and soon disappeared completely, so I gave up trying to fight the thick brush. I stopped to watch a dust storm blowing across Sulphur Springs Valley, and to look out over the rugged western slopes of the Pinalenos. The Galiuro Mountains looked as if they were a thousand miles away across the vast sea of desert.

As I turned around to head back, a thunderstorm rolled in and it began to sprinkle. Wanting to get off the exposed ridge in case of lightning, I quickened my pace. The sprinkle turned into a downpour as I neared the trees, and several blasts of thunder echoed off the nearby peaks. When the campground came into view, I turned left and headed for a rocky overlook nearby. With rain pouring down on me, I watched the setting sun turn the rain curtain around me a deep orange. Although the trail itself wasn’t that exciting, the interaction of clouds and earth made up for it.

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2006-07-19 PrestonSands
    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 $$

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

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 approximately 32 miles to the Riggs Lake turnoff. Turn left, enter the campground, and follow the paved campground loop road past Riggs Lake. The unsigned trail begins where the road makes a 180 degree turn to the left. Look for yellow tape tied around the trees as trail markers.
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