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Cochise Middlemarch Trail, AZ
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Cochise Middlemarch Trail, AZ 
Cochise Middlemarch Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2019
markthurman53
Hiking13.97 Miles 3,048 AEG
Hiking13.97 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.44 mph
3,048 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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And now for something completely different (for you Monte Python Fans). Still a hike, not that different but hiking in the Dragoons and on actual trails for a change. I had not been to the Dragoons in over 20 years and like then they did not disappoint. After the Chiricahua Mountains I was beginning to think I could no longer do the longer hikes on the short days. I found that on actual trails I could still manage a 2.5 MPH moving pace (of coarse the next day my joints are begging to differ). The trails were pretty empty with the exception of a couple hikers near the east trail head. Finished the hike around 2 in the afternoon. There is a lot of interesting Apache history in the Dragoons and the Chiricahua Mountains, I found myself contemplating what it must of been like for Cochise living in this area. Cochise was an interesting man who made the Dragoons his stronghold and is only fitting that he was buried somewhere here.

The trails are in excellent condition, leaving you time to ponder and enjoy the scenery. Due to the recent rains the creeks had water in them intermittently and the tanks full. I started on the Cochise Trail from the East trail head and went the almost 5 miles to the West trail head. There were a couple of campers at the west end. The climb to Cochise divide is steeper from the west end but good trail design and maintenance made it fairly easy. Halfmoon tank was filled to overflowing (trickle overflow). As a side trip I took the Middlemarch Trail south to Middlemarch Canyon. This trail is fairly steep going up to the saddle with about 800 feet of elevation gain. The trail follows an old road so it tends to attack the hill straight on. At the southern trail head in Middlemarch Canyon is a dirt road that appears to be in pretty good condition making taking this trail from the south quite feasible.

There are not a lot of long distance views along this trail, although at a couple of points Rincon Peak to the west and Mount Graham to the north were visible. Most of the viewing entertainment was very close up. The rocks outcrops interlaced with Oak, pine and juniper made for interesting scenery. This is definitely a winter time area to hike.

Cochise Spring was running
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Halfmoon Tank
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
a little but probably a week late
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Wildflowers Observation None
I saw 1, count em, Indian paintbrush

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Halfmoon Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Trail 277 Spring Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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