Join Trail Ambassador Lucky Brunstein on a fun and scenic hike on a historic trail north of Safford in Eastern Arizona!
Built in 1874, this historic trail was used by early settlers to haul products to the booming mining towns and is now a segment of the Grand Enchantment Trail. The trail winds through the rugged and dramatic high desert canyons of the Gila and Turtle Mountains. The route promises prehistoric cliff dwellings, remnants of early homesteads, majestic rock outcroppings, and sweeping views.
We’ll car camp close to the trailhead on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, we’ll split up into the two key exchange groups. One group will hike east and the other west with both groups camping together at beautiful Bonita Creek.
The hiking is 8 – 10 miles each day through varied terrain including great vistas, slot canyons, desert canyons, and a perennial stream. We’ll camp at Bonita Creek, a beautiful riparian area rich in wildlife including beavers. On Sunday, we’ll climb up steeply out of the Bonita Creek drainage and hike back to the vehciles.
Length: 18 miles total, Rating: Moderate, Elevevation Change: 2,500’