A rugged and awesome loop through the Dragoon Mountains. This loop features a bit of hike-a-bike, a little sand, dirt roads, and spectacular scenery. This area has some of the best rock climbing in the US. Head out on this ride for a climbing rest day.
I started this ride at the parking area for Sheepshead at the end of USFS Road 4804
, but the loop could be started at any access point.
Head north on USFS Road 687
(West Stronghold Road) until it ends way up in the west side canyon. Turn east onto USFS Road 688
. The trail over Stronghold Divide requires a bit of hike-a-biking but the downhill heading east is golden.
Before you get to the east side campground, head right/south on the little-used Cochise Trail #279 that gains a saddle (a bit more HAB), then goes down a wash to meet up with Middlemarch Canyon Trail #277
, which continues onto USFS Road 4388
Turn right onto Middlemarch Road and climb up over the pass and head down to USFS Road 687
(West Stronghold Road). This area was recently saved from "Recommended Wilderness" status, thus preserving our right to ride here.