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Stronghold Loop

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 2.5 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rugged loop through the Dragoons.


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Map Key

25.8

Miles

41.5

KM

65%

Singletrack

5,964' 1,818 m

High

4,795' 1,462 m

Low

2,880' 878 m

Up

2,880' 878 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Greg Armstrong

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  2.5 from 8 votes

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#130

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Scenes in Cochise Stronghold in the center of the range in Southeast Arizona
Nov 28, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ
The West Slope, Dragoon Mountains
Nov 28, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ
Awesome trail.
Aug 23, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ
Top of the singletrack. Now for the fun part!
Aug 23, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ
Rockfellow Domes, start of the trail.
Aug 23, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ
Turn right/south here.
Aug 23, 2016 near Saint D…, AZ

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Dec 15, 2018
Court Hartranft
Nov 24, 2018
Brent Burcham
Advanced trail for biking. All-mountain bike recommended. Very beautiful trip but lots of hike-a-bike. It was an extremely rough singletrack.
Feb 26, 2018
Matthew Machu
29mi
Feb 14, 2018
Lauren Presley
LOTS of hike a bike. Pretty views, one fun section of rideable tech, other than that not great unless you love hiking narrow drainages with your bike 20.6mi
Feb 7, 2018
Justin Rowland
This was much more hiking and pushing the bike uphill than riding. The good parts were really really good, but not worth it to me. My battery dies… 24.7mi
Apr 5, 2017
Gabriel Johnston
Mar 4, 2017
al florez