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A restricted trail located on Fort Huachuca with a potential for bear and mountain lion sightings”
— Victor Othon
Access to this military base is currently restricted, but can be requested through the gates. Access to the canyons on the base are sometimes restricted due to bear and mountain lion sightings.
Once on Fort Huachuca base, head west on Squire Ave. towards old post via Smith Ave. Make a left on Christy Ave. and head up one mile to Reservoir Hill Road, which is the beginning of the dirt road leading up Huachuca Canyon.
Take this up two miles to an open rock face to the left and a reservoir to the right. Head up another 20 meters to the last picnic area and cross a creek that seems to run year round to the singletrack path ahead. Take this path up one mile to a forked path, which is a 2.25-mile loop around a peak.
Take the right path, which is an old road with small river rocks and larger boulders, and follow this for about 0.75 miles. Traversing the river rocks gets kind of technical, especially when there's water present. After 0.75 miles, there's another fork in the trail. The right path takes you to other accessible trails. The left path continues around the loop.
Take the left path up around the last 1.5 miles of the loop, which consists of a 500+ foot climb over a steep (35% grade) fire break, and some equally steep downhill back to the beginning of this loop.
From this point, there's a fast three miles downhill back to the starting point by Reservoir Hill Road.
A relatively easy and non-technical first four mile climb, followed by a difficult 35% average degree climb, with a fast downhill when coming back out of the mountain.
Watch out for bears, mountain lions, and deer as they frequently close access to the canyon due to sightings.