“A steady climbing loop with some steeps that ends with a screaming fast descent.
— Victor Othon
This eight-mile lollipop loop starts with a steady climb before packing on the elevation to reach the top of a small saddle. On the way back, the descent is fast and exhilarating as riders fly down.
- This trail is on an active military installation. Members of the public will need to obtain a photo ID pass from the main gate of Fort Huachuca to access the facility and this trail. The process requires a background check and typically takes at least 30 minutes to secure a pass that's valid for 30 days.
- Possible restrictions due to bear and mountain lion sightings. Some trails located on post are restricted due to live fire and military exercises.
Need to Know
Watch out for other trail users during the descent and make sure to slow down well in advance of passing them.
From the trailhead, follow the road up for two miles to an open rock face and reservoir that precede the last picnic area. Ahead, look for an easy spot to cross a perennial stream to the singletrack path beyond. Take this path up for another mile to a fork in the trail.
Head right to follow an old road that's dotted with small river rocks and larger boulders. Traversing these rocks can get kind of difficult, especially if there's water present. After another mile, there's a final fork in the trail. The right option leads away to additional trails, and the left continues around the loop.
Head left onto the Huachuca Loop Trail
to complete the final half-mile of climbing up to the saddle. But be ready, this section is a steep fire-break that will have your legs burning till you reach the top. On the other side, the descent wastes no time shedding all the hard-won elevation. This is a fast road-trace that can be alarmingly loose at times. Enjoy the speed, but don't let it get away from you either!
Where the Huachuca Loop Trail
returns to the Huachuca Canyon Road
the descent backs off as the grade mellows. The next several miles fly by as a cruising descent back to the trailhead.