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Cochise Stronghold Trail #279

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 4.5 (6)

A remote trail through an area made famous by the Apache Chief, Cochise.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

85%

Runnable

5,962' 1,817 m

High

4,938' 1,505 m

Low

1,026' 313 m

Up

824' 251 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

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Need to Know

For a more remote, "out west" feel, this trail can also be accessed from the West Stronghold, but, in order to reach the road's end, a high-clearance vehicle is required, and four-wheel drive is recommended.

Description

I've always wanted to run this and finally had the opportunity. Cochise Stronghold is about 1 hour from Tucson and well worth the drive. This is an out-and-back trail, which makes for a long day. I didn't see one person the entire time. This is great for some solitude, but not so great if you have an accident and need help.

Be prepared with plenty of water. The trail is relatively easy except for the length and heat of day. The trail conditions are great and route finding easy. The trail is flanked by unique rock formations most of the way. You can see why Cochise selected this area as a basecamp.

About half way, you top out at Stronghold Divide. The trail continues on downhill to East Stronghold Canyon Road. I continued down for a long out-and-back. You can easily turn back at the Pass for a shorter trip.

Directions: Take Rt. 10 east toward Benson and onto Cochise. Follow sign to Pearce then to Sunsite. Take Ironwood Rd, Forest Rd 84 for about 12 miles to the Stronghold Campground.

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Shared By:

John Maurizi with improvements by Jerry Cagle

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Rock formations along the trail the Cochise Stronghold Trail.
Jun 6, 2017 near Saint D…, AZ
Cochise Stronghold #279 Trail
Dec 11, 2019 near Saint D…, AZ
Looking west towards end of trail.
Oct 12, 2020 near Saint D…, AZ
Halfmoon Tank
Jan 26, 2018 near Saint D…, AZ
Half way point of the divide.
Jun 6, 2017 near Saint D…, AZ
Headed Back, Southeast Arizona: Scenes in Cochise Stronghold, in the center of the range, in Southeast Arizona.
Feb 27, 2018 near Saint D…, AZ

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Mar 28, 2021
Brandon Latimer
Campground Gate Parking to Divide and back. Incredibly dry from lack of rain we have received 6.6mi — 1h 29m