Summary: This is a fun summit hike that begins at a little known spiritual nook and climaxes with stunning 360 Degree views of the city's northwest basin. The trail begins at the stone church just west of the parking lot. From there hike North of west until you pass through a wildlife barrirer. From there the trail begins to accend the peak to your left. The trail forks often, but the key to bagging this summit is to always fork left unless it looks harder to the right.
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, drive west on Speedway to the I-10 Frontage Road. Turn right (north) on Frontage Rd. During I-10 construction follow Frontage Rd. 3.5 miles north to the I-10 on ramp. Follow I-10 W 6.6 miles to the Cortaro Rd exit; you should exit. Turn left on W Cortaro Farms Rd. Follow until it intersects with Silverbell Rd, turn right. Follow Silver Bell Rd 0.5 miles to West Continental Reserve Loop, turn left. Follow West Continental Reserve Loop 0.5 miles to W Pima Farms Rd, turn right. Follow W Pima Farms Rd to N Scenic Dr, turn left. Follow N Scenic Dr for 0.4 miles to the entrance of Sanctuary Cove. (Lat:32.20741 Lon:-111.09113)
Trail Guides for Safford Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Caretaker: Annie Bunker (520) 744-2375
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jon on 1/19/2013
I got to the trailhead from the Sanctuary Cove property contrary to what others have said with ease as I love off trail hiking. If you do take that route be advised that its off trail hiking. There is not an official trail after you reach a certain point but there is one main social trail marked with rock piles.
Reviewed by Kate on 5/10/2012
Great Hike, but do NOT try to enter the trailhead from Sanctuary Cove property. Instead park your car near Road Closed signs & walk the road South towards the saddle to get the trail.
Reviewed by Curtis S on 11/2/2011
Was a good hike with great views although the trail towards the top is hard to spot and is not for the faint of heart!!Panther Peak was more enjoyable!
Reviewed by Urooj on 1/16/2011
Not an avid hiker but this peak is almost right in my backyard. Great hike but did not make all the way up. The last part seems for rock climbers, didn't wanted to take too many risks. Excellent views and good workout within 3 hrs. Nice spots along the trail to sit and enjoy the views!
Reviewed by Matt on 12/17/2008
The hike from the trail head indicated above provides a good starting point. My out and back time was a little over 1 hour 50 min. Some words of advice: follow the well established trail at the rear of the chapel. Use the signs pointing out various flora as markers, proceed up the hill side (heading slightly to the right of the sheer mountain face) in a NE direction. Near the crest of the hill, there is an intersecting trail. Turn left and follow this trail up and around the ridge line. The sheer face will be to your one o- clock. The trail branches to your right as you gain elevation and the sheer face drops out of sight. Follow the apron closely around to the SW side of the mountain. New cairns were added to mark final approach.
Reviewed by jOHN on 3/29/2008
The directions have been updated, I see.
Reviewed by Christopher on 3/23/2008
DIRECTIONS ARE WRONG! They have changed the name of the streets, so that you take a left on the Continental Reserve Loop, not Coachline. Also figured out you don't have to go over the "ridge of death", you can pass to the left side going up!
Reviewed by Robert on 2/29/2008
The final approach, and the "ridge of death" made this a hike that at my age of 64 was more risky than I like, but the fantastic view was worth it. I especially liked that even though development on the east side has spread almost to Sanctuary Cove we had the peak all to ourselves on a weekend. Also loved seeing the crystals lying around the old mine shaft entrances, and the beautiful desert canyon we explored at the base of the peak on the south side.
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