Round the Mountain Trail #302

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Round the Mountain Trail #302 map

This trail doesn’t go all the way round the mountain, but it goes far enough to provide some really spectacular views and to give you a good idea of the size of this Sky Island. Round the Mountain Trail travels a gradually ascending course through oak woodlands and stands of mixed conifers. Along the way, it presents a steadily changing panorama of the Gila River Valley and Gila Mountains along with good views of Deadman Peak, Heliograph Peak and Mount Graham of the Pinalenos. You can start just as easily at either end of the trail at the Round the Mountain Trailhead  about a mile above Noon Creek Picnic Area on the Swift Trail, or at the trailhead just below the Bible Camp at the end of the Columbine Road. Water can be found in a number of small streams along the trail, including Marijilda, Deadman and Frye Creeks, as well as in Gibson Creek and Round the Mountain Spring (except in a severe drought). This is a good trail for wildlife watching, too. White-tailed deer and black bear are frequently sighted here, and if you don’t see a bear you should still see plenty of evidence of them. Round the Mountain Trail is well suited to both hiking and horseback riding and it serves as a convenient connector to a number of other trails. Among these are Noon Creek Ridge Trail #318, Gibson Canyon Trail #308, Deadman Trail #70, Frye Canyon Trail #36 and Ash Ridge Trail #327.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is no vehicle access to the higher elevation trailhead from November 15 to April 15 when the Swift Trail is closed, or when snow covers the road at other times. A three-stall pipe corral for horses is provided at the lower Round the Mountain Trailhead.
Water: Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Safford Ranger District

General Information


From Safford, drive south 8 miles on US 191 to the Swift Trail (AZ 366). Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and drive 8 miles to the Round the Mountain Trailhead on the right side of the road. To get to the other end of the trail, continue 21 miles past the first Round the Mountain trailhead to the Columbine Visitor Information Station and turn right toward the summer home area on FR 508. Park to the side of the road, without blocking the gate, and walk down the road 1 mile to the trailhead.



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  Area/Length : 
15 miles

  Elevation : 
5,200 feet - 9,240 feet