Shake Trail #309
Shake Trail leads from the oak and juniper grasslands of Stockton Pass to the pine and juniper forests of the Pinaleno’s upper slopes. Along its winding, sloped course it provides views of the Greasewood Mountains and Sulphur Springs Valley to the south and west, as well as close-up views of the various habitats that make up the complex environment of this desert mountain range. Along your way, you’ll pass through life zones that range from upper Sonoran Desert to mixed conifer forest and see plants that vary from cholla cactus to Douglas-fir. Wildlife varies as much as the plant life along this mountain trail. Watch for tracks and other sign of javelina, mountain lion, mule deer and black bear. If you’re lucky, you may see more than tracks. While deer are by far the most frequently encountered of these large forest mammals, black bear sightings are quite common as well. The Pinalenos have one of the densest populations of these shy omnivores in all of North America. During the summer, you may want to travel this trail from the top down to take advantage of the gradient. In the winter, you may choose to start at the lower trailhead for an out and back trip. The upper trailhead on Swift Trail is frequently snowed in during the winter.
At a Glance
|Water:||No water available; bring your own.|
|Operated By:||Safford Ranger District|
Shake Trail has two road access points. One trailhead is located on the Swift Trail. (AZ 366), the main road along the top of the Pinaleos. Drive 8 miles south of Safford on US 191 then turn southwest on AZ 366 and continue about 17.5 miles to the trailhead on the left, approximately 1 mile past Ladybug Saddle. The lower trailhead is located near Stockton Pass Campground. From Safford, drive south 17 miles on US 191 to AZ 266. Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 266 and continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground. Walk through the fenced area north of the picnic area; the trail starts at a gate located in the northwest corner.
Day HikingGreat views, both pine forest and desert settings, easy access, watchable wildlife. USGS Map(s): Stockton Pass
|Elevation desc||5,500 - 8,500 feet|
|Difficulty Level:||More Difficult|