Slavin Gulch #332
Water is present for most of the year in the larger pools of Slavin Gulch, which serves as the setting for most of this Dragoon Mountains trail. Slavin Gulch Trail connects two 4-wheel drive roads deep in the Dragoons, cutting a course that bears roughly southwest in the shadow of China Peak. There is plentiful evidence that the Apaches used this area heavily before prospectors and cowboys became the most common backcountry travelers in the Dragoons. Today, recreationists seek out secluded areas such as this to capture a feeling for the past. From the eastern trailhead, at the top of Sorin Pass Road/FSR 345A, with its good views of Tombstone and the Huachuca Mountains, the trail drops steeply into Slavin Gulch. Riparian vegetation such as sycamores and cottonwoods hold sway along the floor of the gulch while just a few feet away, plants of the upper Sonoran Desert affirm that this area can be hot and dry much of the year. Such a diverse habitat and remote setting make this a good place to encounter desert wildlife. Watch for coatimundi and Coues white-tailed deer as you scan the trees for some of the variety of songbirds that either make this small oasis a home or pass through it on their yearly migration. At the southwest end of the trail, access is from FSR 687. Park before the gulch if the road is unpassible, and walk up the road to the trailhead.
At a Glance
|Best Season:||Fall through spring|
|Closest Towns:||Tombstone, AZ|
|Information Center:||Douglas Ranger District: (520) 364-3468|
From Tucson, take I-10 east for approximately 45 miles to Benson. Turn south on US 80 and drive 22 miles to Middlemarch Road (approximately 1 mile north of Tombstone). Turn left (east) on Middlemarch Road and drive approximately 10 miles to the junction with Forest Road 687. Turn left (northwest) on FR 687 and continue approximately 2.5 miles to the trailhead.
Day HikingRiparian setting, Remote and secluded, Watchable wildlife, Apache and mining history. Water can usually be found in Slavin Gulch. Purification of water is recommended prior to use. Otherwise, this area can be hot and dry. Bring plenty of water. Both FR 687A and FR 345A require a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. USGS Map(s): Cochise Stronghold, Knob Hill
|Elevation desc||5,000 - 6,800 feet|
|Difficulty Level:||More Difficult|