Hyde Mountain Trail #6

Hyde Mountain Trail #6 was originally a service route to the Hyde Mountain Lookout Tower, where a lookout was stationed during the summer months. The tower, which has been out of service for several years, was built in 1936 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as exemplifying Civilian Conservation Corp-era construction. From the trailhead on FR 95C, this trail climbs directly to the crest of Hyde Mountain through pinyon-juniper woodland and chaparral. Portions of the trail are steep and difficult, covering nearly 1,500 vertical feet in just over 2 miles. The trek, however, is well worth the effort. At 7,272 feet, Hyde Mountain is the highest point in the Santa Maria range and offers excellent panoramic views of northern Arizona.

This trail is open to motorcycles. ATVs and other OHVs are prohibited. This can be a hot, difficult climb. Take frequent breaks and carry plenty of drinking water.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Printable Trail Description and Map (740 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)
Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 1.25 hours from Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From its intersection with Hwy 89, travel west on Outer Loop Road 6 miles to Williamson Valley Road. Turn right and continue 13 miles to Camp Wood Road (also County Road 68), on the left. Take Camp Wood Road 15.4 miles to the Camp Wood site and FR 95, on the right. Turn right onto FR 95 and go 0.2 miles to Fr 95C. Turn left onto 95C and travel 2 miles to the trailhead. Parking is fair. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

  • A steep, difficult trail that climbs to the top of Hyde Mountain
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

  • A steep, difficult trail that climbs to the top of Hyde Mountain.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

  • A steep, difficult trail that climbs to the top of Hyde Mountain. There is not enough room at the trailhead to park a horse trailer.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

  Elevation : 
7,260 feet