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”)|
|Closest Towns:||Approximately 1.25 hours from Chino Valley, AZ|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
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.
- Connecting trails: 7 Up To Hyde Mountain Trail #5, Grapevine Springs Trail #9825
- USGS Map: 7.5’ quad for Camp Wood
- Prescott National Forest Map, west half
- Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way
- A steep, difficult trail that climbs to the top of Hyde Mountain
- A steep, difficult trail that climbs to the top of Hyde Mountain.
- 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.
Alerts & Warnings
- Crooks Fire Closure Order Effective May 18, 2022
- STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS NOW IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 1
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public health and saf
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands