- Oak Tree Canyon to Lakes Road
- 13.1 miles
Southern Access Point: Oak Tree Canyon
- GPS Coordinates: 31.81072° N, 110.72330° W
- NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles. The trailhead is approximately 1 mile west of the access point (31.80926° N, 110.71026° W) along Forest Road 4037.
From the intersection of I-10 and AZ 83, drive south on AZ 83 for 15 miles to milepost 43.2. Oak Tree Canyon Trailhead is located just west of the highway and is large enough to accommodate 40 passenger cars and up to 8 trucks and horse trailers.
Northern Access Point: Lakes Road
- GPS Coordinates: 31.90910° N, 110.67151° W
- NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles. The trailhead is approximately 0.6 miles west of the access point (31.90857° N, 110.66196° W) along a two-track road.
From the intersection of I-10 and AZ 83, drive south for 7.2 miles on AZ 83 to milepost 51.4. Turn right (west) and go through a gate on an unmarked, rough dirt road about 0.6 miles to the AZT. This road requires a 4WD high-clearance vehicle, or park near AZ 83 and walk in (recommended).
Trail Route Description
Passage 6 rolls across the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains. The trail passes through oak-lined, semi-desert grassland and features ocotillo, barrel and prickly pear cactus. The terrain is up and down over rolling hills and across several ridges and sandy washes. There are a few short, steep climbs followed by similar descents, with an overall downhill trend.
This section features grand vistas to the west and views of the Empire Mountains to the east. Looking south, Mountain Wrightson dominates as a majestic reminder of where you have been. Look north, however, and you will see the mighty Rincon Mountains, which foretell adventures to come!
- Fall, Winter and Spring
- Current weather forecast
There may be water off of FR 4064, otherwise water is intermittent and scarce. Plan to bring your own water. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
- Map of Passage 6
- USGS Topographic Maps: Empire Ranch and Mount Fagan.
- BLM Information Center maps.
For more information
- The Passage Steward
- Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District, 303 Old Tucson Rd., Nogales, AZ 85621 (520) 281-2296
- BLM Information Center (602) 417-9300.