Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cochise Stronghold 11/27/10

Cochise Trail - Hike/Trail Run
Dragoon Mountains, Arizona
Mileage - 9.77
Time - 3:07
AEG - 2200ft

The weekend adventure continued as we departed the national monument and drove West across the high desert toward the Dragoon Mountains on our way to Cochise Stronghold. This has to be one of the most interesting places in Arizona for a number of reasons. The geology of the mountain range is stunning and very alluring for photographers, technical climbers, and even us hikers. These same formations provided refuge for over a decade during the mid-1800's for the Apache Chief Cochise...hence the name Cochise Stronghold.

When the pavement ended, and the 10 mile gravel road began to draw us closer to Cochise campground, the massive granite formations commanded our attention. I truly couldn't wait to immerse myself into this mystical wilderness area, I've just never seen anything quite like it before. Matt, Tiffany, and I decided to hike/trail run the 10 mile Cochise Trail around the south side of the range to catch a glimpse of all the giant monolith structures that make this place so aesthetically appealing. The weather was perfect for our run, although a little brisk at times when the sun wasn't directly upon us. Besides the steep climb on the return, I think the most difficult part of this trek was trying to decide which place I liked better, Cochise or Chiricahua.

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