OverviewGuthrie Peak tops out the Black Hills, the small northernmost extension of the lengthy Peloncillo Mountains in southeastern Arizona. A popular dirt road known as the Black Hills Backcountry Byway offers an enjoyable and scenic day outing and easy access to the trailhead (so to speak) for Guthrie Peak. The peak is located along US-191 east of Safford and south of Clifton, straddling the Graham and Greenlee county boundaries. This low range is lightly forested in sparse juniper and some fir, but is mostly open grasses and cactus. The summit is a jumble of radio towers. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable day hike with superb views down into the Gila Box Riparian Area, the White Mountains and the distant ranges in New Mexico. For list fans it is number 44 on the Arizona most prominent 50, and it is probably the most prominent peak within Greenlee County (for more on this fact, scroll down a bit).
Getting ThereFrom Safford, drive about 10 miles east on US-70/191 to where the highways split; take the left turn onto US-191. Drive about 8 miles to MP-139, and turn left onto the Backcountry Byway, which is signed. Follow this dirt road as it winds into the hills for about 9 miles to a large radio tower. A green sign mentioning "Guthrie Peak Rd" will be evident. Park at the large flat area near the tower.
The Byway is graded but a bit bumpy in places. Most vehicles should be okay in dry conditions. Large RVs might have trouble with some turns.