The Sugarloaf Mountain trailhead is located near the end of a scenic 8 mile drive from the Chiricahua National Monument visitor’s center. This path was built by Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps workers. Within the first quarter mile the hiker will encounter a tunnel blasted into the mountainside by the CCC. The trail is pleasant, smooth and easy to follow.
1.8 miles round-trip
Chiricahua National Monument is located 120 miles southeast of Tucson and 240 miles from Phoenix. The nearby town of Willcox is 35 miles northwest of the monument.
Take I-10 east from Tucson to the first exit for Willcox. Travel 3 miles into town to the stoplight and turn right. Follow Arizona State Highway 186 for 32 miles to the junction of Arizona State Highway 181. Turn left and within 4 miles arrive at the Chiricahua entrance station.
From the visitor's center follow the Bonita Canyon Drive for approximately 7 miles. The turnoff for Sugarloaf/Echo Canyon will be on the driver's right. Proceed a short distance to the Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead parking.
Beginning on the east side of the mountain at 6,480 feet, the easy-to-follow trail winds its way around the mountain, often under lovely over-hanging cliffs. The trail heads westward for approximately 3/4 of a mile before turning sharply to the east-northeast to reach the summit.
After a brief excursion through tunnels of ruby-barked Manzanita the vegetation thins and the lookout tower comes into sight. The views from the top are wide-open and breathtaking.
Hiking boots, sunscreen and plenty of water. Don't even think about leaving your camera in the truck.