A few miles south of I-10, a bit east of Benson is Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains. That is it where the distant ridge breaks up in the middle. I guess if you are roaming the countryside and see the formation that is a bit different from its surroundings, you would be tempted to check it out. He and his fellow Apaches engaged in a long running battle with the US Army using the Stronghold as a base.
Nice camping grounds at the end of a partly paved, partly dirt road. I talked to a couple of guys from the UK who were here to rock climb. I geared up and....
....headed across a bridge, a left at the Nature Trail and then after a couple hundred yards, made a left at a sign for the Cochise Trail.
The trail is easy to follow and the scenery is good but not grand.
Around 1852, someone built a wall in this drainage and created the "Half Moon Tank". A pretty spot.
The views became a bit higher after 2+ miles of steady but not steep climbing. At mile 3 I reached a saddle where....
....from this point forward, the trail drops into a west facing canyon. I followed it for....
....1/2 a mile but the views never did open and so I came back, finishing with 7 miles. For my final AZ hike for this edition of the AZ adventure file, it ended with a whimper rather than a bang. More to come though.