The Sawtooth Mountain Widow Maker Pass trail is south of Casa Grande near Arizona City. This beautiful trail winds through the remote Sawtooth Mountain Range, part of the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument established in 2000 by presidential proclamation.
The trail begins at the steel gate just past the intersection of West Harmon and South Lamb Roads. Shortly down the trail is a cattle gate. Please close it after passing at the request of the rancher. The trail crosses Greene Wash. Use caution after rain as this area floods and quickly turns to deep mud. You will find one of the original 267 concrete Corona Satellite calibration markers.
The trails in this area are not marked with signs or trail markers, so ensure you download the GPX track. As you wind through the foothills and into the mountains, there are many opportunities to capture photos of the Sonoran Desert landscape. From the crest of Widow Maker Pass, there are great views of farm fields, Picacho Peak, the Santa Catalina Mountains, and Mount Lemon in the distance.
There are a few locations along the trail suitable for camping. These come with space for several vehicles and outstanding views of the Sawtooth Mountains.
This trail runs primarily through BLM land but crosses private property on the north end and Arizona State Trust Land. Please know the boundaries of private landowners before traveling this trail and respect the access they provide. You will need an Arizona State Trust Land recreation permit in this area.
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