The Mountains of Arizona •
D Hill • Perilla Mountains
• Cochise County

D Hill from the west

The ocotillo are all blooming

View southwest, border fence, cool peak in Mexico

South, border fence, huge peak in the distance

Southwest view: the border fence splits Agua Prieta (left) and Douglas (right)

View of the towers from the very top

Skillfully balanced rocks

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Date: April 25, 2022 • Elevation: 4,680 feet • Prominence: 305 feet • Distance: 2 miles • Time: 50 minutes • Gain: 440 feet • Conditions: Sunny, hazy


D Hill is a hill east of Douglas, in southeast Arizona along the Mexican border. There's a big "D" on the hill's west slope. I did some research and determined the D stands for Douglas.

Don't ask why I was in the area. Suddenly, consciousness awashed over me and I was in Douglas proper, entering from the west via state route AZ-80. Douglas is a tight grid of streets and I needed to get to the east side of town. I think I followed 15th Avenue. It passed by a couple schools and looked like a main road in the area. The homes were well-kept and orderly, most with brick construction from about mid-century, not the stick-&-stucco jobs you see everywhere in and around Phoenix. Not a bad little town. I think I've been here one other time.

On the east side, I got onto The Geronimo Trail, a paved and dirt route through the mountainous hinterlands east of Douglas, eventually leading to Lordsburg in New Mexico. Note to self: I gotta drive this road some day. The hill is about three miles east of town, visible the entire way.

The de-facto parking area and trailhead is northwest of the hill at Rogers Ranch Road, but I parked a quarter-mile west on an unnamed road because I wanted an image of the hill and its D from a little farther out. There is an asphalt sidewalk that parallels the main road and it seems to be popular with joggers and walkers. I saw a couple as I rolled in, the time about 8:30 a.m.. The day was pleasant, in the low 70s, a sunny but hazy sky with no clouds.

I walked east on the sidewalk then caught a dirt track that leads uphill to the spine of the hill. I had to shimmy through an opening in a fence. This put me on a concrete road that leads to the top. It was easy to walk this road. Along the way, someone apparently likes constructing cairns of carefully-balanced rocks, not to mark a trail but just for amusement. I snapped one image. I was up top quickly. There are towers on a lower summit. Today, there were two Border Patrol vehicles parked.

I walked past them and followed a road south about 200 feet to the real highpoint. This required a quick walk through low grass and rocks to the top, where there is a small box-like building about 5 feet tall inside a fence. I had good views. The Mexican border was less than a mile south, and I snapped a few images of the border wall, there to give midwesterners a feeling of safety. I didn't stay long.

I hiked out the same way. While still on the concrete road, one of the BoPo vehicles came down this road. I stepped aside and raised one of my hiking poles, and he waved back. Once back on the flats, the sidewalk I mentioned was teeming with more runners, walkers, people walking their dogs, and so on. It's a popular way to get out and exercise here. I thought that was cool. I was not expecting anyone when I was here.

Done with Douglas for now, I drove home, following US-191 to Interstate-10, then to my Tempe domicile. It was hot, in the mid-90s. I thought about another short hike up Rillito Benchmark in Tucson, but given the heat and likelihood of snakes, I passed on it and will wait when it cools.

(c) 2022 Scott Surgent. For entertainment purposes only. This report is not meant to replace maps, compass, gps and other common sense hiking/navigation items. Neither I nor the webhost can be held responsible for unfortunate situations that may arise based on these trip reports. Conditions (physical and legal) change over time! Some of these hikes are major mountaineering or backpacking endeavors that require skill, proper gear, proper fitness and general experience. WHA