Very enjoyable loop from the Cave Creek trailhead, up Snowshed canyon, up and over Aspen Mountain, then Chiricahua, and then down from Cima Saddle back to the car. Exceptionally clear day, only saw 1 other party along the entire 15 mile route.
Great day for a hike. Started at Bootlegger Saddle. Aspen trees were in full color and the strong wind was talking through the dead fire snags. Saw cougar tracks on the trail at one point.
See my peakbagger report. Went up Mormon Ridge, crossed the Crest trail, down Turtle Mountain and Morse Canyon. Exceptional views on a portion of the Crest trail.
Hiked up Chiricahua and Flys from Rustler Peak on a rainy day with little visibility.
Started from Rustler Park, walking up the road. Border Patrol was present on the Crest Trail, looking for sign. Two and a half hours to the summit, plus I tagged Fly Peak on the way back. The trail was pretty vague for the final push to the top.
Many trails indicated on the map are now completely gone. Much of the forest had burned away. We spent a lot of time bushwhacking in thickets of small trees. trip report
Parked at Rustler Park, walked the road to Long Park and then took the Crest Trail to the top. There were some nice views along the way but the summit itself is a dud. I saw about a dozen whitetail deer and 6 turkeys during my hike. Good times!
I hiked this one on the way to New Mexico. It has a nice trail.
Tagging an ultra on the first day of a short desert peak-bagging trip. The area has burned in the last 5-10 years, obscuring the trails. Trip report.
I tried and failed to get a 2wd Nissan Exterra up the Long Park road- plenty of clearance but not enough traction on the steep and rocky section. I ended up having to back down the road which was a little stressful. I parked at Rustler Park and hiked up the Jeep trail to Long Park before merging with the main trail. This route is quite a bit shorter than advertised (and shorter than the signs indicate). I would guess its about 9 miles round trip. The summit is pretty underwhelming- no views.
Followed the Crest Trail from Rustler Park to and from the peak. Passed through much burned timber - the occasional live forest demonstrated how much must have been lost by recent fires. The trail was virtually clear of any snow and the weather was ideal. I enjoyed the views to the north.
Very simple hiking with moderate to easy hiking terrain. Peak has no real views but with good timing the meadows can be full and blooming. I saw fire damage mostly on the western ridges below the trail line. Many blue berry patches early on and encountered a brown bear crossing the trail 50 yards in front of us so be aware of your surroundings.
A great hike with Nick and Allen through beautiful mountaintops to the highpoint of the Chiricahua Mountains. Plenty of golden aspens, too.
If I had to do it again I would have driven that road since it wasn't very bad. But nonetheless this was a pleasant enough hike and I can't complain about getting a COHP and an ultra.
Great Day for a hike.
Meadows, wildflowers, and alpine forest...a pleasant surprise and a nice change from Phoenix summer weather. Also went over Flyes Peak and saw a glass jar summit register. Spent the next morning hiking to Heart of Rocks in the National Monument - very cool area and well worth a full weekend of exploration.
Hiked before 1975, 1993, 1998 and 2001. The summit benchmark
is in a loose block. In 2001 tacked on Flys peak and 9570
for extra credit.
I did this as a backpack years ago. We parked at Turkey Creek, and hiked up the Saulsbury Trail to the Crest Trail and over to Anita Park. We summited Chiricahua Peak after setting up camp. The next day we cruised down the Mormon Ridge Trail to our car.
Great views of Cochise county along the hike. Couldn't see a lot from the summit, but it was cloudy by then and snowing