Supervisor's Office 300 W. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 388-8300. It is a combination of Raspberry Ridge Trail, Rucker Canyon Trail, and the Price Canyon Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. (31.87195, -109.28715), The Greenhouse Trail connects in from the east at Cima Park. National Park Service Logo National Park Service. Big Balanced Rock Trail is along top of the ridge. The Ward Canyon Trail once dropped down the ridge to the northwest to Helispot 31, but this trail has been abandoned and due to the extensive fire damage and erosion along the slope it once passed across, it is unlikely there is any trace of it remaining. The trail sort of makes a triangle around Chiricahua Peak and at the next junction, everything is Crest Trail. A Wonderland of Rocks A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. The abandoned eastern portion of the Chiricahua Peak Trail connected in near here as well. This home was built in and last sold on for. The trail is entirely in high pine country (6,200' -- 9,666'). Tips: The Crest Trail is not a single linear feature but a main trail with various spurs and loops connected to it. Good views are available at Cypress Saddle, 3 miles from the trailhead. The trail is very well built through here, often rock lined and clearly visible even if overgrown. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This one runs for about a half mile and will hook you up with the Crest Trail. Chiricahua Crest Trail October 2-3, 2020 In 2011, the Horseshoe II fire tore through the upper Chirichuas. A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. To reach the Mormon Ridge Trail now you will need to continue on the Crest Trail beyond Junction Saddle to Chiricahua Saddle and then descend from there to Mormon Saddle. (31.90686, -109.27724) There is a large parking lot across the road from the trailhead with dual vault toilets. The Crest Trail leaves Bootlegger Saddle heading south, and widens for a stretch, climbing along the way. Crest Trail #270 winds south over the gently undulating summit ridge to Chiricahua Peak (9,796 feet), the highest point in the range, in 10.5 miles roundtrip. The lack of trees here at least provides an excellent view out over the west side of the Chiricahuas. 105 Chiricahua Crest Trl , Fort Davis, TX 79734-5039 is currently not for sale. This extremely short segment continues south from Anita Park and swings around gently to the right until it reaches Junction Saddle, (31.8496, -109.28898) a four-way junction with the Chiricahua Peak Trail to the southwest, the western leg of the Crest Trail (#270B) heading west (before swinging southwest towards to its terminus at Monte Vista Peak), and the eastern leg of the Crest Trail (#270C) to the south (before swinging southeast to its terminus at Sentinel Peak). 0.18 miles south of Bootlegger Saddle, the Long Park Connector Trail, an unmaintained old roadbed, forks off to the east, (31.88910, -109.28394) bending to the southeast along the way and ending up at Long Park. (31.84217, -109.28597) This junction is marked by a sign. Chiricahua Crest Trail October 2-3, 2020 I lived in Arizona for several years before backpacking the Chiricahua Crest Trail, having read reports of poor trail conditions resulting from a … Rustler Park is the best option for hikes starting from the north on the Crest Trail. There are almost no large standing trees along the trail through this entire segment, largely as a result of the 1994 Rattlesnake Fire. The patch of fire damage here makes it possible to look down into Greenhouse Canyon to the south. (31.89255, -109.28339) There is not a visible trail junction here, but head west approximately 80 feet through the meadow and a trail sign with "257"and an arrow should be found. But there are a number of other waterfalls without names which are not as familiar. This Site All NPS The higher elevation eastern terminus is at Aspen Saddle along the southeastern leg of the Crest Trail. Cut over Chiricahua Peak to Aspen Saddle on Crest 270A. Continuing along the barren slope with a very steep drop off the right side, the trail maintains its southeasterly course the remaining short distance to Round Park, which is nestled in a saddle on the south side of Fly Peak. 1,535 ft ↑ / 495 ft ↓. 170 ft ↑ / 460 ft ↓. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/chiricahua-natural-bridge-trail The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 12,025 acre site. Major access points for this leg of the Crest include: The northern terminus (31.91693, -109.26827) is along the Barfoot Park Road (FR 357), 0.14 mile north of its junction with the Rustler Park Road (FR 42D). The Chiricahua Peak Bypass of the Crest Trail can be accessed from two locations. The Crest Trail is actually a system of trails, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted “Y” on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. Three tenths of a mile further and the trail passes through a gate of sorts and 200 feet after that, a 60 foot spur trail leaves to the east and drops to Hillside Spring. (31.87965, -109.28665) The Crest Trail comes in from the northwest and departs to the southwest, the Long Park Trail heads northeast to the end of the Long Park Road, the Centella Trail east out to Centella Point and the Fly Peak Trail southeast to climb up and back down the other side of that peak to Round Park. Trail descriptions & maps © 2020 Jonathan Patt; mileage, elevations & GPS coordinates public domain. The Crest Trail narrows to a proper trail width again here and curves to the west for a short stretch, leveling out somewhat for a time. It's the same distance again to the high point of the trail, a pass with many large rocks descending the ridge to the south-southwest where a prominent outcrop lies. Anita park is ~4.9 miles from Rustler park, the Chiricahua peak summit trail turnoff is ~0.5 miles past the Anita park turnoff. The Crest Trail continues to the southwest. ft. single-family home is a bed, bath property. Since you're in the area, definitely spend a day in the Chiricahua National Monument. Two spur trails connect in at this signed junction, (31.90551, -109.28077) one from the upper loop of the Rustler Park Campground and the other from the parking lot outside Rustler Park, just in front of the locked gate along the Rustler Park Road (FR 42D). The lower elevation western terminus is at Chiricahua Saddle along the southwestern leg of the Crest Trail. Between Rustler Park and Fly Saddle there is a report of at least one tree down. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. This page is for the trail from the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness to the foot of the upside down Y's southwestern leg on Monte Vista Peak. Crossing this is usually not especially difficult, but care should be taken as there is a significant drop to one side of the trail. The Crest Trail takes off from 8300 feet and never drops below 8000. This trail is also sometimes referred to as the Fir Trail. However, when Tucson temperatures hit 100° the first week in May, the cool green ridges called out, and we returned to Chiricahua Crest with Jim, Jacki and Lily. (31.85127, -109.28848). The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Will be overgrown and spotty in the summer, but for now it's clear and smooth. The sharp ridges, high peaks and deep canyons of the Chiricahuas once served as a home and refuge to Chiricahua Apaches led by Cochise and Geronimo. Running along the spine of the Chiricahuas, the Crest connects numerous other trails … This area has been hit badly by fire and while there are still living trees in the area immediately around the Park's meadow, they are fairly limited in number. From the bottom of the last switchback, the trail heads almost straight west for 0.14 mile to Chiricahua Saddle. This is good because the Crest trail is almost more a collection of many junctions to other trails. (31.89246, -109.28368), The 0.68 mile long Long Park Trail connects to the Crest at Fly Saddle (31.87965, -109.28665) from the end of the Long Park Road (FR 42). Hang a left here and follow the fantastic Chiricahua Crest trail north for a little over 1/2 mile. (31.86141, -109.28739) There is a sign at this junction, but it is disconnected from the ground and may have fallen over. Chiricahua Crest Trail May 9, 2009. As of October 2020, the Crest Trail is clear of deadfall from Fly Saddle to Junction Saddle. Continuing its southeasterly heading, the trail exits Round Park almost immediately after the last junction and begins climbing to a saddle between Ward Peak and Wattmid Ridge. Elevation gain/loss: Restrooms at trailhead. The higher elevation eastern terminus is at Aspen Saddle along the southeastern leg of the Crest Trail. 0.15 miles beyond, the trail re-enters forested terrain, though this does not last and another barren slope must be crossed shortly after, this one extending the remaining distance to Fly Saddle with only a few patches of living trees between. 250 feet before Fly Saddle, the Wilderness boundary is crossed, a brand new sign marking its position. Exiting the southern edge of Cima Saddle, the trail heads southwest and passes through a grove of saplings on an otherwise barren slope. Patchy burns remain the norm through here as the Crest Trail passes to the west of Fly Peak. There is a day use fee to park at the Rustler Park trailhead just outside of the campground. (31.84217, -109.28597) This junction is marked by a sign. The trailhead for … This area, once heavily forested, was badly burned by the 2011 Horseshoe 2 fire and while many trees remain standing, nearly all are dead. The Greenhouse Trail descends to the east from here. As of May 2019, this trail is free of deadfall following a Sierra Club service trip. New aspen growth is occurring, however—and threatening to encroach on the trail in places. Nearly 200 feet beyond, at the southeastern edge of Round Park, (31.86842, -109.28480) the Bear Wallow Trail connects in, heading northeast to pass along the east side of Fly Peak and connect midway along the Centella Trail. The Crest Trail is accessible from many locations along the Chiricahua crest. As near as I can tell, this takes me to the source of Cave Creek. This area can provide a fantastic view of Fly Peak in the fall with its aspen turning color. It's nearly two tenths of a mile further to the north edge of the meadow at Bootlegger Saddle, where two junctions occur. The western fork of the Crest Trail can be seen along its ridge as it passes Paint Rock on its way to Monte Vista Peak. Crest Trail is a trail on East Turkey Creek, South Fork Cave Creek, and Pine Creek in Coronado National Forest, Chiricahua Wilderness, AZ. Largely remaining at a level elevation, this segment of the Crest heads southwest and stays on the southeastern side of the crest itself and dropping slightly in elevation as it approaches Rustler Park. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. (31.91479, -109.27410). Now he leads at least two week-long trail maintenance trips a year, typically teaming up with Patt and other Portal volunteers. Chiricahua National Monument. Hiking the Crest Trail in Chiricahua Wilderness, we once traversed halls of a great cathedral: shuffling on needle-carpet among towering forest giants: old-growth Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine and even a few Engelman spruce (southern-most extension for this species). It's been a while since we hiked Chiricahua Crest, between an unpleasant encounter with a bear in 2006, and the discovery last year that the Crest Trail is popular with coyotes and drug mules. The trail cuts diagonally across the meadow and after approximately 60 feet, the Fly Peak Trail connects in. The Chiricahua Peak Bypass of the Crest Trail can be accessed from two locations. From Aspen Saddle Crest 270D heads to Chiricahua Saddle. (31.88030, -109.28692) The saddle itself is a five-way signed junction in the middle of a raspberry patch. This area has little plant life and erosion can cause the trail to disappear from sight, but it was redefined in October 2013 and can currently be easily followed. The earlier spur trail down to the Long Park Road shows evidence of having once been a road, and this portion of the Crest Trail may have been as well. The Mormon Canyon Trail junction is 250 feet northeast along the Crest Trail. In the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona the best known waterfall is Winn Falls. Later, the area attracted prospectors, loggers and ranchers searching to find fortune or a home with elbow room in America’s far corners. (31.87195, -109.28714) This junction is marked with a sign, but it is on the left side of the trail and may not be immediately obvious, and the Saulsbury Trail is faint at this point and can be easy to miss. Chiricahua Peak Trail is a 15 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rodeo, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. This trailhead is signed, but there is no parking immediately across from it, so it is better to park at the junction and walk there. From here, the trail continues southeast a short distance before swinging south. The trail swings to the southwest and begins its four tenths of a mile descent to Cima Saddle, which was hit by the fire but still has many standing trees—but almost as many fallen ones. Campsites are everywhere in this range and along both approach routes. (31.84307, -109.29953) This junction is also signed. 9165 ft – 9570 ft, Elevation gain/loss: DESCRIPTION: This is a rugged thirty (30) mile backpack trek located in the heart of the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. A few trees do remain, but the majority here were obliterated, only their blackened stumps remaining. Search. After a quarter mile, you will swing around to the southeast, and 0.16 miles beyond that bend you pass the point where a connector trail to the Mormon Ridge Trail once descended to the south. Back to the Crest Trail—you will gradually swing around to the south and after nearly three tenths of a mile the trail enters a more recent burn, where the Horseshoe 2 fire took out what was untouched by the Rattlesnake. Douglas Ranger District 1192 West Saddleview Rd. It runs along the main spine of the Chiricahua Mtns. A little over two tenths of a mile after beginning to head south, and a very short distance after curving again towards the southwest, the Bootlegger Trail climbs away to the ridgetop off the right side of the trail. (31.89389, -109.28211) The Rock Creek Trail connects in at the south edge of the saddle, and as of early May 2016, it has a new trail sign visible from the Crest. There are other sites in Turkey Creek and along Rucker Canyon Road. The primary trailhead exists just outside the Rustler Park gate. I must say that despite the heavy burn, the trail signs are all where they are supposed to be. Shortly before the saddle, the pines become thicker, and approximately a quarter mile beyond Round Park a faint trail junction can be seen on the left. Trail descriptions & maps © 2020 Jonathan Patt; mileage, elevations & GPS coordinates public domain. The Aspen Saddle junction (31.84217, -109.28597) lies 400 feet further along the Crest, where the Chiricahua Peak Bypass heads northwest. (31.89256, -109.28367) The Bootlegger Trail drops away to the south and begins a steep, switchbacking descent from here. To make the job of describing this trail network a bit more manageable, we have broken it up into three parts. To make the job of describing this trail network a bit more manageable, we have broken it up into three parts. Dogs are also able to use this trail. After a quarter mile, the trail turns southwest and shortly after enters a thicker stretch of pines before swinging around to the southeast, exiting onto another barren and very steep slope and coming to Saulsbury Junction, where the Saulsbury Trail leaves on the right side of the trail, heading northwest, almost paralleling the Crest Trail for a short while as it drops away steeply. Follow signage appropriately. North of Rustler Park, the trail was cleared over the summer but may have new deadfall. (31.86524, -109.28290) This is the abandoned southern half of the Booger Spring Trail. (31.86884, -109.28508) That trail is not visible immediately at this point, but there is a sign for it about 35 feet to the northwest (31.86892, -109.28506), from which point it heads north for a time before beginning its switchbacking ascent. Aspen Saddle has amazing views, enough to placate those disappointed by Chiricahua Peak. (31.89531, -109.28149) Note that the sign at the spring lists this segment of the Crest Trail as being the Bootlegger Trail, which is no longer the case. The Crest Trail is actually a system of trails, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted letter “Y” on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. This stretch has a large number of aspen saplings mixed in among the sparse pines. This southeast fork of the Crest Trail #270 goes to Sentinel Peak. At the end of this segment, the trail reaches Barfoot Lookout Saddle directly south of Buena Vista Peak, a signed junction with the Barfoot Park Trail and Barfoot Lookout Trail. This junction is marked with multiple signs, though some are currently incorrectly numbered. There are sections of burn, sections not burned, and fantastic flowers/ferns along the way. (31.88653, -109.27931), The Saulsbury Trail climbs steeply from its trailhead in West Turkey Creek to meet the Crest a little over a quarter mile northwest of Round Park. This junction is also marked with a … It may be lying on the ground. The northern leg of the ⅄-shaped Crest Trail system, this segment extends from the Barfoot Park Road (FR 357) just north of Buena Vista Peak south to Junction Saddle, a central junction north of Chiricahua Peak. (31.90162, -109.28226) This junction is marked with a brand new sign as of spring 2013. A bit of an S-curve follows over the next tenth of a mile before the trail emerges from under pine canopy to cross a barren stretch. A 0.26 mile spur trail climbs to the southwest and connects into the Crest at the Rustler Park Junction. Douglas, AZ 85607 The trail heads along the northwest face of the hill south of Rustler Park, visible along the Rustler Park Road in places. (31.86141, -109.28739). Crest Trail was in great shape the whole way. Great overlooks of Cave Creek Canyon, Views start at the trailhead, Access to the high country via Crest Trail, Desert to mountains diversity. After leaving Arizona for academic pursuits, he returned 20 years ago on a Sierra Club service trip to clear the Chiricahua Crest Trail. 6.3 miles of this trail are within the Chiricahua Wilderness. The tread is intermittently narrow and in poor quality in places, but passable to hikers. Although there was minimal climbing compared to most of our hikes, we were keenly aware of the +6000-foot difference in elevation. The Crest Trail heads west from here and curves around to the south as it ascends the slope of the actual crest of the Chiricahuas, at times only a short distance from the top. Tree-covered summit lacks views. The Barfoot Park Trail climbs half a mile starting from the southwest corner of the meadow at Barfoot Park (31.91697, -109.27995) to meet the Crest at Barfoot Lookout Saddle. The Crest Trail is accessible from many locations along the Chiricahua crest. 3. Contact Information. I take the right, which brings me quickly to a sign for Ojo Agua Trail. After passing under a rock ledge after about a tenth of a mile, the Anita Park Trail climbs away to the northwest on the left side of the trail. Well, one bit is #270 and the other two are #270C, but the sign just says Crest Trail everywhere. The Crest Trail climbs immediately away from the Barfoot Park Road, cutting up the south slope of Buena Vista Peak heading west-southwest. The southern terminus is at Junction Saddle, (31.84959, -109.28897) which can be reached via the other two legs of the Crest Trail or the Chiricahua Peak Trail. TRAIL: An easier route to Heart of Rocks than starting from the Visitor Center with more views of the rock formations. The first unobstructed view, looking northeast towards Cave Creek. Downed logs common along trail since fire. Ed Riggs Trail drops you into the canyon while Mushroom Rock Trail climbs 610 ft/ 186 m up the other side. The sq. Those two trails have their own junction a short distance to the southeast and combine into a single trail which continues to this junction. There are increasingly wonderful views to the north, including out to the Dos Cabezos Mountains. Complete the Heart of Rocks and return, or continue with the Big Loop. Trees, however, block the view from the top! 150 feet beyond, you will exit the trees onto the saddle. From Aspen Saddle, the trail heads northwest in a straight line for just under 0.2 mile. The Bootlegger Trail climbs steeply to the Crest at a signed junction above Rustler Park. The first is a 450 foot spur trail which drops away northeast to the Long Park Road (31.89305, -109.28318) and the second, the southern terminus of the Bootlegger Trail, lies 200 feet beyond along the Crest Trail at the southern edge of Bootlegger Saddle. A benefit of the barren slopes here is that it has a spectacular view into the top end of Rucker Canyon and beyond. (31.91479, -109.27410) The Crest Trail continues south via the leftmost fork in the junction. (31.90552, -109.28077) As of April 2017, there is a $5 day use fee to park here. But now nine years have passed, and we decided it was time to return to the Chiricahua Crest Trail to scout the area for a future trip. From the high point, the trail passes through five switchbacks as it descends to Chiricahua Saddle. About 2.5 miles from the Wilderness boundary, the trail reaches Junction Saddle. (31.85704, -109.28947) This trail has been completely lost to erosion on this steep slope and had been abandoned. The Booger Spring Trail forks off the Bear Wallow Trail a short distance to the north. (31.90162, -109.28226), A 450 foot spur trail meets the Crest at the north edge of Bootlegger Saddle (31.89305, -109.28318) from a bend in the Long Park Road (FR 42D). View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. Another 0.2 mile through eroded slopes and occasionally faint trail and you will reach the edge of unburned forest, which the trail remains in for the rest of its length. Within a tenth of a mile you should be able to see the Long Park Road (FR 42D) not far below the trail, following the same basic route for a while. The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona form one of the largest freestanding mountain ranges in the state and offer a rich assortment of hiking opportunities, with hundreds of miles of official trails. This 400 ft high waterfall is viewed from the Greenhouse trail and may explain it's familiarity to many. Major access points for this leg of the Crest include: The northern terminus (31.91693, -109.26827) is along the Barfoot Park Road (FR 357), 0.14 mile north of its junction with the Rustler Park Road (FR 42D). 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