Chiricahua Crest

Portal, Arizona

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A backpacking trail from Rustler Park to Sentinel Peak. This point encompasses some of the most sweeping views in the Chiricahuas. To the southeast, the Peloncillo Range rises beyond the tawny expanse of the San Bernardino Valley. The Mule Mountains occupy the southwestern horizon, and visitors can look beyond the southerly Swisshelm Mountains to see deep into Mexico.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A backpacking trail from Rustler Park to Sentinel Peak. This point encompasses some of the most sweeping views in the Chiricahuas. To the southeast, the Peloncillo Range rises beyond the tawny expanse of the San Bernardino Valley. The Mule Mountains occupy the southwestern horizon, and visitors can look beyond the southerly Swisshelm Mountains to see deep into Mexico.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Portal
Distance: 20.6
Elevation Gain: 2,145 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 9,796 feet
Local Contacts: Chiricahua Wilderness, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak, Rustler Park, Portal Peak; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains
Topo Map: Chiricahua Crest Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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