Monte Vista Peak

Douglas, Arizona

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This hike takes you to the summit of a 9,000-foot peak in the southern Chiricahua Wilderness in the Chiricahua Mountains. The trail climbs north along the North Fork of Rucker Canyon, in pine-oak woodland. After a couple of switchbacks lead out of the canyon, the trail climbs along the east slopes of the canyon, and the grade becomes steeper. You’re hiking through a fine example of a mature ponderosa pine forest. Large trees known as yellow pines predominate, and the forest is open and spacious. You’ll also see Apache pine, which is found only in southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Its longer, lighter-colored needles distinguish Apache pine from ponderosa pine.

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"This hike takes you to the summit of a 9,000-foot peak in the southern Chiricahua Wilderness in the Chiricahua Mountains. The trail climbs north along the North Fork of Rucker Canyon, in pine-oak woodland. After a couple of switchbacks lead out of the canyon, the trail climbs along the east slopes of the canyon, and the grade becomes steeper.

You’re hiking through a fine example of a mature ponderosa pine forest. Large trees known as yellow pines predominate, and the forest is open and spacious. You’ll also see Apache pine, which is found only in southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Its longer, lighter-colored needles distinguish Apache pine from ponderosa pine."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Douglas
Distance: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 2,760 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 9,400 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak; Coronado National Forest (Chiricahua, Peloncillo, Dragoon Mountain Ranges)
Driving Directions: Directions to Monte Vista Peak

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May 2018