Rucker Canyon

Douglas, Arizona

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A trail and cross-country walk along lower Rucker Canyon in the Chiricahua Wilderness in the Chiricahua Mountains. Here, beside the musical stream, it’s easy to imagine that modern civilization does not exist, and that an Apache warrior may glide into view at any moment. The wilderness seems complete, and there are tantalizing views of the crags and forested peaks of upper Rucker Canyon. The Rucker Canyon Trail starts from the east end of the campground, following Rucker Creek upstream to the east through the shady pine forest. At 2.5 miles, the trail abruptly climbs out of the canyon via a series of switchbacks. Leave the trail here and continue up the canyon, following the stream. After 0.3 mile, the canyon turns north and becomes much rougher. This secluded spot is our destination.

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"A trail and cross-country walk along lower Rucker Canyon in the Chiricahua Wilderness in the Chiricahua Mountains. Here, beside the musical stream, it’s easy to imagine that modern civilization does not exist, and that an Apache warrior may glide into view at any moment. The wilderness seems complete, and there are tantalizing views of the crags and forested peaks of upper Rucker Canyon.

The Rucker Canyon Trail starts from the east end of the campground, following Rucker Creek upstream to the east through the shady pine forest. At 2.5 miles, the trail abruptly climbs out of the canyon via a series of switchbacks.
Leave the trail here and continue up the canyon, following the stream. After 0.3 mile, the canyon turns north and becomes much rougher. This secluded spot is our destination."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Douglas
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 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 Rucker Canyon

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May 2018