Chiricahua Crest

Portal, Arizona 85632

Chiricahua Crest

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A backpacking trail from Rustler Park to Sentinel Peak, 10.3 miles one way.

This long and heavily traveled trail follows the crest of the Chiricahua Mountains from Rustler Park to Sentinel Peak. The alpine forests and meadows along the route were extensively sculpted by fire in 1994, and only patches of unburned vegetation survived the blaze. The trail has received a considerable amount of maintenance since the fire and should be easy to follow along its entire length. Numerous developed springs supply water for extended trips; backpackers need only bring a water purifier. Hikers seeking solitude may have to travel away from the crest to get it; this trail is undoubtedly the most popular trail in the Chiricahua Wilderness."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,145 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best March to November
Additional Use
USGS Chiricahua Peak, Rustler Park, Portal Peak; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains
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