Horseshoe Pass

Portal, Arizona

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This trail makes a fantastic day trip from the South Fork Cave Creek Picnic Area, offering outstanding views of the stone towers above the Cave Creek basin. The trail begins in rich bottomland forest below soaring towers of multicolored rhyolite. Mountain trees such as Chihuahua and ponderosa pines and evergreen oaks mix with water-loving trees such as cypresses and sycamores. As the path ascends the valley, bigtooth maples become prevalent. A scattering of yuccas reminds the traveler that the Chiricahuas are a desert range. The trail frequently crosses the streamcourse as the water splashes through stony runs and quiet pools.

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"This trail makes a fantastic day trip from the South Fork Cave Creek Picnic Area, offering outstanding views of the stone towers above the Cave Creek basin. The trail begins in rich bottomland forest below soaring towers of multicolored rhyolite.

Mountain trees such as Chihuahua and ponderosa pines and evergreen oaks mix with water-loving trees such as cypresses and sycamores. As the path ascends the valley, bigtooth maples become prevalent. A scattering of yuccas reminds the traveler that the Chiricahuas are a desert range. The trail frequently crosses the streamcourse as the water splashes through stony runs and quiet pools."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portal
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 2,395 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,210 feet
Local Contacts: Chiricahua Wilderness, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Portal Peak; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Horseshoe Pass

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May 2018