Hands Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This challenging trail skirts below Chiricahua National Monument, traveling over Hands Pass and heading steeply down to join East Whitetail Creek. Although it is an exciting drive, most carefully driven, high-clearance SUVs with good tires can safely navigate the trail. Those driving vehicles with side steps, long overhangs, or low-hanging brush or towbars should think twice. There are several places along the trail where these are a distinct disadvantage and there is a risk of damage.
Special Attractions: Views of the jagged rock formations that form Pine Canyon; Shady trail that crosses Pine Creek numerous times; Access to hiking trails into the Chiricahua Wilderness; Many pleasant backcountry camping sites. This trail is for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is potentially dangerous, with large rocks, ruts, or terraces that may need to be negotiated. It may also have stream crossings at least 18 inches deep, involve rapid currents, unstable stream bottoms, or difficult access; steep slopes, loose surfaces, and narrow clearances; or very narrow sections of shelf road with steep drop-offs and potentially challenging road surfaces."