Chiricahua Peak

San Simon, Arizona

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Topping out at nearly 10,000 feet, the Chiricahuas are the second-highest mountain range in southeastern Arizona. Despite their lofty status, however, reaching the summit is a relatively simple task, thanks to the Crest Trail. In just 5 miles of mostly easy grades this hike will put you on top of 9,796-foot Chiricahua Peak. Unfortunately, much of the Crest Trail was greatly affected by two major forest ?res. First in 1994 the 27,500-acre Rattlesnake Fire swept across portions of the mountain range. Then in 2011 the 223,000-acre Horseshoe II Fire added insult to injury. Although this devastation has resulted in charred stands of dead timber and a lot of dead-fall across the trail, it has also opened up some nice vistas of the surrounding basin-and-range topography.

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"Topping out at nearly 10,000 feet, the Chiricahuas are the second-highest mountain range in southeastern Arizona. Despite their lofty status, however, reaching the summit is a relatively simple task, thanks to the Crest Trail. In just 5 miles of mostly easy grades this hike will put you on top of 9,796-foot Chiricahua Peak.

Unfortunately, much of the Crest Trail was greatly affected by two major forest ?res. First in 1994 the 27,500-acre Rattlesnake Fire swept across portions of the mountain range. Then in 2011 the 223,000-acre Horseshoe II Fire added insult to injury. Although this devastation has resulted in charred stands of dead timber and a lot of dead-fall across the trail, it has also opened up some nice vistas of the surrounding basin-and-range topography."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Simon
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,400 feet
Top Elevation: 9,796 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest; Chiricahua Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Rustler Peak, Chiricahua Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiricahua Peak

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