Saulsbury Canyon

Sunizona, Arizona

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A day hike or backpack from Turkey Creek to the Chiricahua Crest trail. A backward look reveals Little Bull as a rounded dome with cliffs across its eastern face. Delicate spires of rock can be seen on its southern slope as the path climbs the slopes of Flys Peak. The hike begins on a jeep trail that follows Ward Creek as far as the mouth of Saulsbury Canyon. This latter ravine is quite shallow and is cloaked in pines and evergreen oaks. Check dams have been built across the wash to retain rainwater and stall floods. In the upper reaches of the canyon, the trail follows the western edge of the 1994 Chiricahua burn. Immediately after the blaze, a dense carpet of lupines covered the scorched soil to the east of the trail.

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"A day hike or backpack from Turkey Creek to the Chiricahua Crest trail. A backward look reveals Little Bull as a rounded dome with cliffs across its eastern face. Delicate spires of rock can be seen on its southern slope as the path climbs the slopes of Flys Peak.

The hike begins on a jeep trail that follows Ward Creek as far as the mouth of Saulsbury Canyon. This latter ravine is quite shallow and is cloaked in pines and evergreen oaks. Check dams have been built across the wash to retain rainwater and stall floods. In the upper reaches of the canyon, the trail follows the western edge of the 1994 Chiricahua burn. Immediately
after the blaze, a dense carpet of lupines covered the scorched soil to the east of the trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Sunizona
Distance: 12.8
Elevation Gain: 3,141 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,160 feet
Local Contacts: Chiricahua Wilderness, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak, Rustler Park; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Saulsbury Canyon

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May 2018