Chiricahua Crest Loop Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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Another great hike from Turkey Creek on the west side of the Chiricahuas, this loop ascends to the Chiricahua Crest via the Pole Bridge Canyon and Turtle Mountain Trails. Using the Crest Trail, you climb Monte Vista Peak, an open summit that offers sweeping views, and then continue to Chiricahua Saddle. An optional side trip takes you to the highest summit in the range, Chiricahua Peak. Then the Mormon Ridge Trail is used to descend to Turkey Creek and the trailhead. Hike counter-clockwise to face the views as you descend the Mormon Ridge Trail.
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by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

Another great hike from Turkey Creek on the west side of the Chiricahuas, this loop ascends to the Chiricahua Crest via the Pole Bridge Canyon and Turtle Mountain Trails. Using the Crest Trail, you climb Monte Vista Peak, an open summit that offers sweeping views, and then continue to Chiricahua Saddle.

An optional side trip takes you to the highest summit in the range, Chiricahua Peak. Then the Mormon Ridge Trail is used to descend to Turkey Creek and the trailhead. Hike counter-clockwise to face the views as you descend the Mormon Ridge Trail.

©  Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 11.5
Elevation Gain: 4,240 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: May through November
Trailhead Elevation: 6,160 feet
Top Elevation: 9,355 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiricahua Crest Loop Trail

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