Chiricahua Crest

Willcox, Arizona

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This out-and-back hike takes you along the scenic crest of the Chiricahua Mountains, another of southern Arizona’s sky island ranges. The trail wanders through cool Douglas-fir and quaking aspen forest, and passes the highest peaks of the range enroute to Monte Vista Peak at the south end of the range. This 9355-foot summit rewards you with sweeping views of southeast Arizona and northern Mexico. Water is scarce since the trail stays on ridges. In the spring you may encounter lingering snowdrifts. Black bears are common and have been known to raid campsites for food. Hang your food or use a bear-proof backpacker ’s food container.

Chiricahua Crest Professional Review and Guide

"This out-and-back hike takes you along the scenic crest of the Chiricahua Mountains, another of southern Arizona’s sky island ranges. The trail wanders through cool Douglas-fir and quaking aspen forest, and passes the highest peaks of the range enroute to Monte Vista Peak at the south end of the range. This 9355-foot summit rewards you with sweeping views of southeast Arizona and northern Mexico.

Water is scarce since the trail stays on ridges. In the spring you may encounter lingering snowdrifts. Black bears are common and have been known to raid campsites for food. Hang your food or use a bear-proof backpacker ’s food container."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Willcox
Distance: 15.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,890 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best June-October
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 3081 North Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas, Arizona 85607, (520) 364-3468 www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado
Local Maps: Rustler Park, Chiricahua Peak U.S.G.S.
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiricahua Crest

Recent Trail Reviews

9/4/2010
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Easy to find. Springs are off of trail. Some illegal alien traffic along route. "Busy" on labor day weekend meant 3 parties of hikers. Pretty. Though not spectacular.



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