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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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing) (Wilderness Press).
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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