Chiricahua Crest

Willcox, Arizona 85643

Chiricahua Crest

Chiricahua Crest Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
15.2 miles
1,890 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 days
Best June-October
Additional Use
Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 3081 North Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas, Arizona 85607, (520) 364-3468
Local Contacts
Rustler Park, Chiricahua Peak U.S.G.S.
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