Rucker Trail #222 is a hiking trail in Cochise County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua Wilderness Area. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 6,110 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,288 feet. The Rucker Canyon Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. There is also an information guidepost. The Rucker Forest Camp site and the Old Wilderness Boundary Sign information sign can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail.
Rucker Trail #222 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Located in the southernmost corner of the state, the Chiricahua Mountains are home to a number of plants and animals not normally found in the United States. Fauna usually associated with Mexico’s Sierra Madre, such as the Apache fox squirrel and the Mexican chickadee, are often spotted in the Chiricahuas. Tree species such as the Chihuahua pine grow here as well. A good place to enjoy these semi-exotic species is in Rucker Canyon, which is in the southern end of the range."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"A day hike to an overlook above Rucker Canyon, 3.9 miles one way.
This trail makes an outstanding day hike from the end of the Rucker Canyon Road (FR 74E). The bottomland forests along the lower part of the trail make excellent bird and deer habitat, and the upper segment of the trail offers spectacular views of multicolored rock formations flanking upper Rucker Canyon. At its upper end, the trail links up with the Red Rock Canyon Trail via Sage Peak, and a primitive track also runs up Price Canyon to meet the Chiricahua Crest Trail. There may be water in the wash of Rucker Canyon seasonally, but there are no springs along the route."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides).
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