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West Turkey Creek Loop, AZ
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West Turkey Creek Loop, AZ 
West Turkey Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking Jul 22 2010
rwstorm
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.20 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Wendy and I left Tucson real early for a hike in the Chiricahua Mountains. As we drove into the canyon it was evident that it was going to be a real treat, with everything super wet and the creeks running strong. This great loop hike takes the better part of the day, so we were prepared for rain, but unbelievably none fell on us while on the trail! I was surprised that Wendy had not been on these trails before, so that made it extra special. Up Mormon Canyon, which I prefer to Mormon Ridge, then on to Chiricahua Saddle. From here southbound on the Crest Trail is pure joy to Raspberry Saddle, with terrific views opening up and wonderful Paint Rock to pass by. This is my favorite section of the Crest Trail. Turning westward on the Crest over to Monte Vista is also very nice, with excellent views to the south into Rucker Canyon. After an nice long break at Monte Vista, it was back to the car down the excellent Morse Canyon Trail. That is the section that we saw the bears, which added some brief drama.

It was a fantastic outing on just about a perfect day! First time to hike with Wendy and she picked this one. Said she likes water, well it was abundant to say the least! :D
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