DestinationRucker Canyon Trail #222
|Hiking||8.50 Miles|| 2 Hrs 55 Mns || ||2.91 mph|
|1,850 ft AEG|| || || |
Headed down to the Chiricahuas to do yet another great hike! Rucker Canyon is at the end of a 29 mile dirt road that is easily passable by passenger car. This road is roughly at mile marker 29 on Highway 191 South of I-10. The trail starts off following the creek with a nice gentle grade as it makes its way up the canyon. Several times it crosses the creek and in some places the trail has been washed out by rock slides. This area is very nice and is mostly a pine forest. Then a few miles into the hike the fun begins. The trail starts to gain elevation quickly via several switchbacks. Before you know it the views really open up and the colors of the Chiricahuas start to pop. At roughly 4 miles from the trailhead you come to a junction where there is a large rock overhang. Turning to the Right takes you to the Red Rock Canyon Trail. I took this path up onto the ridge and then went straight up to the summit of the peak just South/West of the Ridge. From up top the views were AMAZING. You could see well into Mexico which was cool! After enjoying the views I headed back as I was running out of day light.
It was a great hike but if you go, be prepared for quite a bit of downed trees. Just a heads up.