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Crest Trail #270 - Barfoot LO to Wilderness, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,431 feet
Elevation Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.33
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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10  2021-04-09
Rustler Park Chiricahua Mountains
17  2020-09-13
Crest Trail - Barfoot Park to Fly's Peak
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,862
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Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
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Gateway to the Wilderness
by HAZ_Hikebot

The Crest Trail is actually a system of trails, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted "Y" on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. To make the job of describing this trail network a bit more manageable, the FS has broken it up into three parts. This northernmost segment of the Crest Trail is the only portion which is outside the Chiricahua Wilderness.

A variety of outstanding views is just one of the features you'll find along this portion of the Chiricahua mountain range's longest trail. It wanders through wildflower-carpeted meadows and dense stands of pine and fir as it winds along the backbone ridge of the Chiricahuas. The course it follows extends between a trailhead on FR 357 just west of the junction with FR 42D, and the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness near Flys Peak. Most people, however, access the trail from the main trailhead located on the west side of the loop road at the end of Rustler Park Campground.

Barfoot Lookout on the summit of Buena Vista Peak provides marvelous views a short but steep climb from this trail's northern end. If you come from the Rustler Park Trailhead, it is a little over 1.5 miles to views which include the dramatic profile of Cochise Head, the sheer bluffs of Barfoot Peak, Cave Creek Canyon and Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoons.

Heading south from the Rustler Park Campground, the trail leads through forests draped with Spanish moss and carpeted with bracken fern. At Bootlegger Saddle, 1.4 miles from the campground, there are more good views and a number of connecting trails. From here it is about a mile to the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness. Centella Point, Chiricahua Peak and Flys Peak, are within easy distance along connecting trails. Even Monte Vista Peak, with its marvelous vistas, is a long but manageable day trip along the Crest.

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2008-06-11 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Rustler Park CG Trailhead
    From Tucson, take I-10 east to Willcox. From Willcox, head south on AZ Highway 186 for 33 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ Highway 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 3 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 42 (Pinery Canyon Road). Continue up Pinery Canyon on FR 42 for 12 miles to the junction with FR 42D (Rustler Park Road), at Onion Saddle. Turn right and drive about 2.8 miles on FR 42D to the signed parking area for Rustler Park Trailhead on the left.

    Forest Roads 42 and 42D are gravel roads suitable for passenger vehicles. Open from April through November, they are not plowed and are usually closed following early or late season snowstorms. These roads are rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick after a rain.

    2009-08-11 Preston Sands writes: There is a sign at Rustler Park TH indicating that trailhead parking is $5.00, as of 8-9-09. It was not there last October.

    2009-09-22 Vashti writes: Campground fees are currently $10/night, and the trail head parking is listed as $5/night on the sign.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 243 mi - about 4 hours 28 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi - about 2 hours 53 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 387 mi - about 6 hours 34 mins
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