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Crest Trail #270 - Wilderness to Monte Vista, AZ
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The Crest Trail is actually a system of trails, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted letter "Y" on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. To make the job of describing this trail network a bit more manageable, we have broken it up into three parts. This page describes the trail from the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness to the foot of the upside down Y's southwestern leg on Monte Vista Peak. About 2.5 miles from the Wilderness boundary, the trail reaches Junction Saddle. The southeast fork of the Crest Trail #270 goes to Sentinel Peak.

Between the Wilderness boundary and Monte Vista Peak, the Crest Trail offers access to a land of diverse forests, wildflower clad meadows, soaring overlooks and some of the highest summits in the mountain range. Particular features accessible along this section of the Crest include Flys Peak, Anita Park, Chiricahua Peak and the unmatched views of Monte Vista Peak. Centella Point, Winn Falls, Anita Spring and Booger Spring are accessible via spurs or connecting trails.


Another aspect of this trail is its pleasant character. Much of it wanders along a wide and easy to follow trail, cushioned with pine needles and shaded by tall trees. The gradient is moderate, and grassy parks and distant vistas appear with pleasing frequency. Even the wildlife seems cooperative. It's a good place to see Coues white-tailed deer, a variety of songbirds and the retreating shadow of a shy black bear. Numerous side trails provide plenty of opportunity for added adventure.

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 6.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,431 feet
Elevation Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.97
Author HAZ_Hikebot
Descriptions 12,196
Routes 9,587
Photos 19
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Location Hike, AZ .com
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Chiricahua Figure 8 Loop
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35  2011-05-13 GrottoGirl
9  2010-12-19
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak Loop
hhwolf14
18  2010-10-02
Anita Park - Chiricahuas
cindyl
7  2010-09-19
Crest Trail #270 - Jct Saddle to Sentinel Peak
sumnergeo
1  2010-06-05 sumnergeo
8  2009-08-30
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
hhwolf14
7  2004-04-25
Paint Rock 2004
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Wilderness Chiricahua
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:11am - 5:15pm
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Crest #270 - Rustler Park to Barfoot LO
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Bootlegger Trail #257
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750 ft
Crest Trail #270 - Jct Saddle to Sentinel Peak
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Sentinel Peak
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Flys Peak - Rustler Park TH
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Crest Trail #270 - Barfoot LO to Wilderness
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by HAZ_Hikebot

The Crest Trail is actually a system of trails, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted letter "Y" on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. To make the job of describing this trail network a bit more manageable, we have broken it up into three parts. This page describes the trail from the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness to the foot of the upside down Y's southwestern leg on Monte Vista Peak. About 2.5 miles from the Wilderness boundary, the trail reaches Junction Saddle. The southeast fork of the Crest Trail #270 goes to Sentinel Peak.

Between the Wilderness boundary and Monte Vista Peak, the Crest Trail offers access to a land of diverse forests, wildflower clad meadows, soaring overlooks and some of the highest summits in the mountain range. Particular features accessible along this section of the Crest include Flys Peak, Anita Park, Chiricahua Peak and the unmatched views of Monte Vista Peak. Centella Point, Winn Falls, Anita Spring and Booger Spring are accessible via spurs or connecting trails.


Another aspect of this trail is its pleasant character. Much of it wanders along a wide and easy to follow trail, cushioned with pine needles and shaded by tall trees. The gradient is moderate, and grassy parks and distant vistas appear with pleasing frequency. Even the wildlife seems cooperative. It's a good place to see Coues white-tailed deer, a variety of songbirds and the retreating shadow of a shy black bear. Numerous side trails provide plenty of opportunity for added adventure.


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    One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    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
    page created by joebartels on Jun 11 2008 9:14 pm
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