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Centella Trail # 334, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,057 feet
Elevation Gain 279 feet
Accumulated Gain 349 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.56
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 10 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:09am - 5:14pm
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Crest #270 - Rustler Park to Barfoot LO
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For travelers along the Crest Trail, and for visitors to Rustler Park looking for a scenic way to spend a day, here's a system of trails that leads to a number of interesting features including Flys Peak, Bear Wallow Spring, Tub Spring and scenic Centella Point. This trail branches off the Crest Trail #270 along the stretch that lies between Flys Park and Round Park, just south of the Wilderness Boundary. Centella Trail heads east from a junction where the Long Park, Crest and Flys Peak trails intersect.

The trip to Centella Point, with its panoramic overlooks of the Cave Creek Basin, is 1.9 miles long. "Centella" is the Spanish word for "thunderbolt." Be sure to notice the trees which have been struck by lightning on this exposed point. This area, which was the site of a small but hot fire in 1987, provides an excellent opportunity to observe how the forest regenerates after such a disturbance. Aspen, one of the first tree species to sprout after a fire, are growing on the north end of the ridge. Various wildflowers and grasses cover much of the fire site. Insects and birds are plentiful, and animals such as black bear seem to welcome rather than regret the meadow that has been created.

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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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