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Bootlegger Trail #257, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,523 feet
Elevation Gain -341 feet
Accumulated Gain 750 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.1
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Crest Trail #270
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1  2010-06-05
Crest Trail #270 - Wilderness to Monte Vista
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:02am - 6:22pm
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Bootlegger Trail is a short, steep side trail off the Crest Trail #270 in the vicinity of Rustler Park. It connects the Crest with two primitive forest trails, Rattlesnake Trail #275 and Rock Creek Trail #259, both of which lead down the mountain to the west. The Bootlegger Trail connects with the Crest at two points. One is just above Rustler Park Campground about 0.4 mile south of where the access trail from the campground intersects the Crest. The other junction is at Bootlegger Saddle, about one trail mile farther south on the Crest.

In between those two points, the Bootlegger Trail drops down onto a saddle that separates the upper reaches of Rattlesnake and Rock canyons. Trail surroundings here are forests of pine and fir. The saddle and a few points along the trail offer views of both of the aforementioned drainages as well as the lower western slopes and peaks of the Chiricahuas. The southern section of the trail, between the Rattlesnake/Rock Creek junction and Bootlegger Saddle is very steep, ascending 500 feet in less than half a mile. The northern section of the trail has some stretches that will make you breathe hard as well.

In addition to providing access to the Rattlesnake and Rock Creek Trails, Bootlegger Trail offers an opportunity for a loop out of Rustler Park Campground. This loop incorporates about a mile and a half of the Crest Trail from the campground. Best views are at Bootlegger Saddle where you can see a number of mountain ranges and valleys to the west and south of the Chiricahuas.

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2008-06-12 HAZ_Hikebot
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Most recent Triplog Review
Bootlegger Trail #257
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Date hike just me and Brad. Parked at Granite Mtn trailhead - not another car there. Took Bootlegger :next: Scenic View :next: Granite Mountain Loop trail :next: Saddlehorn :next: Bootlegger :next: parking lot.

Incredibly gorgeous light on the granite rocks. Hot but mostly in the shade since we started late. Massive downed cactus on GML was up just a few weeks ago. Cycle of life. Then dinner outside at Isabella's Kitchen in Grayhawk. Sunday eating out is amazing - no wait - no crowds.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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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