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Turtle Mountain Trail #219, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,014 feet
Elevation Gain 3,310 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,579 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18.33
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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12  2020-05-24
Chiricahua Peak Loop
20  2020-05-07
Chiricahuas: Monte Vista Peak - Johnson Peak
14  2016-04-24
Monte Vista Peak via Turkey Creek
27  2016-04-24
Monte Vista Peak
35  2015-09-16
Pole Bridge-Morse Canyon Loop
17  2013-04-27
Monte Vista LO via Pole Bridge/Morse Can
9  2010-12-19
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak Loop
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:12am - 7:26pm
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Turtle Mountain Trail offers a primitive route to the summit of soaring Monte Vista Peak out of Sycamore Canyon. It can be combined with the Monte Vista Trail #221 and the Brushy Canyon Trail, inappropriately named Brushy Canyon, to form a loop through this high and scenic region of the southern Chiricahuas. The Turtle Mountain Trail is exceptionally steep in several places, especially where it climbs up and over the rocky rim of Sycamore Canyon. At times you may find yourself feeling that its name comes as much from the pace one is able to set in traveling it as it derives from the shape of nearby Turtle Mountain.

After you climb out of Sycamore's inner gorge, scramble to a steep saddle, and curve around the northwestern shoulder of Turtle Mountain, 9,357 foot Monte Vista Peak comes into view and stays there for the rest of the journey to its summit. When you reach the summit, you will have a view of a panorama that stretches well into Mexico and encompasses much of southeastern Arizona and a healthy portion of southwestern New Mexico.

To turn your journey into a round trip, you can return the way you came or drop down the Monte Vista Trail into North Fork Canyon. That way, you'll get to enjoy one last look at all those fabulous views. From the end of the Monte Vista Trail, travel down North Fork Road about one-half mile to Brushy Canyon Trailhead. The Brushy Canyon Trail goes up and over a divide into Brushy Canyon on its way back to the Turtle Mountain Trailhead in Sycamore Canyon.

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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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Map Drive

To Brushy Trailhead
From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 29 miles to the turnoff to Rucker Lake. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 for 5 miles to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and drive 2 miles to FR 4244. Turn left (north) on FR 4244 and go to end of road.

From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which becomes FR 74 at the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 for 5 miles To FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and drive 2 miles to FR 4244. Turn left (north) on FR 4244 and go to end of road.

Road condition is unknown, clarification needed. Best go in with a 4x4 until further information is obtained.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 238 mi - about 4 hours 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 128 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 381 mi - about 6 hours 56 mins
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