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Turtle Mountain Trail #219, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Douglas
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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
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.43
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Preferred   May, Sep, Aug, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:47am - 5:17pm
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Brushy Canyon Trail #355
Brushy Canyon Trail #355
same trailhead
2.6 mi
808 ft
Turtle Mtn Access Trail #219A
1.0 mi away
0.8 mi
14 ft
Red Rock Canyon Trail #223
1.3 mi away
7.0 mi
2,662 ft
John Long Canyon Trail #267
1.5 mi away
4.5 mi
1,838 ft
Monte Vista Trail #221
2.0 mi away
3.6 mi
2,688 ft
Raspberry Ridge Trail #228
2.4 mi away
6.4 mi
3,496 ft
Rucker Canyon Trail #222
Rucker Canyon Trail #222
2.4 mi away
4.1 mi
4,876 ft
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Devil's Canyon Trail #237
2.9 mi away
4.0 mi
1,096 ft
Cottonwood Trail #233
3.1 mi away
4.9 mi
1,656 ft
Cottonwood to John Long Trail #353
3.6 mi away
1.9 mi
643 ft
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by HAZ_Hikebot

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, in appropriately 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 a number of 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 great 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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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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