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Saulsbury Trail #263, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 5.01 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,201 feet
Elevation Gain 3,059 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,133 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.45
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Mormon Ridge Trail #269
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Mormon Ridge Trail #269
Mormon Ridge Trail #269
0.2 mi away
4.5 mi
3,108 ft
Pole Bridge Trail #264
0.3 mi away
3.8 mi
2,375 ft
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak Loop
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak Loop
0.5 mi away
15.2 mi
4,300 ft
Mormon Canyon Trail #352
0.8 mi away
2.7 mi
2,402 ft
Johnson Peak Loop aka Pole/Morse
Johnson Peak Loop aka Pole/Morse
1.3 mi away
6.0 mi
2,443 ft
Morse Canyon Trail #43
1.4 mi away
2.4 mi
1,916 ft
Hughes Tank Trail #262B
1.5 mi away
1.2 mi
163 ft
Mormon Canyon Loop - Chiricahua
Mormon Canyon Loop - Chiricahua
2.1 mi away
7.0 mi
2,660 ft
Turkey Pen Trail #262
2.2 mi away
3.0 mi
478 ft
Saulsbury Rock Canyon Connect Trail #340
2.3 mi away
0.4 mi
402 ft
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Mormon Ridge Trail #269, Mormon Canyon Trail #352 & Saulsbury Trail #263 lead from the road up West Turkey Creek (FR 41) to the Crest Trail in the vicinity of Chiricahua and Flys Peak. Since their trailheads are all located fairly close together they offer a number of possibilities for loop routes into the Chiricahua Wilderness high country.

Saulsbury Trail leads up the canyon of the same name to the north and east, then climbs up and out of the canyon and over Little Bull. Mountain to its junction with the Crest Trail. This route offers good views of West Turkey Creek Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon and the Sulphur Springs Valley. It can be hot if you traverse it during midday.


Mormon Ridge and Mormon Canyon Trails are both located south of Saulsbury and are aimed almost directly at Chiricahua Peak. Mormon Ridge is quite steep and many choose to follow it down, rather than up, if they use the trails to form a loop. Since it clings to the south-facing slope of Mormon Canyon, it can also be quite hot. These trails cross near the head of Mormon Canyon. From that junction, Mormon Ridge goes north toward Cima Park and Mormon Canyon goes south to Chiricahua Saddle. Both are points along the Crest Trail #270. These trails traverse a wide range of biologic zones. Starting out among plants characteristic of the Upper Sonoran Desert such as Schott's yucca and silverleaf oak, the trails climb into a forest of Engelmann spruce, a species found as far north as British Columbia. Mormon Canyon Trail passes through a picturesque riparian area that includes a number of Rocky Mountain maples. Those who visit in autumn will want to pass this way and enjoy the fall colors.

High country loops, Canyon and mountain views, Biological diversity, Riparian area, Fall colors. Saulsbury Trail is 4.4 miles long (4 miles in Chiricahua Wilderness); Mormon Ridge Trail is 4.5 miles long (3 in Wilderness); Mormon Canyon Trail is 3.4 miles (2.7 in Wilderness). All three of these trails connect to the Crest Trail #270. USGS Maps: Chiricahua Peak, Rustler Park

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From Tucson, take I-10 east for 72 miles to US 191. Turn south 21 miles to AZ 181 and drive 12 miles east to the Turkey Creek turnoff (FR 41). Follow this road 8 miles east to the Saulsbury Trailhead, located on FR 632 off of FR 41. The Mormon Ridge and Mormon Canyon Trailhead is located at Sycamore Campground on FR 41. These roads are rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick when wet. There is a flash flood danger at water crossings following summer and winter storms.
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