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Mormon Ridge Trail #269, AZ

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Distance One Way 4.53 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,153 feet
Elevation Gain 3,101 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,108 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 14.89
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27  2020-07-20
Mormon Canyon Pole Bridge Loop
markthurman53
29  2019-11-18
Saulsbury Mormon Ridge Loop
markthurman53
8  2019-08-21
Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak Loop
LJW
11  2018-10-19 element58
8  2018-09-16 gummo
6  2016-09-20 rwstorm
18  2016-04-23
Chiricahua Peak 9,742
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21  2016-04-23
Chiricahua Peak via Turkey Creek
John9L
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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 relatively close together, they offer several 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 located south of Saulsbury and aim 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 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 Rocky Mountain Maples. Those who visit in autumn will want to pass this way and enjoy the fall colors.

Highlights
• High country loops
• Canyon and mountain views
• Biological diversity
• Riparian area
• Fall colors

Area
• Saulsbury Trail is 4.4-miles (4-miles in Chiricahua Wilderness)
• Mormon Ridge Trail is 4.5-miles (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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