This trail extends between the Pine Canyon Road (FR 357) and the Bootlegger Trail #257. From a trailhead about a mile and a half east of the Methodist Camp on upper Pine Canyon Road, it heads up Rattlesnake Canyon following what is left of an old fire road. Although the road has deteriorated well beyond the state where it became impassable, traces of it remain along the trail's entire course through the canyon. After winding back and forth across the dry streambed of Rattlesnake Creek for about three quarters of a mile, the trail enters the Chiricahua Wilderness. About a half mile further up-canyon, a Forest Service sign marks the point where the trail leaves Rattlesnake Canyon to begin its climb into the high country. Once it leaves the canyon floor, the Rattlesnake Trail climbs to a high saddle and turns east. The views, as well as the gradient, are pleasant along this stretch of the trail, which more or less stays with the ridge line all the way to its junction with the Bootlegger Trail and the Rock Creek Trail #259 near the Wilderness boundary. From this junction, the Bootlegger Trail #257 provides a steep but direct route to the Crest Trail #270 while the Rock Creek Trail heads west into the narrow canyon of Rock Creek.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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