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A short but useful trail
Hiking Long Park Trail #42D is the shortest way to get to Flys Peak and Chiricahua Peak.
From the trailhead, the trail heads southwest for 0.7 miles to Fly Saddle. Fly Saddle is a 5-way junction with Crest Trail 270, which goes in two different directions, Flys Peak Trail #337, and Centella Trail #334.
Shortly after leaving the trailhead, the trail goes into the Chiricahua Wilderness.
The trail is in good condition and easy to follow; however, you might brush up against some ferns that encroach on the trail in the summertime.
This area burned in the Horseshoe 2 fire in 2011; however, some large pine trees still remain. There are also some stands of aspens that are growing in the aftermath of the fire.
Don't be surprised to see some wildlife while hiking on this trail -- the author of this guide has seen bear, deer, and turkey in the area.
This trail offers a good alternative to the Rustler Park Trailhead and the trailheads on Turkey Creek Road to get to some of the peaks in the Chiricahua Mountains alongside and off the Crest Trail. In particular, this trail facilitates access to Flys Peak and Chiricahua Peak. However, note that you'll need a vehicle with some off-road capabilities to access the trailhead.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.