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Long Park Trail #42D - Chiricahua Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,052 feet
Elevation Gain -64 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.03
Backpack Yes
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27  2020-06-17
Chiricahuas - South Flys and Snowshed
DixieFlyer
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 29
Routes 333
Photos 4,285
Trips 299 map ( 3,682 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Nov, Oct → Early
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:18am - 7:26pm
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A short but useful trail
by DixieFlyer

Overview
Hiking Long Park Trail #42D is the shortest way to get to Flys Peak and Chiricahua Peak.


Hike
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 is easy to follow; however, in the summertime, you might brush up against some ferns that encroach on the trail.

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.

Synopsis
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 that are alongside and off of 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.

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2020-06-18 DixieFlyer

    One-Way Notice
    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.
    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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    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The trailhead is at the end of FR 42D, and is two miles beyond Rustler Park. While FR 42D is a well-graded, unpaved road to Rustler Park, beyond Rustler Park the road has some rough, rocky, and steep sections. When dry a skillful driver in a high clearance vehicle with good off-road tires could possibly drive to the trailhead; however, a high clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended. GPS coordinates for the TH are 31.8864, -109.2794.

    Directions to Rustler Park are here.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Jun 18 2020 6:39 am
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