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South Flys Peak - Chiricahua Wilderness, AZ

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Distance One Way 0.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,259 feet
Elevation Gain 310 feet
Accumulated Gain 310 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.48
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Chiricahuas - South Flys and Snowshed
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 58
Routes 507
Photos 7,086
Trips 463 map ( 5,750 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:12am - 7:26pm
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Shoo Flys Don't Bother Me
by DixieFlyer

South Flys Peak (elevation of 9,570' with 320' of prominence) is one of several 9,000' or higher peaks that you can access from Crest Trail #270 along the Chiricahua Mountains Ridgeline.

For this guide, the hike begins on the Crest Trail at Round Park (31.86871,-109.28502). This is near the point on the Crest Trail where it intersects Fly Peak Trail #337 on the south from Flys Peak, and where Bear Wallow Trail #333 heads northeast.

From Round Park, you will head south-southeast up to South Flys Peak (31.86517, -109.28759). The hike is off-trail up to the summit, and you'll need to pick a route through vegetation (mostly small aspen trees that are quite thick in places) and deadfall. It is not the easiest off-trail hike, but it is certainly not the worst. With a little perseverance, most hikers can successfully ascend the summit. There are quite a few trees at the summit, which limits the views. Nonetheless, there are good views of Chiricahua Peak. On the descent, you can either go back the way that you came up or if you want to hike toward Chiricahua Peak, you can head south and hit the Crest Trail going toward Chiricahua Peak. Less vegetation and deadfall to deal with make the descent on the south side easier.

If you are looking to bag some peaks in the Chiricahua Wilderness, this peak is a good one to tackle, particularly if you are already hiking up to either Flys Peak or Chiricahua Peak.

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2020-06-18 DixieFlyer

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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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    To hike
    The starting point from this hike can be accessed from Round Park, the Long Park Trailhead, or from one of the trailheads on Turkey Creek Road.
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