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Flys Peak - Rustler Park TH, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,336 feet
Elevation Gain 1,331 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Crest Trail #270
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Centella Trail # 334
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Flys Peak Trail #337
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Do you want Flys with that?
by PrestonSands

Overview: Flys Peak, the second highest summit in the Chiricahua Mountains at 9667 feet, is midway between Chiricahua Peak and the popular Rustler Park Trailhead. Flys Peak can be done as an easy out and back day hike from Rustler Park, or included as a side hike along the Crest Trail. This description follows the Crest Trail #270 from Rustler Park to Flys Peak. One could also follow the Long Park Trail #42D from the end of the Rustler Park road for a shorter hike, or an optional loop.


Hike: From the Rustler Park Trailhead, a short access trail climbs to the west from the parking lot, and quickly arrives at a signed junction with the Crest Trail. Turn left onto the Crest Trail, which ascends gently, while heading south and east along a heavily wooded mountainside above Rustler Park. One can catch a brief view to the east of the San Simon Valley, as the trail traverses below a cliff face.

Turning south and west, the Crest Trail crosses an open mountainside above East Turkey Creek, passing the concrete box at Hillside Spring, before entering the meadow at Bootlegger Saddle at 1.6 miles. Leaving the saddle, the trail climbs briefly, and enters a large mountainside meadow, created by the 1994 Rattlesnake Fire. Views, ferns, and wildflowers abound.

Continuing south, the route finds itself in a thick covering of raspberry bushes, as it crosses the steep western slope of peak 9308, and thereafter arrives atop a ridge overlooking Flys Park, where the round, forested dome of Flys Peak comes into view.

The Crest Trail makes a gentle descent to the meadow at Flys Park, where it comes to a signed five-way trail junction. (31.87963 N, 109.28665 W) Turn onto the more primitive and somewhat overgrown Flys Peak Trail #337, which angles southeast, climbing a slope of post-fire aspens. Fallen, cut logs indicate the route, as the Flys Peak Trail zigzags up the northwest ridge of Flys Peak.

Just over one half mile above Flys Park, the Flys Peak Trail arrives at a cairned junction (31.873 N, 109.28483 W) among big trees, high on the western slope of Flys Peak. A spur trail to the summit doubles back to the north at the cairn, climbs a bit more, and quickly deposits you on the forested summit of Flys Peak, 3.5 miles from Rustler Park. A campsite exists, as well as a summit cairn and register. Heavy tree cover obscures most of the view, however one can see Chiricahua Peak to the south, and a bit of the surrounding area from a small open spot just below the summit cairn.

Retrace your steps to return.

PrestonSands
    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 Rustler Park CG Trailhead
    From Tucson, take I-10 east to Willcox. From Willcox, head south on AZ Highway 186 for 33 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ Highway 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 3 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 42 (Pinery Canyon Road). Continue up Pinery Canyon on FR 42 for 12 miles to the junction with FR 42D (Rustler Park Road), at Onion Saddle. Turn right and drive about 2.8 miles on FR 42D to the signed parking area for Rustler Park Trailhead on the left.

    Forest Roads 42 and 42D are gravel roads suitable for passenger vehicles. Open from April through November, they are not plowed and are usually closed following early or late season snowstorms. These roads are rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick after a rain.

    2009-08-11 Preston Sands writes: There is a sign at Rustler Park TH indicating that trailhead parking is $5.00, as of 8-9-09. It was not there last October.

    2009-09-22 Vashti writes: Campground fees are currently $10/night, and the trail head parking is listed as $5/night on the sign.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 243 mi - about 4 hours 28 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi - about 2 hours 53 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 387 mi - about 6 hours 34 mins
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