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If I were in that general area, I'd definitely rather hike in the Pinalenos. That could be just because I've driven past them so many times on my way to the Galiuros without taking a detour.cactuscat wrote:Pinaleno's.
This! Jonathan speaks the truth.jonathanpatt wrote:The Crest Trail from Rustler Park south to and around Chiricahua Peak and some of its side trails including the loop around Fly Peak and out to Centella Point, plus spring access like Headquarters & Anita Spring all have been cleared by various volunteer crews in the past two months. Rustler Park is pretty ugly right now, though, and is a developed campground. I'd suggest camping at Barfoot Park instead. It's not an official campground with amenities, though it does have picnic tables and a spring nearby in the meadow. You can access the Crest from Barfoot Park directly via the Barfoot Lookout Trail (which isn't signed as such, but there is a "Trail" sign with an arrow at the southwest corner of the Barfoot meadow), or drive to Rustler or Long Park (4WD necessary for the latter) to get further south into the trail system.
I love the Cheeries but the Pinalenos just might be even more of what you are after.big_load wrote:If I were in that general area, I'd definitely rather hike in the Pinalenos. That could be just because I've driven past them so many times on my way to the Galiuros without taking a detour.cactuscat wrote:Pinaleno's.
Perfectly stated.jonathanpatt wrote:For sure—the Pinalenos have some beautiful trails and camping opportunities, but most of the trails have steep elevation changes that drop off the side of the mountain (with a few exceptions—some small loops up top, and the first few miles of the Clark Peak Trail), but the creation of the road along the top before a hiking trail network could be established up there eliminated a lot of the longer distance high elevation hiking options that the Chiricahuas have thanks to the lack of a high elevation road beyond Long Park and the establishment of the Chiricahua Wilderness. So the Chiricahuas have a large Crest Trail network with many, many connecting trails. Somewhere around 250 miles of trail just in one range (not all connected to the Crest network)!
Yes, excellent info in these last two posts. Thank you!azbackpackr wrote:Glad to be reading this good info, although the OP seems to be long gone.