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Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2012
SkyIslander18
Hiking9.85 Miles 2,024 AEG
Hiking9.85 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.07 mph
2,024 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
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My first trip back into the upper Monument since the fire!

We first started with a warm-up on the Massai Nature Trail loop before driving back down to the Echo Canyon trailhead. We then completed the Big Loop hiking it clockwise including the out-n-back to Inspiration Point. I really expected to see a lot more burn, but the only sections that really got cooked were the Southeast corner including the entire Inspiration Point trail & Echo Park down in the lower canyon. There was a few other spotty burn sections, but nothing too bad.

As for the rest of the trail(s), I was once again just blown away with the Monument scenery! The formations & trails (as always) were amazing, spectacular, epic, etc ........
In my opinion, this is still "the one" to do in Southeastern Arizona!

What made this trip even better was sharing it with 2 new friends I made at Roper Lake SP just a couple of days earlier. It was their first time seeing the Monument and I heard more then a few WOWS during the hike.

Thanks Dave & Kathy, you guys (and the hoodoos) Rocked!!!
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