|Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ|
|Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ|| |
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ
|Hiking||15.72 Miles|| 7 Hrs 4 Mns ||2.54 mph|
|3,281 ft AEG|| 52 Mns Break||14 LBS Pack|
|Up at 2:30a, home at 10:00pm, is close to the definition of a day hike.
Denny provided the impetus to get this one done. If he keeps reading his food book, we'll get to a lot of other new areas.
We saw some of flocks of deer, including 2 dudes with nice racks on the way in. Also were treated to some Coatimundi while hiking. :
We were spoiled all day with perfect weather and pristinely groomed trails. Temps ranged from 50 to no more than 68, with a breeze.
We did a clockwise loop including side trips to Sugarloaf, Inspiration Point and Heart of Rocks Loop.
Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail, starts off this track in the pines with sneak peeks at the hoodoos.
Left on Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail and you start the climb to the fun.
Bypass Hailstone Trail and hit Echo Canyon Trail. This is the crème de la crème in the park. Here you are walking amungst the tall spires. Wow, just wow.
Echo Canyon Video https://youtu.be/Ow ... Dx1M
A hike up Sugarloaf Mountain Trail provides a great 360 overlook of the area.
Sugarloaf Mountain Video https://youtu.be/T- ... WNjI
Ed Riggs Trail and Mushroom Rock Trail lead you to the next highlight side trip.
Inspiration Point Trail, is only a 1/2 mile one way. The destination packs some more incredible views.
Big Balanced Rock Trail leads you to..... duh.... how does it not fall over. After the geometry lesson the
amazing Heart of Rocks Loop is right there. Recommend doing this Clockwise for the views and to take advantage of the signage.
Big Balanced Rock & Heart of Rocks Loop https://youtu.be/o6 ... -slI
The Sara Demming Trail starts you back downhill. It was on this trail, in the tall pines, that we saw our swarm of Coatimundi. I found this to be an enjoyable wind down trail.
This ones a must do, if you haven't.....
Thanks for putting this together Denny plus Driving/Dinner.
One word..... Hailstone
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