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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 28 2007
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Backpack31.00 Miles 200 AEG
Backpack31.00 Miles5 Days         
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Over five days at the end of October and beginning of November, Zac Ribbing, the Trails Ranger for the Coronado Natl Forest, and I walked the Crest and Snowshed Trails plus the adjacent trails to all the springs and peaks. We carried loppers, a pruning saw and a D-handle saw and were able to cut back brush and remove logs along portions of the trails.

On October 28, we backpacked from the Long Park Trailhead to Snowshed Saddle. This is about five miles and took us 2 ½ hours. We set up a base camp in the saddle and worked down Snowshed toward Pine Park and out the Crest Trail toward Sentinel Peak on October 29-30. On October 30 we moved our base camp to Anita Park, about 2 ½ miles back toward the TH and an hour 15 minutes of hiking. We made Anita Park our base camp for Oct 30 - Nov 1 (Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!). From Anita Park, we walked trails to all the springs and peaks off the Crest Trail.

Weather was perfect with night time lows in the 30s and daytime highs in the 70s. Clear skies made it possible to see over 125 miles in all directions. The waning moon made for dark skies early and moonrise later at night.

Most of my account is of trail conditions because we plan to return in June 2008 with a crew to clear logs and open up the Snowshed Trail to Pine Park from the Crest.

The Crest Trail from Long Park to Juniper Saddle (over four miles) has two large trees across the trail but is otherwise clear of logs, brush, and has good tread. Since there are five (or six) yearlings that seem active along this stretch, they may have improved the tread. The Crest Trail from Juniper to the Price Canyon Trail (about 1 ½ miles) has a number of trees down but is otherwise in good shape. The rest of the Crest Trail out to the junction with the South Fork Trail (another 1 ½ miles) crosses significant areas burned during the 1994 fire and there are hundreds of trees (many of them under four inches in diameter) across the trail but the trail is easy to follow. We scouted the side trails to Chiricahua Peak, Ojo Agua Fria, Headquarters Spring, Anita Spring, and Booger Spring and found the trails easy to follow but with significant timber across all the trails. The trail around the back side of Flys Peak (east side ) to Bear Wallow Spring, the Centella Point Trail, and Tub Springs had only a few trees across the trail. The trail to Flys Peak has many logs across the trail.

Snowshed Trail from Juniper Spring to Deer Spring (about one mile) is in good shape but has one or two logs across the trail. From Deer Spring for about 1 ½ miles toward Pine Park, the trail is difficult to follow. One significant discovery was a switchback about 1/3 mile below (east of) Deer Spring where the trail crosses a large outcrop. Just past the rock, the trail drops about 40 feet in one long switchback. This is flagged and should make trail finding much easier through this area. We flagged, placed rocks on logs and cut and lopped brush to define and reestablish the trail over this segment. Past this, the trail is in good shape and easy to follow although there are several logs across the trail above Pine Park. For anyone coming up Snowshed Trail from Pine Park, follow the rocks and flagging; it is NOT easier to go cross country to the top of Snowshed Peak. The trail from Snowshed Saddle to Snowshed Peak is marked with rocks on logs through the lower portion near Snowshoe Saddle. Above this, the trail is significantly overgrown with aspen and has some downed trees.
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