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Big Loop - Chiricahua National Monument
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Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2019
BiFrost
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,867 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.27 mph
2,867 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Monday we hiked the Chiricahua National Monument big loop and my first time hiking in the monument. Starting from Rhyolite at the visitor center it’s 1.5 miles to the first junction where we took the Sarah Deming Trail up to Heart of Rocks Loop. The loop was fantastic and exceeded my expectations based on what I knew about the area. If we were not doing the big loop we could have spent several hours exploring this area. As it was we still took 1 hour to do the 1 mile loop and see everything we wanted to check out.

From there we moved on to Inspiration Point and lunch. The point is great but after leaving Heart of Rock area there is not as many cool rocks. At the point we could see almost the entire park, Massai Point across the way and cool rocks that line the main canyon.

After lunch we hiked down the Mushroom Rock Trail to the main canyon. This was another nice stretch of trail over to Echo Canyon which traverses below some cool spires and also views of the hoodoos on the other side of the canyon.

At the Echo Canyon junction we hiked uphill into Echo which was on par with Heart of Rocks. I would say that Echo and Heart of Rocks are the must see sections of the monument. When we do this again I’d probably spend 1 day in the Echo Canyon side and 1 day on the Heart of Rocks side because there is so much to see. We spent another hour in Echo on a ¾ mile section that was very scenic.

We headed back down Echo and continued to Rhyolite Canyon back out the same trail finishing the loop at the visitors center. Great hike with so much to see in such a small area. Will definitely be back for another exploration. Would be awesome to see this place with several inches of snow :)
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