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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking11.79 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking11.79 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.06 mph
2,650 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Denny, Wally, and I got started from Rustler Park a little before 0700. Cool and breezy, and very pleasant. Headed south on Crest Trail. Right away, four hunters pointed out two deer, then tried to tell us we’d encounter tons of hunters on our hike. Besides them, we saw exactly zero. Only saw two other hikers the entire day as well.

Enjoyable hiking on Crest. Only one downed tree, and the trail is kind of sandy/loose in a few places, but not too bad. Unexpected fall color was a nice bonus. At the turn for Flys Peak, we left Crest and headed up to Flys. Views are limited, but it’s a nice broad peak, with room to sit and relax. From there, we headed down the south side of Flys to reconnect with Crest. There’s a trail part of the way, but it fades out in places. No matter, because you can see Crest below you and just aim for the sign at the bottom.

At Crest, we immediately left the trail and headed off trail up to South Flys. While not too steep, there was a lot of downed trees and vegetation to deal with. At the summit, which was nice, I declared South Flys a one and done for me. After a few minutes looking around the summit, we headed down the south side of South Flys, and that was significantly better. Easy incline, very little vegetation. I reconsidered my declaration and decided that both and and down the south side is the way to go.

After that, we continued on Crest to Chiricahua Peak, where we took a snack break. Pleasant peak, again, plenty of room to sit and relax. For the return to the trailhead, we stayed on Crest the entire way, which made for easy hiking. The last mile seemed to drag a little since it was getting warmer and we lost the breeze, but at least that portion was mostly downhill.

Enjoyable day in a range I really like. Always good to hike with Denny and nice to finally meet Wally.
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Mostly aspens, seemed like the oak was well past prime.

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Little bit of water in the spring box.
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