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Crest Trail #270, AZ
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Crest Trail #270, AZ 
Crest Trail #270, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2021
markthurman53
Hiking9.44 Miles 1,604 AEG
Hiking9.44 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   1.83 mph
1,604 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Ginny and I made a trip to the Chiricahua Mountains. The first day was along the Crest Trail from Long Park to Chiricahua Peak. We made some side trips to Headquarter Spring, Anita Park and Booger Spring. The weather was as expected monsoonish. Cloudy with the sound of thunder in the clouds above but no hard rain just a drizzle. It really was perfect hiking weather. Saw another bear along the crest trail near Anita Park but it didn’t stick around long enough to get a photo.
Chiricahua Peak Trail #270A was in good condition, better than when I was up here a few years ago. The clouds lifted for a short time while on the peak for a good view to the north (the only view because of the trees). We headed down the south side of the peak to the Ojo Agua Fria and Headquarter Spring Trail. Wild Flowers were everywhere.

Headquarter Spring Trail #362 is no trail at all but a log hop along a route that if you use your imagination it kinda looks like it may have been a trail in the distant past. We went about half way down and called it quits, got tired of doing the log hurdles. We didn’t need to see the spring anyway since it was so wet up here water was seeping from the ground everywhere.

Anita Park Trail #359 has a trail to the park, about .1 miles then nothing. We took a break at the park and the clouds above started rumbling again so we decided to head back toward Booger Spring, hopefully we will have better luck on this spring.

Booger Spring Trail #347 has a sign along the Willow Spring Trail and the trail though faint is fairly easy to follow. The trough at the spring had water in it from rain and the spring box is above the trough. The water looked a little off in the spring box, not sure if it was just dirt discoloration though. I saw no boogers at the spring, not sure how it got this name. We headed back to Long Park from here.

Chiricahua Mountains got a large rain storm the day before we got here so Cave Creek was running pretty full. On the way to Portal where we stayed the night we made a side trip to the Herb Martyr Camp ground. I was told the only place to see Winn Falls was from the Greenhouse Trail #272 but along the Herb Martyr Road were some good views of the water coming over the falls. The video below is of the falls. I also included videos of the Herb Martyr Falls and John Hand Falls along Cave Creek.
Winn Falls [ youtube video ]
Herb Martyr Falls [ youtube video ]
John Hand Falls [ youtube video ]
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