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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.
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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking4.82 Miles 1,124 AEG
Hiking4.82 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.37 mph
1,124 ft AEG      2 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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The last hike of our Chiricahua National Monument trip and the last of the major trails in the the park that we hadn't already hiked.

There are only a couple parking spots at the trailhead (like ~5) but we were able to get a spot. Needless to say, the trail was not very crowded. We were there in the late morning having done Sugarloaf Mountain as our first hike of the day.

This was a solid hike to the natural bridge (in terms of difficulty). The initial portion follows a canyon for some distance then ascends one side. The remainder of the trail is downhill until shortly before the bridge giving this hike an up-down-up-down topography going there and back.

The early portions of the trail offered views of the hoodoos to the south across the road. However, upon ascending the side of the canon and going down the other side the view of these hoodoos becomes obstructed and the scenery for the remainder is less impressive.

The natural bridge itself was pretty underwhelming. The trail ends some distance away from it rather than going right up to/underneath it. It is possible to scramble up to the bridge but it would be a decent scramble. Given it was our 2nd hike of the day we opted to observe from the end of the trail and leave it at that. The bridge was not as high or dramatic as devil's bridge in Sedona or Tonto Natural Bridge (for example), having seen the aforementioned (and a few others besides) it was a little underwhelming.

This wasn't a bad hike but it was probably my least favorite in Chiricahua. Nevertheless we checked it off our list and went to lunch and wine tasting in Wilcox afterwards.
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