Attempted to day hike Rucker Canyon Trail to Price Canyon Trail to Crest Trail 270C to Crest Trail 270D to Crest Trail 270B to Raspberry Ridge Trail. Rucker is in good shape till it turns and makes it's way to Price Canyon Trail. It becomes a bush whack with a trail fading in and out. This continues for miles till it arrives at the "junction" with Snowshed Trail (not sure where that was). We gave up after searching and backtracked. GPS highly recommended, all we had were updated maps.
we spent the weekend camping & hiking in rucker canyon. a very remote area but highly worth the drive if you love az history and solitude. We got to the campsite at the farthest end of rucker canyon in the chiricahuas with the exception of one other camper we had the place to ourselves. there was a battle that happened here between the apache chief Cochise & his 100 warriors against the us army that trailed them into this canyon in 1869 in the battle of the rocky mesa. How 32 soldiers got the medal of valor on that one cold rainy in end of october is questionable but several of them did perish there. Camp rucker was established not too much longer after that below that mesa to supply the army and their native scouts that were looking for geronimo and his renegade indians. The story of how Lt Rucker jumped in the flooded wash to try and save his comrade and how they both ended up drowning in 1870's is def a story that shouldnt be forgotten in Az history. to sum it up,it was a great weekend getn some hiking up in bear canyon and exploring old camp rucker, rucker canyon-another lil gem of southeastern az!
Headed down to the Chiricahuas to do yet another great hike! Rucker Canyon is at the end of a 29 mile dirt road that is easily passable by passenger car. This road is roughly at mile marker 29 on Highway 191 South of I-10. The trail starts off following the creek with a nice gentle grade as it makes its way up the canyon. Several times it crosses the creek and in some places the trail has been washed out by rock slides. This area is very nice and is mostly a pine forest. Then a few miles into the hike the fun begins. The trail starts to gain elevation quickly via several switchbacks. Before you know it the views really open up and the colors of the Chiricahuas start to pop. At roughly 4 miles from the trailhead you come to a junction where there is a large rock overhang. Turning to the Right takes you to the Red Rock Canyon Trail. I took this path up onto the ridge and then went straight up to the summit of the peak just South/West of the Ridge. From up top the views were AMAZING. You could see well into Mexico which was cool! After enjoying the views I headed back as I was running out of day light.
It was a great hike but if you go, be prepared for quite a bit of downed trees. Just a heads up.
average hiking speed 2.91 mph
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