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Ed Riggs Trail - Chiricahua NM - 11 members in 29 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 26 2019
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2019
SkyIslander18
Hiking6.50 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
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It's been a while!
Still my all-time favorite SE playground.
Everything looked hoodoo great, except Echo Park ... what a mess.
Unbelievable amount of deer along Silver Spur (18-20) including 2 very nice bucks.
Big lightning cell hitting as I left.
Monument has been recovering well from the fire.
Shall be back ... this place rocks!
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Jun 03 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2019
LJW
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,580 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   3.34 mph
2,580 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
First time to the Chiricahua National Monument, so I took the loop counterclockwise plus a trip to inspiration point and a hike afterward up Sugarloaf Mountain.

Heart of Rocks Loop was the highlight of the trip, Though Echo Canyon is also incredible. Echo Park was burned but still enjoyable, and the SE corner of the hike around Big Balanced Rock Trail and Inspiration Point is burned as well. On the plus side, the views are expansive on this side of the loop because of the elevation and lack of trees. Inspiration Point is a nice side trip with little elevation gain. Riggs Trail was chewed up but was being worked on. The trails were so nicely maintained, you could forget you're in the wilderness.

Sugarloaf Mountain was better than I expected, and it made more sense to add it on after I had finished with the loop; the trailhead is close by, it's short, and it doesn't take long for the payoff. Lookout was closed.

Passed only two hikers on the trail all day, and when I got back to the car there were under a half dozen cars in the Echo Canyon lot.
May 26 2019
emilystardust
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37 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
emilystardust
Hiking3.30 Miles 544 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
544 ft AEG
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1st trip
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May 24 2019
markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Chiricahua National Monument Trails Loop, AZ 
Chiricahua National Monument Trails Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
markthurman53
Hiking11.56 Miles 2,184 AEG
Hiking11.56 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.41 mph
2,184 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I have lived in Tucson for about 60 years and have never been to Chiricahua National Monument. Better late then never I guess. On My way back from Texas and New Mexico I stopped in Wilcox for the night and would hike the monument in the morning. I had 20 miles of hikes planned to hike most of the trails in the park. I only got 12 miles done because I took too much time gawking at all the scenery. Oh well this will give me reason to come back.

The trails are in excellent condition, the weather was perfect (no wind) and only a few people and most were in the parking area. I believe I saw 3 on the trails. The only trails I didn't get to were the lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail, Sugar loaf Trail and Natural Bridge Trail. This is one of those places that I will have to come back to when the weather is different, Monsoon, snow, very early morning or evening. The photo opportunities are endless. My favorite trails were Echo Canyon Trail and Heart of Rocks Trail, I could of spent a lot more time on those sections.
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May 27 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.70 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   2.75 mph
2,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
This is a very neat hike and one that is worthwhile to check out. We did the Big Loop counterclockwise, and also did the Heart of Rocks Loop and the spur trail to Inspiration Point. My favorite part of the hike was seeing the grottoes, but the Heart of Rocks Loop was a close second. Inspiration Point is well worth checking out as well.
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Apr 21 2018
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,755 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs      2.44 mph
1,755 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Today was my 50th birthday. I decided to celebrate alone with a camping trip to Wilcox and hike I was supposed to do this time last year in Chiricahua NM. I planned on doing the Big Loop clockwise from Echo Canyon trail head. It was really cold yet at 6:15. It appeared that I had the whole park all to myself. Took the side trail out to Inspiration Point, which was well worth the trip. Then on to the Heart of Rocks loop where I ran into the first other hikers for the day. I wasn't feeling particularly well this morning, so I decided that instead of completing the loop, that I just return the way I came. Ran into some boy scouts out on a training hike. Missed the turn off for the parking area and started down the Echo Canyon trail. I enjoyed the views for a bit and then turned back to the truck.
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Apr 14 2018
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Heart of Rocks Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking7.64 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking7.64 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   1.55 mph
1,721 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Took the kids to southeastern AZ for the weekend. Saturday's sightseeing was the Chiricahuas. We parked at Massai Point and headed over to to the Heart of Rocks Loop and back. The kids loved it. Wyatt declared it to be his favorite hike so far. Great weather, and perfect day.
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Apr 07 2018
jochal
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35 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Chiricahua ShuttleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2018
jochal
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
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1,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Feb 16 2017
emilystardust
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37 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Heart of Rocks Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2017
emilystardust
Hiking7.50 Miles 151 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
151 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jul 03 2016
WanderingWildc
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37 female
 Joined Jun 06 2016
 Tucson
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2016
WanderingWildcat
Hiking9.45 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.21 mph
3,140 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Hiked the "Big Loop," which is comprised of Echo Canyon Trail, Upper Rhyolite Trail, Sarah Deming Trail, Heart of Rocks Loop, Big Balanced Rock Trail, Mushroom Trail, and Ed Riggs Trail. Great hike, except for rattlesnakes.
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Jun 06 2016
MSimmons
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32 male
 Joined Jan 30 2016
 Tucson, AZ
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf AZ, AZ 
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2016
MSimmons
Hiking16.00 Miles 3,600 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
3,600 ft AEG
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1st trip
Thanks to joebartels, the_eagle, and tortoise-hiker for the route!

Pretty phenomenal area. I had seen pictures of the hoodoos, but I didn't realize how massive many of them are, nor how diverse. Most striking though was the otherworldly quality of the place, particularly Echo Canyon and the Heart of Rocks...it's...freaky...and awesome.

Two firsts for me: (1) AZ hike outside Tucson, and (2) coati sighting :DANCE: - he was having a leisurely rummage around the gulch below Mushroom Rock.
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Apr 02 2016
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ 
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
joebartels
Hiking15.96 Miles 3,630 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.24 mph
3,630 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
De-double-n-why graciously took Bruce and myself to Rhyolite Tuff Disneyland :y:

Lower Rhyolite is a very nice national park quality groomed trail. Echo Canyon Trail is my favorite. It made me feel like a kid gasping in glee around several turns and overlooks. We worked up to Sugarloaf then back down to Ed Riggs. It was a windy day so that was my least favorite portion. It would be a nice hike on any other day.

Mushroom Rock looks like a Star Wars space ship. Inspiration Point is worth the overlook. Big Balanced Rock is the most fascinating balanced rock I've ever seen. Heart of Rocks Loop is a fan favorite but didn't touch my heart like Echo Canyon. Old Maid is questionable. All the other rock formations are cool.

With little sleep heading in, Sarah Deming was a little draggy.

After nearly two decades of anticipation it was exciting to finally see this national park!
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Apr 02 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ 
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking15.96 Miles 3,630 AEG
Hiking15.96 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.24 mph
3,630 ft AEG
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1st trip
Joe and Bruce joined me for another hike out of my Boots and Burgers Book. The book has a shorter loop to get to the Heart of Rocks Loop. Bruce added some extras for our loop so we could get our monies worth out of the long drive. We were glad he did as some of the extras were pretty cool too. All the trails were nice with Echo Canyon, Inspiration Point, Big Balanced Rock, Heart of Rocks being the highlights. Throw in Joe and Bruce, a couple Coatimundis, and great weather and it made for an awesome trip. Thanks Gentlemen! :y:
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Apr 02 2016
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ 
Chiricahua NM Loop with Sugarloaf, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking15.72 Miles 3,281 AEG
Hiking15.72 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.54 mph
3,281 ft AEG      52 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Up at 2:30a, home at 10:00pm, is close to the definition of a day hike.

Denny provided the impetus to get this one done. If he keeps reading his food book, we'll get to a lot of other new areas. :y:

We saw some of flocks of deer, including 2 dudes with nice racks on the way in. Also were treated to some Coatimundi while hiking. : :D :DANCE:

We were spoiled all day with perfect weather and pristinely groomed trails. Temps ranged from 50 to no more than 68, with a breeze.

We did a clockwise loop including side trips to Sugarloaf, Inspiration Point and Heart of Rocks Loop.

Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail, starts off this track in the pines with sneak peeks at the hoodoos.

Left on Upper Rhyolite Canyon Trail and you start the climb to the fun.

Bypass Hailstone Trail and hit Echo Canyon Trail. This is the crème de la crème in the park. Here you are walking amungst the tall spires. Wow, just wow.
Echo Canyon Video :next: https://youtu.be/Ow ... Dx1M

A hike up Sugarloaf Mountain Trail provides a great 360 overlook of the area.
Sugarloaf Mountain Video :next: https://youtu.be/T- ... WNjI

Ed Riggs Trail and Mushroom Rock Trail lead you to the next highlight side trip.

Inspiration Point Trail, is only a 1/2 mile one way. The destination packs some more incredible views.

Big Balanced Rock Trail leads you to..... duh.... how does it not fall over. After the geometry lesson the
amazing Heart of Rocks Loop is right there. Recommend doing this Clockwise for the views and to take advantage of the signage.
Big Balanced Rock & Heart of Rocks Loop :next: https://youtu.be/o6 ... -slI

The Sara Demming Trail starts you back downhill. It was on this trail, in the tall pines, that we saw our swarm of Coatimundi. I found this to be an enjoyable wind down trail.

This ones a must do, if you haven't.....

Thanks for putting this together Denny plus Driving/Dinner.

One word..... Hailstone
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Mar 18 2016
ddgrunning
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49 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
ddgrunning
Hiking12.71 Miles 2,733 AEG
Hiking12.71 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.44 mph
2,733 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
First time in the Chiricahuas--what a cool place :) . We planned a spring-break outing around a tour of Kartchner Caverns. Original idea was to leave Phoenix on Friday, hike Picacho Peak on the way and spend the night at the campground at Kartchner Caverns and then get up the next morning for the cave tour. We made our reservations several weeks in advance; however, when I checked my confirmation the night before we left, I realized that somehow I had reserved a campsite for Mar. 1-2, rather than 18-19. :tt: No campsites at any established campgrounds were available at that time. So, the last-minute scramble was on.... Ultimately, we secured a reservation at the Best Western in Benson, AZ (I recommend it--beat expectations).

We left Phx early Friday and drove straight to Chiricahua Nat'l Monument. The no-fee entrance was nice. We read that the road to the top of the park was closed just past the campground, so we knew we would need to start our hike at the visitors center--which adds about 3 miles to the big loop hike. No big deal. We had planned to devote the afternoon to hiking anyway.

The parking area was full when we arrived, but we found a spot and after a quick lunch at the TH, we were off on the Lower Rhyolite Trail. I was amazed at the quality of the trail construction. The CCC sure did a great job on this one. If you are a trail architect connoisseur, this is your place. Enjoyed the pine/forest hiking and then headed up Upper Rhyolite and Echo Canyon. We loved the area I think is called "Wall Street," where we weaved in, around and through the narrow pathways through the towering natural skyscrapers. The Grottoes were fun on Echo Canyon as well.

Coming down Ed Riggs was another forest-walking treat, with views of the hoodoos on the opposite canyon wall. Then it was up the drainage along Mushroom Rock trail and out to the junction with Inspiration Point trail. My son and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the point, though my wife and daughters were content to continue down towards the Heart of Rocks loop. So, the "boys" picked it up to a jog and took in the views at Inspiration Point, then hustled back to meet up with the "girls," which we did at the Big Balanced Rock.

The Heart of Rocks loop is a real highlight, which kept the camera busy. Then we closed the lollipop part of the big loop off by heading down the Sarah Deming trail, to more forest views. By this point the sun was beginning to get low on the horizon, shading us on the eastern exposure and casting warm light on the hoodoos opposite us on the west and north facing walls of the canyon. The views were beautiful, and the temperatures awesome.

By the time we were finishing off the return trip on Lower Rhyolite, the sun was setting and we arrived to an empty parking lot at the visitors center. I guess you could say we closed down the place.

On our way out, we stopped at the Faraway Ranch day use area, and took advantage of the picnic area and grills to light up some fire and charcoal to enjoy our "camping dinner." We had the place to ourselves. And, after dinner and some s'mores, we packed up and headed back to Benson, where a dip in the jacuzzi, followed by a warm shower were in order. Maybe, the whole campground falling through wasn't such a bad thing after all ....

Got up the next morning and enjoyed a fun tour through the Rotunda and Throne Rooms at Kartchner Caverns and then spent a couple of hours checking out Tombstone before calling it a day and returning to Phoenix.

Great trip!
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Oct 18 2015
DbleDutch
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 Joined Dec 10 2009
 Tempe, AZ
Heart of Rocks S Trails, AZ 
Heart of Rocks S Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2015
DbleDutch
Hiking7.30 Miles
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.92 mph
   3 Hrs    Break20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Took the CNM Shuttle to the trail head and spent the day gawking back down to the Visitor Ctr. Heart of the Rocks was a fun scramble. As a loop we chose to stash the packs for a lighter freer stride. Another tough hiking trail :) 10 steps gawk, 20 steps gawk some more etc... especially if you have a camera in hand. To enjoy the Chiricahua National Monument double any of your standard hiking times. Stayed in the campground which is nice and handy. Sites are close together tho.
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Sep 30 2015
AZWanderingBea
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64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.71 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking9.71 Miles
3,140 ft AEG
 
1st trip
We were up at dawn on day 4 of our 8-day SE AZ road trip. The night before we'd been chastised by the camp host at Bonita Campground for taking a shower. Apparently no water was allowed to touch the ground inside the campground. We were also not to tie anything to a tree or use the sink in the rest rooms for anything beyond washing our hands. She said we should have brought a lot of baby wipes if we planned to camp and then returned to her 40-foot motor home and ran the generator all night. With a quick breakfast we headed out to the Echo Canyon trailhead, conspiring along the way on the best method for stealth showers.

Started the Big Loop counter clockwise, so down Echo Canyon trail. Doesn't take too long to get to the grottoes. The rhyolite formations are reminiscent of the Fairyland Loop at Bryce in a way. We were all smiles and anxious for what might be ahead. Wall Street was impressive and then we descended into the cool of Echo Canyon. Progress was slow as we took time to ooh and ahh and photograph everything.

Hit the Hailstone Trail and could see across the canyon where we'd be gaining back the elevation we were losing. The Upper Rhyolite turned us back west with several stream crossings. Soon we began the slow slog up the Sarah Deming trail along the west side of the canyon of the same name. While it was a steady uphill, there was shade and the grade was such that we made good time until the last hundred yards or so. The last bit of scrambling brought us back up on top of the formations and right to the beginning of the Heart of Rocks Loop.

The Heart or Rocks Loop is a geologic playground. The trail requires a bit of scrambling and can be difficult to follow at times. We did notice that back in the day someone had painted red footprints on the slick rock areas. While worn, these were still faintly visible at just the right time to keep a careful trekker on the trail. A majority of the named formations are along this trail. Signs point out the more famous -- Duck on a Rock, Punch and Judy, Thors Hammer, Pinnacle Balanced Rock, etc. We took a lunch break amongst the rhyolite formations. On our way back out of the Loop we heard voices and ran into the only hikers we'd see during the entire hike -- a group of ladies who were going clockwise and thus opposite us.

Turned east on Big Balanced Rock Trail and paid homage to its namesake. This trail was level and moderately scenic. We moved quickly. I'd kept the Inspiration Point Trail as a way to extend or shorten the total hike. If we were doing well, then it was out to the point. If we were dragging then we'd blow it off. We didn't even stop to discuss it and turned to the point. The hike is pretty flat. This area was burned years back, so there's not much to see until you hit the end. Then it is just pick a way you want to scramble out to enjoy the view and take photos down the length of Rhyolite Canyon. It was truly inspirational.

The only thing left was Mushroom Rock Trail and then Ed Riggs back to the trailhead. We were tiring and we descended along Mushroom Rock knowing we'd have to climb again right at the end of the hike. It was still pretty, but the heat and the climb made us ready to be reminiscing on how great the day had been as we sipped a cold one back in camp.

With high spirits and high fives we topped out at the parking lot. Definitely the highlight of our days in the Chiricahuas.
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Sep 26 2015
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2015
John9L
Hiking9.16 Miles 1,994 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles
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Our original plan for the day was to drive up to Rustler Park and hike to Chiricahua Peak. The forest service told us the road was open for the weekend but will be closed on Monday for two weeks. We discovered the road was closed with no access to Rustler Park. We both scratched our heads and thought what a joke! We decided to return to the Monument and hit the Big Loop which we planned on hiking the next day.

We parked in the Echo Canyon parking lot and headed south. All of these trails are in excellent condition and are well signed. We made quick time as we dropped into a valley and then made the easy climb up the other side. From there we detoured over to Inspiration Point and admired the view. We got there relatively early so we took a quick break and continued on to the Heart of Rocks. This is a sweet area with cool formations. We took a lunch here and enjoyed the views.

After lunch we finished the loop and then continued down the Sarah Deming Trail and headed towards Echo Canyon. This is another sweet area with cool formations. The going was very easy as we gained elevation and topped out around early afternoon. This is the premier hike in the Monument and well worth your time.
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Sep 26 2015
clairebear
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37 female
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 Tempe, AZ
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2015
clairebear
Hiking9.16 Miles 1,994 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles
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1st trip
9L and I had set our sights on bagging Chiricahua Peak and despite the assurance of the rangers, the access road to Rustler Park was closed :o . We decided to just move things up a day and therefore we would do the Loop of the National Monument. On our way back down the road, 9L got a flat so once back on pavement we pulled off to fix the flat and then onto Echo Canyon and the start of our hike.

Nice and easy to follow trail system without the crowds of other national parks.
We only passed a few people the whole day and enjoyed the cool rock scenery!
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,614 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.78 mph
2,614 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
the main event
hiked the big loop from the campground, which added four miles
left our stuff set up in camp, and didn't have to worry about it unsecured in my truck
started the day with a huge breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon and sauteed onions :)
john's coffee was excellent, too
got going around 6:30 with the connector to the visitor's center, then up rhyolite canyon
a steady ascent to echo canyon trail
the grotto is a highlight and this is one of the best trails in the park
down and up ed riggs, which had quite a bit of fire damage
another ascent up mushroom rock, where they were doing some trail reconstruction due to flooding
out to inspiration point
the fire damage was quite noticeable from here, but many signs of regeneration
views were more expansive at the expense of the trees
stayed high on big balanced rock trail, exposed to full sun but with a good breeze
then the best part of the hike: heart of rocks
fun hoodoos and rock formations
took our time here for photos
descended the sarah deming trail and closed the loop, returning to camp down rhyolite canyon
lots of trails to link, lots of different views
pretty sobering changes from the 2011 fire
wish i had a few more good pictures from 2009 for comparison
a classic loop
got a little warm the last couple miles
had lunch at the campground, packed up and hit the road
took the alternate way back to phoenix through safford, san carlos reservation and globe
really didn't take much longer than i-10
enjoyed seeing the west side of the pinalenos
had a large helping of ice cream in safford :lol:
thanks for doing the driving, john, and for your company
it was a fun trip :)
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