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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park TH - 18 members in 44 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 25 2022
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53 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DarthStiller
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This was the first of two really nice hikes for a great weekend. The ride up FR42 ad 42D is a little rough, but not like 4Peaks Road. The Xterra is finally in working order for this kind of drive, so that was a nice test. :y:

We got to the trailhead a little before 9:30am and had to figure out the pay system and where we could park. It can be a little confusing. Even the envelopes that you tear and use to seal the $8 fee and then hang on your mirror were confusing. Part of that problem was all the recent rain got them wet and they were somewhat compromised. :-k

The trail heads up the hill from the road to the Crest Trail, then you turn left to get to Chiricahua Peak. At first the trail looked almost invisible from the road with all the ferns coming in, but once you’re on it, it’s pretty easy to hike. The trail wraps around the campground and then heads southbound along the ridge to Chiricahua Peak.

Almost immediately you’re high up enough to get some amazing views. The overall scenery in this area was looking more like Washington state than Arizona. The combination of this time of year and the more active monsoon seems to have made things a little greener than usual as well. The ferns are around waist height at this point, and will likely get a little higher. All the vegetation was wet from the rain, but not so much that you would get soaked walking by it.

The weather was cloudy and cool for the entire hike. When we started, I had a cell signal at the trailhead and checked my weather app for lightning. The closest lightning was 464 miles away. Perfect, hiking with some peace of mind. A couple miles in it started to drizzle a little, so we put on the rain gear to prevent getting soaked if the rain picked up. It didn’t. By the time we got to the peak, it had stopped and wouldn’t come back. The final push up to the peak was a bit of a slog, mainly due to the elevation and thin air at 10,000 feet. Just enough to get your lungs going and legs burning.

I had lunch at the peak, using the benchmark as my table to eat off of. After 15 minutes, a bee was overly interested in my Gatorade Zeroes, then it was two bees. Time to finish up and head out. Checked the weather app again and it said the closest lightning was 106 miles away.

Got some bits of sun trying to shine through on the way back, enough to make the pictures nicer. Also saw some darker patches of clouds rolling in here and there. On the way down from the peak it started to warm up a bit, which was odd. Seems like you should normally be warmer when you’re hiking uphill. It cooled off soon enough and stayed comfortable the entire time. 8)

I was too lazy to try Flys Peak after the push up to Chiricahua Peak at this elevation, so I suggested we take the Bear Wallow Trail around the base of Flys Peak on the east side. We had one saddle to climb over, but that wasn’t too bad. The slightest uphill climb at this point was beginning to takes its toll, however.
After getting back on the Crest Trail, we took that to the turnoff to the lower road that drops elevation quickly and heads into the campground. When we went past the junction for the Long Park Trail I had contemplated taking that to the road, but there was another saddle to hike over and were done with that. The views down the road were nice, Silver Peak was very prominent and looks like another really nice hike to do sometime. :wrt:

Finished up in a little over 5 hours, which was surprising. Had plenty of time to drive down to Portal for check in time at the only hotel in this area and recharge for the next day’s hike. It’s amazing that this area is so green and cool in contrast to Phoenix right now and almost no one was there. There were a few people around the campground when we got back, but not many. Seems like this is a little known gem to the general hordes who make the trips to Flag, the Rim and the White Mountains. Probably not likely to stay that way for too much longer, but I enjoyed it today. :D
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Chris had the plan for Chiricahua Peak and I was along for the ride. I decide to change things up and remember my backpack and wallet this time. I was ready for a warm hike but it ended up being a cool hike. The cloud cover and some light rain made for a chilly ascent. The trail was easy to follow and outlines by ferns in the lower section. The moist earth kept the dust down. We took a lunch break on the summit and Chris found some bee friends. It warmed up on the hike down but still nice. We took a detour on the Bear Wallow trail but no bears were to be found. A nice hike in a far away place.
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
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From the campground.

first stretch along the Crest trail - in good shape. i went up and over Flys Peak on the way out. That trail is also in pretty good shape. maybe one downed tree i think on the trail to summit of chiricahua peak. came back on the crest trail, then brought her home on the Long Park trail - which is in great shape

It has been a long time since I have been out here and I missed these mountains. The hike is different after the fire, but these trails are all in good shape and the views are spectacular as always.

Spent the night at the Ruster Park campground and had the whole place entirely to myself. as a consequence, i was visited by several wild turkeys and a large herd of deer grazed right around my campsite all night. super cool :y:
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Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
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Car camped at Barfoot Park on night 1. Beautiful dispersed campsite next to a meadow, totally empty on a Saturday night in early October.

Lazy start Sunday morning after sleeping in and taking our time packing up, didn't get going until almost noon. Parked at the trailhead just outside the entrance gate to Rustler Park, currently it is $8 to park at the trailhead, but I displayed my Coronado National Forest recreation pass which covers the parking fee.

Hiked 42D to Long Park since it's shorter and more shaded than the first stretch of the Crest Trail. Encountered some "hunters" near Long Park shooting across East Turkey Creek Canyon toward the opposite ridge, which would be the wilderness boundary. We stopped and watched them for a minute, concerned and slightly perplexed that they would be shooting across a very large canyon. Guy claimed they spotted a deer on the opposite ridge, about 800 yards away :? I don't hunt so I am not familiar with hunting best practices, although I do fully support responsible hunting for anyone who eats meat. That said, 800 yards seems a bit wild, and if they are lucky enough to hit at that distance I imagine a kill shot would be unlikely, and more likely that they would disable the animal and then probably never find it if they actually attempted to retrieve it.

Crest Trail was in good shape the entire way, as expected. Wear pants if you have sensitive skin, as the vegetation can get scratchy and slightly overgrown, but nothing that clings to you like locust or catsclaw. Tons of aspen along the trail framing wonderful views to the west. Climbing out of Cima Park there were some incredible scenes of late-summer wildflower blooms intermingling with autumn-hued aspens. I've never seen a juxtaposition like that before. Thank you, record-breaking monsoon.

That evening we set up camp at Anita park under a young aspen grove. From Anita Park it's a short hike with a couple hundred foot drop to Anita Spring where there was plenty of water. That evening hiked a bit of the Monte Vista Peak trail to get some nice views to the northwest over Chiricahua National Monument and Dos Cabezas.

The next morning we hiked Chiricahua Peak for sunrise. The views are mostly non-existent, but you might as well bag it while you're there. On the hike out we checked out Cima Springs, Booger Springs, and Bear Wallow Springs. All had plenty of water.

Cima Springs: Didn't realize there was a spring box at Cima Springs until reviewing past triplogs today, but we observed a nice trickle in the canyon near the FS cabin in Cima Canyon with small pools that one could easily grab water from. Sweeping with the filter bag for a Sawyer squeeze filter could be challenging. Camping near the cabin looks great, and the Greenhouse Trail from the crest to the cabin is beautiful and in great shape.

Booger Springs: The trail to Booger Springs is overgrown from Round Park, but easy to follow. There are 2 catchments about 20 feet from each other, both had water, the farther upstream catchment has a cement cover that is difficult to remove.

Bear Wallow Springs: Cement cover over catchment has handles, so much easier to move than Booger Springs. Plenty of water, gorgeous canyon around the springs.

Bear Wallow Trail and Centella Trail were the prettiest of the weekend. Bear Wallow Springs is very lush, as is the Centella Trail approaching Fly's Park. Didn't do the side trip to Centella Point this time, although we've done it before and it is probably my favorite spot in the Chiricahua Wilderness. We got rained on pretty hard while hiking Bear Wallow and Centella Trails. Unpleasant since I forgot my rain gear (although I had my pack's rain gear), but it did saturate the vegetation which certainly made things prettier.

Wonderful trip into one of my favorite areas of the state. With the endless trails and reliable water sources, Chiricahuas are kind of a hidden backpackers paradise.
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Plenty of clear water in the catchment. Slightly overflowing.

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Plenty of water in catchment. Cement cover easy to remove with handles. Trickle in creekbed below catchment.

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2 cement catchments. About 6 inches of water in larger, uncovered catchment. Plenty of water in covered catchment, although cement cover could be very difficult to remove for some.

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Did not check spring box near cabin, as I didn't realize there was one, and it's not immediately apparent while walking the area. But, the creekbed near the spring had a nice trickle with plenty of pools. If you use a Sawyer squeeze filter, bring something else to use to gather water, as sweeping the filter bag in these pools could be a challenge.
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Chiricahua & Monte Vista Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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Big counter-clockwise loop starting from Rustler Park. South on Crest > down Saulsbury > up Pole Bridge > then up Monte Vista, Chiricahua and Flys Peaks on the way back to Rustler. Saulsbury from Crest down to Saulsbury Saddle is unmaintained and faint in some places but follows a great route, then from the saddle down to Turkey Creek is smooth and easy. Good conditions on the other trails. Monte Vista is a fine peak, while view-less Chiricahua and Flys Peaks are relatively easy bags if you're passing by.
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Linda and I had talked about doing this summit for awhile. She threw together some options and this day worked. Wally gave in to an early rise and we were on our way by 3am. Starting hiking around 7am with some nice temps. Tons of ferns in this area albeit all brown this time of year. Some nice pine forest but lots of evidence of past fires. There were some young aspen patches scattered throughout most of the hike. The ground in the off trail portion was soft and full of holes. Felt like gopher holes everywhere. Still not terrible hitting the two Fly peaks . Chiricahua was on trail. Not in the Supes but Wally Supes Farak still managed to find some potsherds 😱. Cool. The summits were all nice but the better views were actually on the trails along the way. Linda had 4 peak options but I only had 3 in me. Still a nice outing and the conversation and banter were quite enjoyable! 😳😁😂 Thanks to Linda for planning and driving and Wally for getting up so early and joining us! Like HAZ , you two rock!!
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I woke up at 1:00 am left the house at 2:00 am and we starting hiking about 700 AM. Not my normal start but interesting. :lol: Linda had the plan so I could just kick back and go along for the trip. The weather was warmer than expected and the breeze cooled us down later on. I thought it might be cold but the temperature was nice and even a little warm at the end. The views were good and the trails fairly easy to hike. After hiking the Flatiron on Wednesday I wasn't sure if I'd do well at this higher elevation but I never really had any shortness of breath. Linda kept a nice steady (easy) pace and even took a detour so I could find some pot sherds. :lol: We were on Chiricahua Peak by 10:30 am and starting back before I even got tired out. A nice area and a good hike, I just wish it was closer. After reading a lot of her trip logs it was nice to hike with Linda and good to catch up with Denny again.
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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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Wonderful 4-day backpacking escape exploring the crest trail for the first time! We bagged peaks and springs, saw plenty of white-tail deer, sweated and froze our butts off between daytime highs and nighttime lows. An AZ classic!

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Beautiful small but deep holding pond with clear cool water. Noticeable flow beyond.

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The tank was full but kind of cloudy. Not enough water to filter down course.

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The concrete tub was full but kind of cloudy. Barely enough water flowing down stream to filter.

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Very small flow but really nice large clear pool of tasty water contained in the concrete trough. There's an easy to miss short trail to the right of the sign!

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Damp area and dark murky water in trough. Not appealing to drink.

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Wonderful abundant flow from PVC piping direct from spring.

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The trough was disconnected, but a good enough flow was found in the adjacent watercourse.
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We participated in the missing persons search for Janet Castrejon, 44, missing from the Chiricahua National Monument, on 19 June 2015 on Saturday. The roads into the NM had sustained heavy weather damage from the rains. We took the roads into The Rustler Park Campground by route of I-10 to Portal, into Paradise, onto FR-42 ending on FR-42D at the campground. We (3 adults, 1 teen) hiked through several canyons and trails with our 4 black labrador retriever cadaver dogs; unfortunately the morning through mid afternoon search turned up no results. There were dozens included in the search, walkers, hikers, people with side by sides, trucks and surprisingly cars traveling the roads around the Park that were involved in the efforts. We were only able to help the one day. Family and friends continued the search through the weekend (Also resulting in no findings) We will be keeping Janet and this family in our prayers. I pray they are reunited. The Sheriffs Dept believes she was abducted. Regardless the sad reasoning behind the visit to the Chiricahua National Monument, the area was gorgeous, green and flourishing with wildflowers, mushrooms and life; we encountered several deer and squirrels as well. The creeks and stream beds were rushing with the heavy rainfall that day producing gorgeous waterfalls throughout.
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Daisies, several varities of ferns as well as shade-tolerant grasses, broad-leaf plants, mushrooms, and mosses. Lichens could be seen growing on trees as well as on the rock pinnacles.
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Nice backpack to Round Park and Chiricahua Peak via Rustler Park. Great weather, beautiful views, lash green hike.
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I planned another Thanksgiving trek to the Chiricahuas, this time to summit the high point on Friday and Cochise Head on Saturday. The trip was a success! Matt and Ben joined me and we drove from Chandler to the Rustler Park trailhead on Saturday morning and hiked the crest trail #270 to Flys Peak and then to Chiricahua Peak. Besides most of the area being burned up, the scenery is incredible and the trail is in great condition.

Rustler Park is a really nice trailhead, and the 13 miles up Pinery Canyon Road and FR42 & 42D is surprisingly smooth, even for a passenger car!
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Had to see for myself. First, the road in is almost not recognizable to me--on either side is burned pretty badly and now you can see the road beneath you as you drive in/out where before you were in the trees. It actually is a little better at the turnoff and to the Crest Trail parking. Then is it bad again. Rustler park is nothing more than huge black burned trees. The ferns were amazing though, so green against the big black sticks. At the first little saddle there were lots of Wild Iris, some white/albino? ones too. Lots of lupine. Some trees down on the trail but not bad. The old burn areas are mostly cleared off, the brush burned as did lots of the snags so the views are ridiculous. The trail is now going to be a hot one, very little shade. Lots of raspberry bushes coming along and many, many little Aspen. At times the burn is very bad, then not so bad, then other areas seem untouched. Some of the down trees are live ones, sad to see.
Met some Narco Packers about a mile from Anita Park. Five guys with five big packs. I was a little tense but it went ok; I did give them some food. Everything that could be reflective was taped or painted, even the water jugs painted black. The leader or the guy I talked to was wearing some sort of light body armor and they had painted their faces too. What is that, can't they give these guys smuggling 101 instructions to get the hell off the trail when they are resting, and out of sight? I told them they should do that. It was amusing when the leader told me to be careful of a "big bear" they saw about a mile back. Gee, bears or smugglers??? What is a girl to do?? Just remember when you meet someone who might give you a hard time---my rule---show no fear but also no aggression, be confident but have plan B in mind if it doesn't go well.
I didn't have a destination but decided to go to Chiricahua Peak to give them time to move on.
Anita Park is another bad burn site. What a mess it will be when these trees comes down. I think I didn't see a live tree in that area. The spring is looking good, full and nice clean spring box, thank you to the trail angels ( Summergo and others)
Chiricahua peak was a little boring with not much views as usual. Coming back ran into a large group of hikers, who also had run into the Narco Packers and warned me. They passed me. I was in picture mode. Heading back to car looked around and saw one of the Narco guys a ways back---what the heck?? I didn't get any real bad vibes from them but didn't want them tailing me either. The big hiking group was taking a break not far from Rustler park, and as I passed them told them the Narco guys seemed to be headed this way. One of the hiking group said I should hike fast to my car to get away. I thought "F" that, no one runs me out my places.
So all's well that ends well and I got back home. Very dirty from hiking in the burn area. Got some interesting pictures and need to go through them. Will return hopefully later with a collapsible bucket for the raspberry season.
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Back down in South Eastern Arizona enjoying some more hikes. The trails are all open again following the Horseshoe II fire but the devestation will be around for years.

It was a cold and chilly hike today with snow on much of the trail. The Park Service is doing a great job of clearing the downed trees and overall the trail itself was in great shape.

With so much burned the views really open up. I didn't stay long at the peak as the wind was blowing hard and my toes were saying "time to go"! When I reached my car around 5:30 it was only 35 degrees. Burrrr...
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 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Crest Trail #270B - Jct Sdl to Monte Vista PkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 13 2011
GrottoGirl
Backpack24.14 Miles 5,798 AEG
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Anita Park Backpack

Day 1: Rustler Park to Anita Park via Booger Spring, Ojo Agua Fria

I got up early to get a few hours of work in before heading off to the Wilderness. Joel had to work the full day, so I was going to be backpacking with a couple of friends from SAHC carrying all the gear. We drove up to Rustler Park and then hiked in to our camp. Along the way it was really smoke due to the Horseshoe 2 fire. I was happy not to have too much elevation change since I have asthma. I've been going to Anita Park every year since 2007 (in 2008 we visited it twice) and it amazes me the changes I see every year. There are many new crops of Aspen that are growing nicely along the crest trail. We stopped near Bootlegger Saddle to have a snack on the rocks. Near there the iris patches were getting ready to bloom. The wilderness boundary is showing more growth. Round Park is also full of iris plants. I decided to check out Booger Spring while the guys went on to wait for me at Cima Park. The trail had been cleared from Round Park. The cement tub was dry, but where the water comes out of the ground there was the main catchment which had over two feet of water which was covered by a cement lid (which was too heavy for me to lift). There was also some water draining on to the ground. All around were skunk cabbage - a great indicator of a spring. The rest of the old Booger Loop trail was overgrown and had a lot of downfall. I ended up having to use my GPS to get back to the trail near Cima Park. I did get in a visit to Cima Saddle. Anita Spring had barely 3 inches of water. It was the dries I had seen it in 5 years. The water was very concentrated and hard to filter. By the time we had about 3 liters of water the level had dropped to about 1 inch. We decided to get the rest of our water from Ojo Agua Fria, which I had bushwhacked to about 4 or 5 years ago. At that time it was a beautiful spring. I figured that since Anita still had some water, Ojo would too. My thoughts were based on the fact that the tank it drained into was a lot larger that the cement catchment at Anita. The trail to the spring is no longer signed as it leaves the Crest trail. After you leave the Old Headquarters Camp area you can still find the trail but one of the switchbacks is totally socked in with downfall. The spring was still there and we were able to get plenty of water for our weekend. On the way back, I found an old pocket watch - I've read that the Headquarters Camp was in use from 1908 - 1938 - maybe the watch is from that time period. That night we enjoyed the sunset from an old burn area close to camp. The remains of the trees make for interesting photos. Thanks to the smoke, the colors were very nice.

Day 2: Anita Park to Monte Vista Peak including Bear Spring, Paint Rock, Chiricahua Peak, and Chiricahua Vista.

In the morning, we went down to check out Anita Spring before going on our journey. Some of the water had been replenished, but we noticed that most of the water was avoiding the catchment and going down the drainage. We were waiting for Joel to show up so we didn't leave until 9:30 - which happened to be the exact moment that Joel arrived. We went ahead while he unpacked. After we left Chiricahua saddle we started to get views of the smoke from Horseshoe 2. It was a very dramatic scene. It was hard not to feel sad. The smoke was coming over over the crest in many colors due to the fire and the chemicals used to fight the fire. After Paint Rock, Joel caught up to us. We got up to Monte Vista Peak and the Lookout around lunch time. The Lookout ranger's dogs greeted us. The ranger invited us up to get a look at the smoke from the fire. Rumor has it that the fire was started by drug smugglers - which causes me anger. She was concerned about us staying at Ania - so she called in to see whether we should pack up and leave. She mentioned that they were closing the Crest Trail. She did get word back that we could stay the night at Anita. On the way back to Anita, we decided to check out Bear Spring. The water is flowing nicely there and the ranger had a jug collecting her water. We stopped at Paint Rock so that Joel and I could bag the Peak again. My last time on top was in April of 2008. Luckily, this peak isn't visited often so we easily found our old entry (Joel had been the last one to sign in which was in 2010). Paint Rock has great views in all directions. We could see the Lookout, Cochise Head, Chiricahua Peak, and the Crest where the fire was starting to come up and over. It's shocking what just a few hours can do. I talked one of the guys into going up to Chiricahua Peak. It's an uneventful peak, however, the views as you go up are great due to fires in the past. Don't forget to stop and take them in. We hung out in camp for a while and then I decided I wanted to check out Chiricahua Vista to see if there were any Claret Cups. I was lucky and there was one flower open. I then took the old route down to the junction with the Chiricahua Peak and Crest trails. When it got close to sunset, we headed out to our favorite sunset viewing area. We were not disappointed! The sunset was nice, as always.

Day 3: Anita Park to Rustler Park via Booger Spring

We headed back to the cars. We deviated so I could show the guys Booger Springs. We made it back to the cars in about 2.5 hours, which included a few stops. Along the last stretch, I checked on Hill Side Spring which is still producing some water, but not a lot.

Overall, I had a great trip to one of my favorite places. I hope that the Horseshoe 2 fire is contained quickly and that Anita Park is forever preserved (or if a fire passed through it's a good fire).
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The water that is coming out of the spring is not going into the catchment. When we got water from the spring on Friday night, there was about 3 inches in the cement container. After a few liters it went down to about 1 inch that so we decided to go look for the rest of our water elsewhere. In the morning, it was back up some, but it is filling very, very slowly.

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Good water here. The Fire Lookout Rangers collect their water from this spring.

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It's hard to say exactly how much is coming out of the spring because most of it is contained in a covered catchment. But the water depth is over 2 feet.

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Not much water standing in the catchment.
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May 13 2011
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Crest Trail #270B - Jct Sdl to Monte Vista PkTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Backpack18.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Overnight backpacking trip with dayhikes to Monte Vista Pk and Paint Rock.
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74 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Anita Park - Chiricahua Mountains, AZ 
Anita Park - Chiricahua Mountains, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 02 2010
rwstorm
Backpack9.60 Miles 1,000 AEG
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It had been a year since my last backpack, so I dusted off the gear and headed down to the Chiricahuas to join some friends. I wasn't able to get out of Tucson until around noon Saturday, so I knew I better shorten the hike in by driving the RAV up to Long Park to start, rather than Rustler Park (this cuts it by 2 miles). After a quick beer and T-Bell burrito, I threw on the 32 pound pack and headed out. Made real good time over to Anita Park, covering the 3.1 miles in exactly one hour (easy gradient made this possible). Spent a raucus evening around the campfire with our crew plus the neighbors. :lol: It rained lightly several times during the night, but it didn't start until after we were in the tents. Morning was perfect. :) After slowly breaking camp, we headed over to Centella Point, one of my favorite spots in this range with its killer views to the east. Then it was back to Long Park. I gave several of the others a ride back to Rustler to shorten their walk. Stopped for food in Willcox and got back to Tucson before 5pm. 8)
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 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2010
RedRoxx44
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
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Didn't really do this but it's the closest. Camped up there Sat nite, only a couple of people camped out in the pines, then went to Centella Point, Fly Peak and a loop using the bear wallow trail. Ran out on the Crest trail toward the high point then decided to go back ( forgot lunch). Tree fall and some snow still. Lost the Centella Point trail and cross countried a short distance to the trail in the old burn area. Ran into about 20 illegals on the crest trail. Brian was ahead of me so I encountered them after him. No problems. The "coyote" I supposed, spoke english and tried to be a little intimidating toward me but that didn't last long. Look 'em in the eye and speak short and be firm. Most people will back off and so did he.

Views hazy out of Centella Point. Springs all running well and things starting to green up.
We also stopped and hiked up a small drainage full of small waterfalls over rock as we drove on toward Portal. Topped the day off by visiting an old friend of Brian's near Rodeo New Mexico.

Good to hike in the pines.
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44 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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hhwolf14
Hiking18.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
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Did Fly's and Chiricahua Peaks with Marley. Attempted Monte Vista, but took a wrong turn (seems to be par for the course here), so will have to come back for that one.
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65 male
 Joined Aug 03 2004
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2009
drewboy
Hiking17.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
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We did an overnight backpack trip from Rustler Park. Heads up! We found that Anita Spring was not running. There was just a stagnant looking puddle there. We did manage to fill up at Booger Spring and we pressed on to the Monte Vista Peak area, where we camped on the saddle just below the lookout tower. We were able to get water from Bear Spring, which is nearby to this campsite. Overall very nice weather, although the winds were a bit gusty. We did encounter rain late afternoon and overnight. On the return hike we had around 30 seconds of hail. A really fun and memorable hike, very lush and green foliage as well as some killer views 360 degrees down to the desert floor, towards Mexico and New Mexico. You just gotta love those Sky Islands.
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