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Between the Wilderness boundary and Monte Vista Peak, the Crest Trail offers diverse forests, wildflower clad meadows, soaring overlooks and high summits.

The Crest Trail is actually a system of trail, spurs and side loops that sits like an inverted "Y" on the central ridge of the Chiricahuas. This page describes the section from the northern boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness to the foot of the upside down Y's southwestern leg on Monte Vista Peak. Between the Wilderness boundary and Monte Vista Peak, the Crest Trail offers access to a land of diverse forests, wildflower clad meadows, soaring overlooks and some of the highest summits in the mountain range. Particular features accessible along this section of the Crest include Flys Peak, Anita Park, Chiricahua Peak and the unmatched views of Monte Vista Peak. Centella Point, Winn Falls, Anita Spring and Booger Spring are accessible via spurs or connecting trails.

Another aspect of this trail is its pleasant character. Much of it wanders along a wide and easy to follow trail, cushioned with pine needles and shaded by tall trees. The gradient is moderate, and grassy parks and distant vistas appear with pleasing frequency. This is a great place to see Coues white-tailed deer, a variety of songbirds and the retreating shadow of a shy black bear. There are numerous side trails which provide added adventure.

Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness Areas.

Directions: From Tucson, Take I-10 east 81 miles to State Route 186. Turn south and continue for 23 miles to State Route 181. Turn east towards Chiricahua National Monument and drive 4 miles to Forest Road #42. Continue up Pinery Canyon 12 miles to FR 42D. Drive about 2.5 miles to the Rustler Park Campground. The main access to the trail is via Barefoot Lookout to Wilderness Boundary segment from Rustler Park Campground. This trail can also be reached from a number of connecting trails.

Elevation: 8,500 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,600 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Distance: 6.3 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

 
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