In December 2017, my backpacking bestie Joan and I spent time in the Chiricahau Mountains including a couple of days at the Chiricahau National Monument. Ever since I’ve had a return on my list so I could fully explore the area in less snowy conditions.
Massai Point Nature Trail
I arrived mid day so after a stop at the Visitor Center, where I made a shuttle reservation for the next day, I drove to Massai Point to stretch my legs while learning about the geology on the nature trail.
Sugarloaf Mountain Lookout
Joan and I hiked nearly every trail in the park but not this one. So how I could I resist? Plus at less than 2 miles round trip it was a perfect for this afternoon where I was short on time. This is the view of the lookout from Massai Point.
- March 13, 2020
- The nearest dispersed camping is on Pinery Road (FS Road 42). Although there were several others camped nearby, it was a very disruptive night with lots of Border Patrol traffic.
- Ask for the Hiking Guide at the Visitor Center.
- If you plan to hike more of the Chiricahua Mountains/Wilderness aka Cave Creek Canyon, I recommend getting the Green Trails Map (link) of the area.
- Nearest resupply town is Willcox. At the time of this writing there was a Safeway. There was also a TA Travel Center for shower and laundry.
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