I don’t like the trail naming system in this area. They have lots of interconnecting trails but you have to research and look up each one to connect. For example if you want to hike Chiricahua Peak and only look up the trail by that name, it would appear to be less than .5 miles in length. For this hike, I started at the Herb Martyr Campground on the Basin Trail aka Herb Martyr Trail which is 3 miles to Snowshed Trail. There are three Snowshed Trails. Snowshed Basin Trail is 2 miles, Snowshed Trail is 8.5 miles and Snowshed Peak Trail is less than a mile. So confusing!
This section proved to be too much for me. I lost the trail in stickery prickery overgrowth and burned deadfall. If there wasn’t snow and I was a little more motivated I would have fought my way through. It doesn’t look like much but believe me I was all scratched up. There was very little open space to maneuver through the thickets.
- March 20, 2020
- At the Visitor Center ask for trail guides and the dispersed camping handout.
- The nearest gas is in Animas, New Mexico
- The nearest laundry is near Rodeo, New Mexico. I used Rusty’s RV Park and it was clean, inexpensive with the bonus of a place to hang out with WiFi.
- The nearest shower I found was at The Chiricahua Desert Museum between Portal, Arizona and Rodeo, New Mexico.
- There are small grocery stores and cafes in both Portal and nearby at Sky Islands.
- The library and Visitor Center leave on their WiFi during business hours, both accessible from outside.
- Potable water, garbage and restrooms are available at the nearby campgrounds.
- Best digital trail maps I found are the Gaia layer on the Gaia app. The others I tried haven’t been updated since the 2011 fire.
- The time on your phone will flip back and forth between New Mexico and Arizona time, making it very confusing.
- Friends of Cave Creek Canyon – Hiking Trails
- Hiking the Chiricahua Mountain Trails
- USFS – Coronado Forest, Chiricahua Mountains
- Map – Chirichua Mountains and National Monument (Green Trails)
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