Surprise! My morning started with a stop at the Visitor Center for a little WiFi and a few more trail tips. Within a few minutes of arrival the volunteer received an email shutting down the Visitor Center. My anxiety of being out and about increased. What to do?
Joan and I hiked this trail in December 2017 (link). I was looking forward to an early spring experience. This area is known as a birder’s paradise. While I was really hoping for a sighting of an Elegant Trogon, I was told they won’t be migrating this direction for a few more weeks. I’d heard there would be a few wet feet crossings so I started in sandals.
The 2014 Hurricane Odile caused major flooding and damage to this trail. You need to pay attention to cairns and trail crossing clues to stay on track. I met a hiker coming the opposite direction who gave me a heads up on one tricky crossing after a long wandering trying to find the trail.
- March 16, 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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