Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chiricahua National Monument Hiking

It has been a couple weeks since this hike as I have been lazy in updating my blog!  This was our first hike with the local "Alt Hiking" meetup group.  We planned a day hike at Chiricahua outside of Willcox, AZ and then camping in Pinery Canyon forest.  Chicahua was about a 2.5 hour drive from Tucson.  Our hiking started at around 6000 feet of elevations so the temperatures were nice.

Wow.  Chiricahua has some incredible rock formations!  We started on the echo canyon trail and hiked around 9 miles in and out of the park.  The first mile of the echo canyon trail was amazing with the tall rock walls and slot canyons.  There were a slot of spots where you could use the slots as shortcuts.  But by far the best part of the hike was the Heart of Rocks mile or so long loop.  The rock formations are really mind boggling on the loop.  This hike is a MUST do if you are in the area.

Hiking in the Chiricahua national monument
Getting started on the echo canyon trail at Chiricahua.

Camel Rock for obvious reasons.

Balance Rock in Chiricahua

Balance Rock

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