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3-Day Hiking Trip to Tuscon and the Chiricauhas


Three Day Trip to the Chiricahuas, Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15


Leave Fry’s at 9:00 am on Friday and travel to Tucson arrive approximately 11:00 am for a hike to Romero Pools in Catalina State Park near Tuscon.  There is a $7 per car entry fee.  Romero Pools is a great moderate hike with mountain views, waterfalls, and natural pools.

Near: Tucson, AZ

Scenery: *****

Distance: 5.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Hike Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots

Hike Type: Out and Back

The park offers bathroom facilities and picnic tables. Be prepared depending on conditions we may have to cross some water so we could get wet.

We will have lunch close to the park and proceed to Wilcox for late afternoon check in.

Lodging: We have a block of 7 Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilcox for Friday, September 13 and Saturday September 14th.  The rate is $74.00 a night. Rooms are non smoking with 2 Queen beds. Breakfast is included. To reserve, call and request to speak to Terry or Susan.  Identify yourself as being with Grayhawk Hiking Club and reserve your room under your own name. If you have any difficulties, send an email to the Event Hosts (Lesley or Vangie).  The address of the hotel is 1251 Virginia Avenue[masked]-3333.

Saturday, we will have breakfast at the hotel and plan to leave for the Chiricahua National Monument at 7:00 am. Chiricahua National Monument 12856 East Rhyolite Creek Road, Wilcox AZ 85643 [masked]). $5.00 entry fee per person.

We will hike The Big Loop beginning at the Echo Canyon Trailhead.  It is a strenuous hike of 9.5 miles and an elevation gain of approximately 1800 feet.

Near: Wilcox, AZ in Chiricahua National Monument

Scenery: *****

Distance: 9.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1800 ft

Hike Time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Condition: Good

Hike Type: Loop

Sunday, for those wanting a short hike before heading home we will return to the National Monument hike Natural Bridge Trail. Access a small parking area along the Bonita Canyon Scenic Drive .5 miles behind the campground. It is a moderate hike 4.8 miles with 550 feet in elevation gain. It is the least used trail in the monument and climbs through oak and juniper woodlands to a ridge than drops into the Apache pine forest of Picket Park. The trail ends at an overlook for the small water carved bridge located across the canon. We’ll return the same way.

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  • Vangie T.

    This place is a must see. Different than the Grand Canyon but just as exhilerating. I will do this hike again that is for sure. I loved how we all took care of each other.

    September 18, 2013

  • Lesley D.

    Awesome trip.

    September 17, 2013

  • Lorraine H.

    This event was superb from start to finish, thanks to the advance planning by Lesley and Vangie. It was so well organized and the weather and traffic just happened to cooperate so we could follow the intended plan. It was great to have a guy along (Ray) to guide the way on the Natural Bridge Trail the final day. A must-do-over event!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Christina

    Sorry, changed my mind. Heat is my concern.

    August 25, 2013

  • Christina

    I will go for Natural Bridge Trail on Sunday.

    About hotel room since it has double beds anyone needs a good roommate?

    Since we will be heading south it would be nice to car pool with those live in the southern part of Phoenix.

    July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I need

      August 25, 2013

  • Lorraine H.

    Ray will be my guest.

    July 29, 2013

  • Stephen W.

    Would love to come, but I'll be coming back from the Tetons on Friday.

    July 29, 2013

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