Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona


Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument, Rhyolite Canyon and the Big Loop

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,100 ft
  • Pace: 1.5, no max

8:00 at the trailhead, it can be seen in the center of this map, the Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail starts to the right of the lot 


Can be shortened by 1.8 for those with an interest.


This is one of 18 day hikes being posted in the Tucson area from March 15th through April 3rd. Sign up for as many or as few as you like.  Most of these hikes will have options to lengthen or shorten the hike for those that want to do that. Note that the tread on these trails is not as easy and fast as a typical WA trail. It is often rocky and can be relatively slow going. While these are all harder hikes, you don’t have to be super fast or strong, my hope is to spend a lot of time on the trails, we won’t race through the hikes. 

The hikes for a week (Sunday-Friday) may be rearranged due to weather. If the wildflowers are great in one area, hikes might be switched to do more hiking where the flowers are.  During March the average temperature in Tucson is 75 and on average it rains on 2 days during the month. If you were staying in Downtown Tucson, you would need to leave your place about 6:00 AM for all of these hikes.    



Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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