Chiricahua National Monument Sports & Outdoors

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    Mushroom Rock Trail
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    Mushroom Rock Trail
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  • Mushroom Rock Trail
    Mushroom Rock Trail
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    Inspiration Point

    by Basaic Written Apr 28, 2008

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    View From Inspiration Point
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    The view from Inspiration Point is more than worth the effort to get there.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots; water, more water; a hat; sunscreen; possibly some food if you are taking the whole heart of the rocks trail.

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    Inspiration Point Trail

    by Basaic Written Apr 28, 2008

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    Inspiration Point Trail
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    The Inspiration Point Trail is a 1/2 mile trail each way. It is much flatter than the Mushroom Rock Trail and is a good cool down and a chance to lower your heart rate. It also offers several great views.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots; water, more water; a hat; sunscreen; possibly some food if you are taking the whole heart of the rocks trail.

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    Mushroom Rock

    by Basaic Written Apr 28, 2008

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    Mushroom Rock
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    Here is a photo of Mushroom Rock the formation the trail gets its name from. Sorry it is not a better photo.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots; water, more water; a hat; sunscreen; possibly some food if you are taking the whole heart of the rocks trail.

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    Mushroom Rock Trail

    by Basaic Written Apr 28, 2008

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    Mushroom Rock Trail
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    The Mushroom Rock Trail is a 1.2 mile trail which is rocky and steep. It leads from the Ed Riggs or Hailstone Trail to the Inspiration Point or Heart of the Rocks Trail. I took it from the Ed Riggs Trail to the Inspiration Point Trail.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots; water, more water; a hat; sunscreen; possibly some food if you are taking the whole heart of the rocks trail.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Rock Gardens

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Shrubs on Massai Point

    Some of the shrubs along Massai Point have what you could call a love hate relationship with the rocks. On the one hand the shrubs protect the soil and rock from erosion; but as the roots of the shrubs grow and expand they break apart the rock.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Erosion

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Pinnacle Formations

    Millions of years of stress from the movement of tectonic plates forced the fused pieces of rock toward the surface and cracked them along vertical lines called joints. Erosion then carved these rocks into the pinnacles you see today.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Forming the Rocks

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Fused Rock Formations
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    As the hot ash from the eruption settled the heat combined with the pressure of the layers over them fused the ash into rock. The pumice, ash and gases were pressed together and flattened to form the layered structure you see in these rocks. Some of the fusing was not complete and these portions remained softer than the fused rock. These created the cracks and fissures you see now as they slowly wore away.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Sugarloaf Mountain

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Sugarloaf Mountain

    Sugarloaf Mountain, which at 7310 feet is the highest point accessible to the public, is made up of fragmented volcanic rock covered by hard lava. When the Turkey Creek Caldera erupted about 27,000,000 years ago, it emitted so much material that the whole area was covered with ash up to the level of Sugarloaf. Over the years most of it has eroded and worn away.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Tree Growth

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Trees on Massai Point
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    The Chiricahuas get 20 to 30 inches of rain a year as opposed to about 10 inches in the valleys. This extra water allows the growth of a variety of trees. On Massai Point, however, the exposed surface and scant soil stunt the growth of the trees. The most common types of tress growing here are Mexican Pinyon, Arizona Cypress, and Alligator Juniper.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Nature Trail: Views

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    View From Massai Point
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    The Massai Nature Trail is a short interpretive loop trail that stays by Massai Point. It teaches you a lot about how these rock formations were made and about the vegetation in the area. It also provides some nice views.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, and weather appropriate gear.

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    Massai Point Exhibit Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Exhibit House
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    The Massai Point Exhibit Trail is a short paved trail that is handicapped friendly. It acquaints you with the park and the surrounding area. There is a small exhibit house there too. Photo 1 shows the Exhibit House. Photo 2 shows the formation called Cochise Head. Photo 3 shows the Turkey Creek Caldera which it is believed formed these mountains when it erupted some 27,000,000 years ago. Photo 4 shows the (from the left in the distance) Cochise Stronghold; Rincon Mountains; and Mika Peak. Mika Peak is in the Saguaro National Park and is 80 miles away. Photo 5 shows Harris Mountain and the San Simon Valley.

    Equipment: This trail is so short you don't need much in the way of equipment.

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    Echo Canyon Loop: Ed Riggs Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Ed Riggs Trail
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    The final part of the Echo Canyon Loop Trail is the Ed Riggs Trail. The trail leads you back up and to the parking lot. The trail is not as steep as trying to go up the Echo Canyon Trail and the footing is better. There is quite a bit of vegetation along this trail.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, weather appropriate gear.

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    Echo Loop Trail: Seeing Sugarloaf

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Sugarloaf From the Echo Loop Trail
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    There are several nice views of Sugarloaf Mountain along the Echo Canyon Trail. Sugarloaf Mountain, at 7310 feet is the highest point in the park open to the public.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, weather appropriate gear.

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    Echo Loop Trail: Echo Park

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Echo Park
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    After the grottos you will be at a lower elevation and will enter Echo Park. Echo Park is where Bonita Creek originates. The combination of available water and lower elevation makes this an area of lush vegetation, with a mixture of pine, oak and cypress trees.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, weather appropriate gear.

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    Echo Loop Trail: Wall Street

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Wall Street

    As you walk through the Grottos you will see a formation called Wall Street. This formation looks natural; but was actually made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 30s.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, weather appropriate gear.

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