A Few Days in the Chiricahua Mountains - Southeastern Arizona

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  1. RozzyCat

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    “While living I want to live well.” Geronimo

    The Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona were home to Geronimo and his band of Apache - the last Native Americans to surrender to the U.S. military. In addition to some outstanding scenery - the area features Fort Bowie (requiring a couple mile hike) and a national monument (which was closed during my visit due to gov't shutdown and a rockslide). :(

    My intent was to explore on my 500EXC and hike a little bit. Here's what I found:

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    Day 1 Track
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    Rock outcroppings everywhere.
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    Hmmm - probably shouldn't attempt this by myself.
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    This was doable with a little trail work. Some trail sections washed out by water were unpassable.
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    Things got interesting and cold up high.
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    Day 1 Summary (click VIMEO logo in lower right for full screen)


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    I spent Day 2 off the bike and hiking around the Fort Bowie and Portal areas.

    The Fort's Cemetery
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    Complete with stories of some of those buried here.
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    THE reason why this land was so important to everyone. Water.

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    And inside
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    Good interpretive signage along the way keeps things interesting.
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    Take the high trail back to the trailhead for a birdseye view of the area.
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    Hiking outside of Portal (lodging and food/no gas) is outstanding.
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    Day 3 track. Back on the bike for Day 3 - the southern section of the area.
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    Cottonwood Creek Trail was a highlight.
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    A little deeper than I thought. HA!
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    Humility shot :-)

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    Some gnarl. But most trails dead-ended into Wilderness area. :-(
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    A good time.
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    Day 3 summary (click VIMEO logo in lower right for full screen)

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  3. ghte

    ghte Been here awhile

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    You did pretty well on your own in some gnarly country. Good one.
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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    SE AZ is awesome! Nice report.
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    that looks like a fun ride, great report :D

    do you have gps tracks for it?
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Very nice report. I'd love to explore that area.
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    and, another part of this state I have to explore .......
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    Hey guys - I'm only in Arizona for 3-4 months out of the year. You guys have gotta get out more. :ricky
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    Hahaha a lot of spots are only rideable that long
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    Really Nice pictures. Great you get out and ride and you do it Solo. Wish Texas was closer!
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    :ricky.....
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