Monte Vista Trail #221


Both trails provide different access routes to Monte Vista Peak, one of the best viewpoints in the southern Chiricahuas. The Monte Vista Trail begins at the wilderness boundary in North Fork Canyon at the end of an old jeep road and immediately begins switchbacking up the mountain’s south slope. Views are good along much of the route and, as the trail gains elevation, they just keep getting better. At the summit, reached via a 0.2 mile spur trail, the panorama includes much of southeastern Arizona including several of its Sky Island mountain ranges. Raspberry Ridge Trail provides another access route to Monte Vista Peak as well as to the extensive trail network connected by the Rucker Forest Campground (area is unavailable)and stays within Bear Canyon for the first half of its route. From Bear Canyon, it switchbacks steeply to razorback Raspberry Ridge, which it follows to its junction with the Crest Trail near Monte Vista Peak. After completing your journey, you can either return the way you came, or make a loop by using about 0.7 mile of the Crest Trail #270 to connect the two trails. If you choose this latter option, you’ll also have to travel approximately 2.6 miles on the North Fork and Rucker Roads to get back to your starting point.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. Pack and saddle stock are not allowed overnight in campgrounds.
Water: Water can usually be found at Bear Springs. Purification of water is recommended prior to use.
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District   520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 29 miles to the Rucker Lake turnoff. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on Forest Road (FR) 74 for 5 miles to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E to both trailheads. Monte Vista Trail – Follow FR 74E about 5 miles to the North Fork Canyon Turnoff (FR 628). It’s 2.8 miles up this road to the Wilderness boundary and trailhead. Raspberry Ridge Trail – Follow FR 74E to its end at the Rucker Forest Camp. Trailhead parking is available at the north end of the campground. From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road which becomes FR 74. Continue on FR 74 for 45 miles, turn left (north) FR 74E to both trailheads.



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  Area/Length : 
4.6 miles

  Elevation : 
6,100 feet - 9,357 feet