Brushy Canyon Trail #355


Turtle Mountain Trail offers a primitive route to the summit of soaring Monte Vista Peak out of Sycamore Canyon. It can be combined with the Monte Vista Trail #221 and the Brushy Canyon Trail, in appropriately named Brushy Canyon, to form a loop through this high and scenic region of the southern Chiricahuas. The Turtle Mountain Trail is exceptionally steep in a number of places, especially where it climbs up and over the rocky rim of Sycamore Canyon. At times you may find yourself feeling that its name comes as much from the pace one is able to set in traveling it as it derives from the shape of nearby Turtle Mountain.After you climb out of Sycamore’s inner gorge, scramble to a steep saddle and curve around the northwestern shoulder of Turtle Mountain, 9,357 foot Monte Vista Peak comes into view and stays there for the rest of the journey to its summit. When you reach the summit, you will have a view of a panorama that stretches well into Mexico and encompasses much of southeastern Arizona and a healthy portion of southwestern New Mexico. To turn your journey into a round trip, you can return the way you came or drop down the Monte Vista Trail into North Fork Canyon. That way you’ll get to enjoy one last look at all those great views. From the end of the Monte Vista Trail, travel down North Fork Road about one half mile to Brushy Canyon Trailhead. The Brushy Canyon Trail goes up and over a divide into Brushy Canyon on its way back to the Turtle Mountain Trailhead in Sycamore Canyon.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness.
Water: No water.
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 turnoff to Rucker Lake. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 for 5 miles to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and drive 2 miles to FR 4244. Turn left (north) on FR 4244 and go to end of road. From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which becomes FR 74 at the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 for 5 miles To FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and drive 2 miles to FR 4244. Turn left (north) on FR 4244 and go to end of road.



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Day Hiking

These trails are hot and dry and there are no reliable water sources along them. Both Turtle Mountain and Brushy Canyon trails are designated primitive and receive minimum maintenance. They are not recommended for stock. The Brushy Trail is 2.9 miles long (2.4 miles in Chiricahua Wilderness). USGS Map(s): Chiricahua Peak
Elevation desc6,010 - 9,240 feet
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
12.7 miles loop (including Monte Vista Tr.)

  Elevation : 
6,010 feet - 9,240 feet