Emigrant Canyon Trail #255


Pioneers heading west used this northern Chiricahua canyon to circumvent Apache Pass and avoid the danger of Indian ambush there. The trail follows their old travel corridor for its entire length, but evidence of the road they built is mostly obliterated by more recent passages. Pioneers entered the Chiricahuas via Wood Canyon on the east, then bounced and strained their way up and over Emigrant Pass into Emigrant Canyon and followed it westward. Many travelers in this area now retrace the pioneer’s route backwards from west to east, starting at the trailhead at the end of Forest Road 701. A visit to the ruins of Fort Bowie at Apache Pass adds special interest to this alternative. From the Emigrant Canyon Trailhead, the trail heads up-canyon following the cottonwood and sycamore-shaded streambed except for a couple of detours around narrow, rocky bottlenecks. After passing Hells Half Acre, the trail begins the serious part of its climb to Emigrant Pass. There the reward for your effort is a good view of the striking profile of Cochise Head Mountain. From this high perspective, the trail drops into Bitter Creek Canyon and continues into Wood Canyon to join Indian Creek Trail #253

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District   520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east 109 miles to Bowie. Turn South and travel 16 miles to the end of FR 701.



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Day Hiking

Historic passage, canyon setting, remote and secluded, good views from the pass. USGS Maps: Cochise Head, Little Wood Canyon
Elevation desc4,920 - 5,640 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


Areas & Activities


  Elevation : 
4,920 feet - 5,640 feet