Pinery Horsefall Trail #336


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These two trails form an east-west route that leads up and over the crest of the north Chiricahuas. The area they lead through is one that has been the center of quite a bit of mining and cattle ranching activity. The mines have closed down, leaving behind a few old roads and some rusting relics. The cattle ranches are still operational. Both of these trails are also outside the boundary of the Chiricahua Wilderness. The area they pass through is quite remote, nevertheless, and a traveler along them will most likely encounter fewer people here than on many of the Wilderness trails. Pinery-Horsefall Trail traverses a variety of settings from a sycamore shaded riparian area in Pinery Canyon (good birdwatching here), up and over a dry, juniper-dotted ridgetop to a grassy canyon sprinkled with Apache pine and big walnut trees. This second canyon is named Horsefall and the trail stays with it through stands of Douglas-fir and Gambel oak as it climbs to Jhus-Horse Saddle. Jhus-Horse Saddle Trail approaches this same saddle from the east. It starts in an area of abandoned mines and old mining roads and climbs through chaparral and a few drainages to the saddle. This trail can be hard to find and hot, too, on a sunny day. The road (FR 341) that leads to it can be a bit of an adventure in its own right.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pack and saddle stock are not allowed overnight in campgrounds
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District   520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east 81 miles. Turn right (south) on AZ 186 and continue for 23 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 4 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 42. Continue up Pinery Canyon 6 miles to Pinery-Horsefall Trail. The Jhus-Horse Saddle Trail is located at the end of FR 341 (4-wheel drive) off of East Whitetail Canyon. Forest Road 42 is a gravel road suitable for passenger vehicles. This road is open April through November. The road is not plowed and is usually closed following snowstorms. This road is rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick after a rain.



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Day Hiking

Diverse habitats, Historic mining area, Remote setting, Birdwatching/wildlife watching, Up and over crest of north part of the range. The Jhus-Horse Saddle Trail joins the Shaw Peak Trail #251 about fifty yards north of the Pinery-Horsefall/Shaw Peak Trail junction. Jhus-Horse Saddle can be hot. Bring a good supply of water. USGS Map(s): Rustler Park
Elevation desc5,960 - 7,040 feet


Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

  Elevation : 
5,960 feet - 7,040 feet