Jhus Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains, near
Portal, Arizona (Feb 9, 2017)
This hike was another in the Chiricahua Mountains with friend
Jon Lacey. I was invited to go along with a
bunch of folks who hike almost every week, somewhere in the
hills around Portal, Arizona. Portal is
a remote little town on the New Mexico border, about 60 miles
north of the Mexican border. We all met at the house
of one of the eight hikers and then drove toward a
trailhead. This trip was different in that there was
never a specific place that might fit the usual trailhead
description. Rather, the guys drove their four wheel
drive pickups along the old roads until they became rough enough
that they didn't want to go further. We then parked
and started walking. I would not have wanted
to take our car on this road!
This shows the road or "trail" we hiked near the
beginning. This is typical of much of the hike.
A view to the NE, looking into New
The hike took us along an old road until we reached an abandoned
ranch. Only the foundation of an old house was
left. We continued on the road for a
while. Then we diverted across country toward a
creek bed, but eventually found another road that we followed
until we returned to the ranch, and then back to the trucks.
I found it refreshing to be so far away from a densely populated
area. I estimate that we covered about 3 miles
with an elevation gain of about 700 ft. Many thanks to
the guys in this hiking group for including me.