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Mormon Ridge Trail (West Turkey Creek)

Coronado National Forest
Pearce, Arizona 85625
Mormon Ridge Trail webpage
Mormon Ridge Trail map

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Mormon Ridge Trail (W. Turkey Creek)
Coordinates: 31.8589244, -109.3228161
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About Mormon Ridge Trail (West Turkey Creek)
Mormon Ridge and Mormon Canyon Trails are both located south of Saulsbury and are aimed almost directly at Chiricahua Peak. Mormon Ridge is quite steep and many choose to follow it down, rather than up, if they use the trails to form a loop. Since it clings to the south-facing slope of Mormon Canyon, it can also be quite hot. These trails cross near the head of Mormon Canyon. From that junction, Mormon Ridge goes north toward Cima Park and Mormon Canyon goes south to Chiricahua Saddle. Both are points along the Crest Trail #270. These trails traverse a wide range of biologic zones. Starting out among plants characteristic of the Upper Sonoran Desert such as Schott’s yucca and silverleaf oak, the trails climb into a forest of Engelmann spruce, a species found as far north as British Columbia. Mormon Canyon Trail passes through a picturesque riparian area that includes a number of Rocky Mountain maples. Those who visit in autumn will want to pass this way and enjoy the fall colors.
From Mormon Ridge Trail webpage