Summary: This is one of my all-time favorite day hikes in southern Arizona. The trail starts at Massai Point then descends into Rhyolite Canyon then up Hunt Canyon for a great ridge walk down to the Heart of Rocks loop. The loop is home to some of the most fascinating volcanic ash formations around. My pictures can't do this place any justice. A must do hike.
Trailhead: From Tucson, take I-10 east for approximately 82 miles. Take the first exit into Willcox. Proceed for 4 miles then turn right (south-east) on to Highway 186. Follow 186 for 32 miles until it intersects Highway 181 East. follow 181 E. to the fee station, then continue to massai point. (Lat:32.00726 Lon:-109.31228)
Trail Guides for Heart of Rocks: Massai Point :
100 CLASSIC HIKES IN ARIZONA
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Chiricahua National Monument
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jeff on 8/12/2007
This was a very cool hike with very interesting scenery. It's in the Chiricahua National Monument, which is small and only has about 5 or 6 trails in it. Several of them go to the Heart of Rocks loop, depending on which trailhead you start at and how far you want to hike, etc. When you enter the park, you'll get a map that will show you this route as well as some others. I recommend going - it's one of those things you should see at least once - amazing rock formations. It looks like a real-life Dr Seuss book!
Reviewed by R.R. on 1/1/2006
Spectacular hike, well worth doing. My husband and I hiked the perimeter loop counterclockwise, starting at Massai point and detouring through heart of rocks. It was about 8.5 mi--a moderate hike--and took us about 6 hours including lots of photo stops, exploring, and lunch. We drove 1.5 hr to get there and it was worth every extra effort. Be sure to get gas in Willcox if youre not full, as thats your last chance for the 40 mi in and 40 out. DO THIS HIKE--its AWESOME.
Reviewed by Pat on 5/16/2005
Easy hike, outstanding photo ops
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