Deep in the interior of the Chiricahua Mountains and several miles off trail the Portal Rodeo Hiking Club took the day to experience the falling waters of the Chirichua Mountains. A stream exiting a canyon along a popular hiking trail was the turnoff for the falling waters hike. No trail exists and a steep ascent was accompanied by the constant sound of falling water as hiking club members passed numerous small waterfalls in the stream bed. The floor of the canyon cuts through a variety of colored bedrock ranging from green to black creating these small and entertaining waterfalls. Finally, rounding a bend in floor of the canyon the final objective came into sight, an alcove with a beautiful 50 ft. high waterfall cascading over angled water worn black bedrock. Although fire has swept the area the trees along hillsides are intact in many places, but several blowouts at side drainages are evident along the route. The fire removed most of the fallen small trees and brush which had clogged the canyon and made the first mile a hike through open forest, but the second mile was either boulder hoping along the stream or negotiating steep slopes above the water. Staying high allowed a number of hiking club members to enjoy lunch on top of the falls while others chose to stay low and ate in the alcove at the base of the falls. Two flying trees were photographed during the hike in the high country one of which is shown below.
50 ft. waterfall in the Chiricahua Mountains
A flying tree in the high country of the Chiricahua Mountains