Buena Vista Lookout

This is a quick hike from the Rustler Park Campground following the crest trail, which also intercepts the forest road immediately below the lookout.  The lookout sits near the northern terminus of the Chiricahua crest ridge and provides a good view over the rest of the range that sits at a lower altitude to the north.  The view includes Chiricahua National Monument but the rock spires that it's known for aren't very visible from this perspective.

May 10, 2008
The monsoon storms had yet to start so the mountains were getting pretty dry and it was relatively warm during the day, though some lupines and other flowers were still blooming on some of the exposed dry slopes.  The campsites stayed cool during the day, and got cold after the sun went down due to the altitude and dry air.

 
The first photo is of JJ, Kathryn, and Ronit on the trail with just a short way to go to the lookout.  The second is looking to the southwest from the lookout with me, Kathryn, Ronit, and the thirsty dogs.  (photos courtesy of Mead Mier)


View to the south along the length of the crest.  The highest point on the right is Flys Peak and the flat ridge extending to its left is Centella Point.  The high point in the distance a little more to the left is probably Sentinel Peak at about the southern terminus of the crest.  Rustler Park sits in a bowl on the other side of the ridge on the near right. 


This is the forested bench to the west of the lookout with Barfoot Peak on the right and Ida Peak behind to its left.  The white patch in the distance above Ida Peak is Willcox Playa.  The heat was making the views pretty hazy.  JJ, Mike and I decided to continue down the forest road to check out the meadow down below. 


Pan looking to the north with the Dos Cabezas Mountains in the distance and the grassy plains inbetween.  The large rocky peak on the right is Cochise Head and the bare patch just to the right of center is Sugarloaf Mountain sitting near the center of Chiricahua National Monument.


Looking back up to the lookout from the meadow that we were previously looking down on.