trailhiker
Here's the view from the Chiricahua Crest Trail looking north. Evidence of the big Rattlesnake Fire of 1994 is everywhere. It was the largest fire in the Chiricahuas in 77 years, and according to reports its 200-foot-high flames were visible at night in the town of Douglas, nearly 40 miles away. Stands of mature Ponderosa Pine, some over 350 years old, were wiped out, and the land is turning into open meadow and aspen groves, radically altering the look of this area of the high Chiricahuas.