Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2012-06-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 16, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9759 ft / 2974 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe approach road, while dirt, is completely suitable for standard passenger cars. While the Sycamore campground is easy to find, the trailhead is not marked. The trail starts from one of the eastern-most campsites at the campground and heads to the north side of the creek.
The Mormon Canyon trail appears to have suffered a fair amount of damage from the fire in 2011. While some work has been done (including setting up some very large cairns), I was still able to loose the trail a couple times on my ascent. Fortunately, regaining it was never too difficult. Once above the junction with the Mormon Ridge trail is where the "trail" involves some bushwhacking as well as avoiding dead tree trunks. Still, at least following it was not too difficult up there.
I'm guessing the old register and housing burnt with the fire, as all I saw was one sheet of paper in a ziplock bag. I contributed a better register and jar. Alas, there were still too many trees at the top for a good summit view, but one can walk a little off the summit in various directions to get better views.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3519 ft / 1073 m|
| Distance:||10.2 mi / 16.4 km|
| Route:||Mormon Canyon|
| Trailhead:||Sycamore Campground 6240 ft / 1901 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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