Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2018-11-03

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Chiricahua Peak
    Elevation:9759 ft / 2974 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left Phoenix in the morning, only to find in Tucson that our new car used oil for the first time, and that it was 3-4 quarts... We continued tentatively, and found our way up the mountain on the windy gravel road from Chiricahua National Monument. There was actually water running in some of the creek beds. At the top of the pass where we could look out to New Mexico, we took a right and headed toward Rustler Park. The road was fine for 2WD to there, but once we payed the day use fee, we continued onto a very rocky road to the Long Park Trailhead. Katrina thought I was going to break the new car when we had to ram up a large rock after a dip. We made it, but if you have an extra two hours and a car you care for, just park at Rustler Park.

There were two other cars at the TH, so we expected to see people on the trail. The first was just a couple minutes in. He looked like he had camped somewhere along the trail. The trail descended slightly, then met up with the Crest Trail at a saddle. The views to our backs were incredible, but we traded those for views of Cochise County to our right. Much of the forest has burned here, making the views mostly unobstructed. The trail did not follow the crest, but rather avoided rises like Flys Peak. We skipped out on that peak because, although being on the 20-20 list, it seemed very unremarkable. The trail also looked overgrown, whereas the Crest Trail was in good shape. We then passed the two other people of the day at Round Meadow. It was just us after that. Soon we got to the spur for the summit. We were surprised that we were almost there. The last rise had a few switchbacks and was the only part of the hike that was more intense than mellow. At the top we found a rock painted with the Alaskan flag on the summit. Strange. Sadly, there was no register. We had a mini-picnic on the summit, then headed on down. Although we started in late morning, we finished a couple hours before sunset and so had time to spend in the national monument before camping along Pinery Canyon Road. We even saw a bear!

Our assessment was that this was one of the easiest Arizona county highpoints.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1644 ft / 500 m
    Extra Gain:475 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:Long Park Trail - Crest Trail - Chiricahua Peak
    Trailhead:Long Park TH  9065 ft / 2763 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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