Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2012-04-15

Climber: Shannon Dillmore

Date:Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chiricahua Peak
    Elevation:9759 ft / 2974 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a bit of an ordeal. I approached from what may be the "Upper Mormon Creek" approach. The trail left Sycamore campground, and ascended steeply along Mormon Creek. Some areas were slick with the previous day's snowfall with steep drop-offs, but nothing too bad. At 8100' I completely lost the unmaintained trail, as it entered the burn area. It was steep bushwhacking to the trails traversing the Chiricahua crest at 9100'. This section was miserable as the earth was soft and getting purchase was difficult. After that it was a stroll to the saddle south of the summit and an open country walk to the summit. No views. Descended the same route, abiding by the "devil you know..." adage.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3567 ft / 1087 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3567 ft / 1087 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Start Trailhead:6192 ft / 1887 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km

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