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Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2014-06-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chiricahua Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:9759 ft / 2974 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climb this peak the morning after our Mount Graham ascent. We use the Turkey Creek Road approach and then Mormon Creek trail to summit. We drive on a short way past the main trail head and park at a small trailhead sign (N31.85625 W109.32985, 1938m). From here the trail (#269) heads east at right angles from the dirt road, following a creek uphill through nice woodland. It then switchbacks up steeper ground, making two very long almost level switchbacks which we mostly shortcut with a fairly easy 200m shortcut. At the saddle (N31.84955 W109.28901, 2890m) we turn R as signposted to Chiricahua summit which is soon reached.

The highest point is a small rock outcrop xxxx at the foot of a large pine tree. Nearby is a USGS benchmark, unusually fixed to a small flat topped rock which appears to be rock bolted to the ground.

With a reasonably early 07.45 start and the tree cover, temps are quite pleasant, and it's a scenic hike with nice views north, although not much to see from the wooded summit itself. Quite a bit of fire damage up high. We're at the summit in 1h52, and after a short break we jog down (a few shortcuts) in 58 mins: 2h58 round trip, not rushing and with a few stops for photos. On the way down we see a black bear - displaying the descending skills of a cannon ball !

Soon after 11 we head for Miller Peak: as hoped, the weather is settled enough for an afternoon ascent.

Chiricahua Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3401 ft / 1036 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3401 ft / 1036 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Mormon Creek trail
    Start Trailhead:6358 ft / 1937 m
    Time:1 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Mormon Creek trail
    Time:58 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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