Ascent of Apache Peak on 2018-03-07

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Roxanna Baker
Gary Fabiano
Bill Hiscox
Jane Hiscox
Brian Larson
June Meyer
John Ohm
John Perillo
Bob Schaap
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Apache Peak
    Elevation:7711 ft / 2350 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Southern Arizona Hiking Club (SAHC) climb led by John Ohm and Bill Hiscox. We drove in from the west via Empire Ranch. The road has recently been bulldozed, reducing road erosion, easing the grade in places, and removing trees that had encroached on the road over the years. The road is much easier to follow now than before. One still needs a high-clearance vehicle and 4WD might be helpful in spots (I used it). There are at least two spots I think will erode significantly over the next monsoon seasons as water will flow over the road there. So don't wait too long before trying the route if you have been considering it.

We started hiking by immediately dropping into a steep canyon and walking up the wash before climbing out on some steep slabs and heading for the west ridge. On our return we found an old and unmaintained trail that traversed off the ridge through the forest back to our vehicles and we thereby avoided descending into and climbing out of the steep canyon below the vehicles. Otherwise, we generally followed the west ridge to the summit following a fence line (and crossing it in several spots) low on the ridge.

From the Apache Peak summit we traversed the ridgeline south to French Joe and returned to Apache Peak before following our route back to our vehicles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2711 ft / 825 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:WSW Ridge
    Trailhead:5400 ft / 1645 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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