Ascent of Apache Peak on 2018-03-23

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Apache Peak
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

after reading paul mclellan's report i was excited to do this before the next monsoons, while the road was still good. but i underestimated the drive, and how slow the hike would be. i had to do some work in the morning, and didn't leave tucson until 11:30. that was way too late to be attempting this.

for the drive i attempted to use the summitpost directions: i found them confusing, and i definitely did not end up going the right way. i went through mattie canyon which was pretty much an ATV/OHV route, and while the range rover made it fine, it was not at all enjoyable. along the way i did pass two more options for the return trip: one would be the water tank mentioned in the SP directions (point 4791), and the other would be north via apache springs. i chose the apache springs option when i drove out.

the attached track has roads pretty much all in reasonable condition. clearance is required, but there's nothing difficult up to the point marked 4762. it's still way better after that than anything you read in the older trip reports, but 4x4 hi-clearance is recommended. you should expect to take about an hour to drive this from AZ-83.

if you want to try the SP directions i think what you do is go east (right) after passing "gate 4" waypoint in my track. i recall the road going east there to appear to be in good condition, and i believe that hooks up with the water tank (point 4791) that is mentioned in the SP directions. in all likelihood i will attempt this route change next time i try this peak.

oh and i don't think i'd bother trying gmaps suggestion: it has you drive north from AZ-82 on granite peak road. i spent 5 miles on that "road" as part of getting from mattie canyon to the right place, and some of the worst suckage of my drive in was on that road. (i also wouldn't be surprised if there are locked gates on the gmaps route, it just "felt" wrong to me so i didn't even try.)

as for the failed hike... i only went 0.7mi following the trail paul mclellan mentions (it's his descent track). it's pretty good (and i clipped some to make it easier), but my progress was too slow due to all the thorny prickly plants i was avoiding, and there was no way i wanted to be coming down this trail in the dark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:692 ft / 210 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Trailhead:5388 ft / 1642 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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