Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2018-04-17

Climber: Richard Hensley

Others in Party:Greg Gerlach -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Adam Walker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chiricahua Peak
    Elevation:9759 ft / 2974 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approached from south, coming up Mormon Cyn from Sycamore CG. Tried connector depicted on topo from Spot 8762 toward Cima Park. On north side of Chiricahua, trail is obliterated by dense brush and treefall. Day's lesson (repeated later): if a sign does not indicate a trail, then that trail no longer exists. Although started to improve a little as it turned north, I bushwhacked straight up to Junction Saddle to rejoin the others.

Then went over South Flys (see that report) and up to Flys Pk. Returned on trails, and up trail on Chiricahua's N rij. Could not find trail down E side toward Spot 9485. Mostly minor bushwhacking that side.

Heading for Snowshed, tried topo trail on N side of Peak 9660. This trail also totally obliterated by brush. Returned on S side via Juniper Spring.

Trail up W rij of Snowshed can still be found, but basically unusable because of fallen snags and some brush. Better to pick way through open areas of rock. A usable trail does emerge around 9600msl, after a somewhat difficult (but worthwhile) climb over a fallen tree; it stays on the S side of the crest going over to the highpoint.

Otherwise, all trails are fine for foot travel, with only the usual minor problems. Time in stats is mostly moving time: this was a 12-hr day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5693 ft / 1734 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5693 ft / 1734 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.8 mi / 27 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:clr; viz 20mi blowing dust; very windy; pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4683 ft / 1427 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3483 ft / 1062 m; Extra: 1200 ft / 365m
    Loss on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:Mormon Cyn; S Flys; Flys
    Start Trailhead:Sycamore CG  6276 ft / 1912 m
    Time:5 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4493 ft / 1369 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3483 ft / 1062 m; Extra: 1010 ft / 307m
    Gain on way out:1010 ft / 307 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Snowshed; Juniper Spg; Chiricahua Sdl; Mormon Cyn
    End Trailhead:Sycamore CG  6276 ft / 1912 m
    Time:5 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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