Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2018-04-17
|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|
| Elevation:||9759 ft / 2974 m|
Ascent Trip ReportApproached 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|
| 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|
| 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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