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Paul McClellanBurned Timber  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2014

Paul McClellan

Followed the Crest Trail from Rustler Park to and from the peak. Passed through much burned timber - the occasional live forest demonstrated how much must have been lost by recent fires. The trail was virtually clear of any snow and the weather was ideal. I enjoyed the views to the north.
Posted Mar 28, 2014 12:23 am

bcoltrinChiricahua Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2009

bcoltrin

Very simple hiking with moderate to easy hiking terrain. Peak has no real views but with good timing the meadows can be full and blooming. I saw fire damage mostly on the western ridges below the trail line. Many blue berry patches early on and encountered a brown bear crossing the trail 50 yards in front of us so be aware of your surroundings.
Posted Jul 9, 2012 11:05 pm

PrestonArizonaChiricahua sweetness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2008

PrestonArizona

A great hike with Nick and Allen through beautiful mountaintops to the highpoint of the Chiricahua Mountains. Plenty of golden aspens, too.
Posted Nov 17, 2010 9:43 pm

ericnoelChiricahua
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2009

ericnoel

If I had to do it again I would have driven that road since it wasn't very bad. But nonetheless this was a pleasant enough hike and I can't complain about getting a COHP and an ultra.
Posted May 5, 2009 12:48 am

davis2001r6From Rustlers Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008
Great Day for a hike.
Posted Feb 23, 2009 12:30 am

ericwillhiteRustler Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2008

ericwillhite

Not to exciting of an area. Carried both kids most of the way and survived the 11 mile RT, total 70 lbs with kids and gear. Pictures and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/arizona_climbing/chiricahua_mountains/chiricahua_peak_258.htm
Posted Oct 19, 2008 2:16 pm

sbkelleyRustler Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

sbkelley

Meadows, wildflowers, and alpine forest...a pleasant surprise and a nice change from Phoenix summer weather. Also went over Flyes Peak and saw a glass jar summit register. Spent the next morning hiking to Heart of Rocks in the National Monument - very cool area and well worth a full weekend of exploration.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 9:53 pm

oldaditDon't roll the benchmark  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 1993

oldadit

Hiked before 1975, 1993, 1998 and 2001. The summit benchmark
is in a loose block. In 2001 tacked on Flys peak and 9570
for extra credit.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 6:17 pm

hans.schenkVia Turkey Creek  Sucess!

hans.schenk

I did this as a backpack years ago. We parked at Turkey Creek, and hiked up the Saulsbury Trail to the Crest Trail and over to Anita Park. We summited Chiricahua Peak after setting up camp. The next day we cruised down the Mormon Ridge Trail to our car.
Posted Sep 26, 2007 10:21 pm

bigbendbettyRustler Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2007

bigbendbetty

Great views of Cochise county along the hike. Couldn't see a lot from the summit, but it was cloudy by then and snowing
Posted Mar 28, 2007 4:16 am

Dan the JonesYears

Dan the Jones

Maany years ago I enjoyed a great Christmas camped out underneath this mountain. It ended up snowing like crazy.
Posted Mar 9, 2007 7:31 pm

weeds19Much longer than anticipated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2007

weeds19

With a few free days on the agenda, I decided to head for the warm heights of southern AZ. Unfortunately I picked the Chiricahuas which had a pretty good blanket of snow covering them above 8k feet. The "easy stroll on a trail" that I was expecting turned into ~6 miles of easy south facing trail, broken up by ~5 miles of shin to hip deep post-holing. I made the summit and when I returned to my car at Rustlers Park, I immediately took a nap!
Posted Mar 9, 2007 7:24 pm

Dennis PoulinRustler Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2006

Dennis Poulin

Another great hike on a good trail. Not much of a view from anywhere along the trail.
Posted Nov 22, 2006 5:43 pm

DeanRustler Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2006

Dean

The Rustler Park campground was closed so we just slept in our vehicles at the day use area and then hiked up via the campground and Long Park route. A very enjoyable hike but the top of the mountain had burned totally off in a fire so it wasn't the greatest summit area. However, the views from along the trail were great and the trail itself, was in great shape. About 11 miles round trip and close to 1800 feet elevation gain from the day use area. My partner was fellow SP'er Dennis Poulin
Posted Nov 19, 2006 8:32 pm

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Mormon Creek Date Climbed: 2005 October 27  Sucess!

Day Hiker

I finally got to summit this one with no snow on the trail. It goes a lot faster in running shoes; I was back in Willcox by 11:00.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 8:42 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Rustler Park Date Climbed: May 23, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Duane and I picked our way from the New Mexico border to Rustler Park in the dark with incomplete (inaccurate) directions "leading the way". A Whip-poor-Will sang off and on all night long, keeping us awake much more than we wished. However, we had a great hike in comfortable temperatures for our second of nine Ultra-prominence summits in nine days.
Posted Jun 4, 2005 12:00 am

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Mormon Creek Date Climbed: 2004 December 03  Sucess!

Day Hiker

It was snowy again, but not as much as 11 months ago. I'll have to come back some time in another season, so I can see what the trail is like near the top without snow on it. I don't think many people hike to the summit of this one in the winter. Above the junction southwest of the peak (N31.84344 W109.29884 elev ~9150ft), I saw absolutely no human prints in the snow, just deer.
Posted Dec 4, 2004 1:59 am

KhanesRoute Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

Khanes

While back in college, my roommate and I got a wild itch to escape the Phoenix summer heat, so we escaped to the Sky Islands of southern AZ. We hiked Chiricahua Peak late in the day, and fell short of the summit. We bivyd on a cliff edge and enjoyed the view. We summited the next day and were fortunate to find a spring of water on the top. We were also fortunate to make it past a small timber rattler on the trail. Probably the best moment of the short trip was waking up in our tent on the second night in a grass field, thinking people were walking around our tent, but to our surprise, more than 5 deer were having dinner around us. When woke in the morning and got out of the tent, it looked as if a lawnmower had raced around our tent and all that was left was just small spikes of grass.
Posted Feb 8, 2004 9:50 pm

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Mormon Creek Date Climbed: 2004 January 02  Sucess!

Day Hiker

There was a small amount of snow at the trailhead, and of course it increased with elevation. About two miles up the trail, there was enough snow to put on crampons, so I did, but above 9000 feet, I was wishing I hadn't left my snowshoes in the car. There was about a foot of soft snow that substantially added to the difficulty in hiking to the summit. It was a beautiful day to hike this mountain, and I'm glad I made the 500-mile drive down here from Nevada.
Posted Jan 3, 2004 8:26 am

surgentRoute Climbed: Mormon Creek Trail & Long Park Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2000 & Nov 8, 2003  Sucess!

surgent

In 2000 I made a one-day turnaround from Phoenix to the range and back in one long 20-hour day, but still had a great hike. In 2003 my wife and I approached the top from the north and had a pleasant half-day outing. The 'parks' (saddles) are beautiful!
Posted Aug 28, 2003 5:55 pm

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