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Silver Peak

Silver Peak

Silver Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 31.90400°N / 109.197°W

Object Title: Silver Peak

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

Elevation: 8008 ft / 2441 m


Page By: streeyyr, surgent

Created/Edited: Jun 9, 2006 / Mar 15, 2007

Object ID: 199313

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Page Score: 75.24%  - 6 Votes 

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Silver Peak is located in the Chiricahua Mountains. This somewhat unknown mountain towers over the eastern slopes of the Chiricahuas in the southeast corner of the state. The magnificent Cave Creek Canyon, a hidden gem known for its impressive rock formations, is located at the base of Silver Peak. This canyon is sometimes referred to as the “Yosemite of the Southwest”. Silver Peak is located in the Coronado National Forest.

Silver Peak lives a quiet existence in the shadow of its higher and more famous neighbor, the ultra-prominent Chiricahua Peak. It is difficult to identify Silver Peak from a distance as it seems to blend in with the surrounding mountains. It’s not until you get up close that Silver Peak begins to reveal its distinct identity. Silver Peak is often confused with the nearby Portal Peak. Silver Peak used to have a fire lookout atop its summit, but it burned down in 1992 and has not been rebuilt. Silver Peak is one of only two mountains in the Chiricahuas that exceed the 2,000’ prominence threshold, and is just big enough to make an appearance on the Arizona Prominence Map.

Getting There

From Road Forks on Interstate 10 west of Lordsburg, take US Highway 80 south for about 28 miles. Turn right on Portal Road, and drive seven miles to Portal. Continue west another mile or so on Forest Road 42 to the Cave Creek Visitor Information Center. The Silver Peak trailhead is located at a pullout about a ½-mile past the visitor center. The road is paved all the way. The trailhead elevation here is 4,960’.

Mountain Conditions

Contact the Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District. Their number is 520-364-3468.

Topo Map: Portal.
Forest Map: Coronado National Forest (Chiricahua, Peloncillo, and Dragoon Mountain Ranges)


There are several small Forest Service campgrounds in Cave Creek Canyon.

External Links

Cave Creek Canyon

Silver Peak Trail

Arizona Prominence Map

Southwest Research Station

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surgentMinor details on the trail


Voted 10/10

Some guidebooks (and the topo map) suggest the trail leaves from directly across Idlewilde CG. There is a trailhead sign directly across the road, but it's for a nature path. The topo map seems to have the Ranger station, TH and Idlewilde CG too close together - they're all separated by a bit more than 0.5 mile in reality.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 10:11 am

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