Apache Peaks - FR 220

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Route
Location:
Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking, Scrambling
Season:
Spring, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Most of a day
Difficulty:
Easy to moderate
Rock Difficulty:
Class 3

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Apache Peaks - FR 220
Created On: Feb 26, 2008
Last Edited On: Mar 28, 2011

Overview

There are a number of possible ways to the top - the crux being the cliffs that circle the summit plateau. We chose a ridge that went further north but appeared to be pitched more moderately with more breaks in the cliffs.

Getting There

See the main text. Park your car where you feel comfortable.

Route Description

Wherever you park, follow the road to a signed road "junction" see map.

The trick is to get onto this broad ridge on the map to the NNE.

Down low you may have to battle with the brush and deal with some drainages first, but soon you should be able to ascend out of this and onto this ridge. The slope opens up in front of you. It is mostly open, and there always seems to be some opening through the brush, but at times you may have to barge through the brush directly. You are aiming for the obvious cliffs directly above you. We found plenty of ways through the rocks. Beware, the rock itself is rotten, and don't depend on it to bear your weight. Nevertheless, there are a few "stair-step" sections and at worst the exposure may be 10-15 feet. Keep an eye out for cactus and agave plants.

Once on top the plateau, aim for the obvious summit hill. A set of square rock pillars will be visible on the north end of this summit hill. Walk through the trees and rocks toward these pillars. A cleft on the east side of these pillars allows passage up onto the summit ridge itself. From here it's another 5 minute walk to the summit, at the south end of the hill.

Return the same way. A GPS is handy to mark some waypoints, especially where you entered onto the plateau from the cliffs.

From Procopio Spring the round trip hike is about 10 miles with about 3,000 feet of gain.

Essential Gear

Long pants, good shoes, gloves. There are plenty of spiny and thorny plants to get you. The rock slopes are loose, so trekking poles may be useful, too. Bring water.

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Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Feb 5, 2012 11:06 am - Hasn't voted

Full-body Kevlar

Scott,



You may wish to add "full-body Kevlar" to your essential gear list. I think there are spots on my legs still bleeding from the evil brush on the slopes of this peak!!!



Sarah

surgent

surgent - Feb 6, 2012 11:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Full-body Kevlar

I call them hiking tattoos. After a while, all the scars pile up on one another forming a giant layer of thick skin-armor, like a triceratops. If you think Apache Peaks was bad, go try out Mae West Peak....ugh. Still, glad to see people out on those rarely-visited peaks!

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