Parked at Rustler Park, walked the road to Long Park and then took the Crest Trail to the top. There were some nice views along the way but the summit itself is a dud. I saw about a dozen whitetail deer and 6 turkeys during my hike. Good times!
I hiked this one on the way to New Mexico. It has a nice trail.
Tagging an ultra on the first day of a short desert peak-bagging trip. The area has burned in the last 5-10 years, obscuring the trails. Trip report.
I tried and failed to get a 2wd Nissan Exterra up the Long Park road- plenty of clearance but not enough traction on the steep and rocky section. I ended up having to back down the road which was a little stressful. I parked at Rustler Park and hiked up the Jeep trail to Long Park before merging with the main trail. This route is quite a bit shorter than advertised (and shorter than the signs indicate). I would guess its about 9 miles round trip. The summit is pretty underwhelming- no views.
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.
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.
A great hike with Nick and Allen through beautiful mountaintops to the highpoint of the Chiricahua Mountains. Plenty of golden aspens, too.
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.
Great Day for a hike.
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
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.
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.
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.
Great views of Cochise county along the hike. Couldn't see a lot from the summit, but it was cloudy by then and snowing
Maany years ago I enjoyed a great Christmas camped out underneath this mountain. It ended up snowing like crazy.
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!
Another great hike on a good trail. Not much of a view from anywhere along the trail.
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.
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.
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.