Ascent of Chiricahua Peak on 2012-06-16

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chiricahua Peak
    Elevation:9759 ft / 2974 m

Ascent Trip Report

The approach road, while dirt, is completely suitable for standard passenger cars. While the Sycamore campground is easy to find, the trailhead is not marked. The trail starts from one of the eastern-most campsites at the campground and heads to the north side of the creek.

The Mormon Canyon trail appears to have suffered a fair amount of damage from the fire in 2011. While some work has been done (including setting up some very large cairns), I was still able to loose the trail a couple times on my ascent. Fortunately, regaining it was never too difficult. Once above the junction with the Mormon Ridge trail is where the "trail" involves some bushwhacking as well as avoiding dead tree trunks. Still, at least following it was not too difficult up there.

I'm guessing the old register and housing burnt with the fire, as all I saw was one sheet of paper in a ziplock bag. I contributed a better register and jar. Alas, there were still too many trees at the top for a good summit view, but one can walk a little off the summit in various directions to get better views.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3519 ft / 1073 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Mormon Canyon
    Trailhead:Sycamore Campground  6240 ft / 1901 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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