Ascent of Apache Peaks on 2017-03-26

Climber: Paul McClellan

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Michael Berry
Adam Humphreys
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Apache Peaks
    Elevation:6940 ft / 2115 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Directions to Apache Peaks
About 4.8 miles north on AZ 188 from the junction with US 60:
0.0 Turn East on Wheatfields Road.
1.8 Turn Right onto Hicks Road.
2.0 CS at junction.
4.1 Turn Right to white gate. Sign in.
4.3 BL at Y junction.
4.5 Road is signed 219.
5.9 Cross a cattle guard.
6.0 Turn Right onto Road 220.
7.8 CS and pass Road 1124 on the left. Road 220 is signed here as 219!
9.0 Turn Right before a corral.
9.1 Pass through a gate.
10.0 Cross a cattle guard.
10.2 Parking available on the right. The road narrows here.
11.5 Sign: ^ Richmond Basin (220) 1 3/4, <- Road Ends (220A) 1
Parking on the left at the junction (5200 ft).

We took a direct approach, climbing a steep ridge to the east and finding a trail leading through cliffs to reach the upper plateau. From here the forest was mostly open to the summit ridge. Followed the summit ridge south through some brush to reach the summit. We tried an alternative and less steep route down the face further north, but I think the ascent route would have been better.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1750 ft / 533 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1750 ft / 533 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1750 ft / 533 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:West Face
    Start Trailhead:Cherry Spring  5190 ft / 1581 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1750 ft / 533 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:West Face
    End Trailhead:Cherry Spring  5190 ft / 1581 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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