Ascent of Apache Peak on 2018-04-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, April 6, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7711 ft / 2350 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA special thanks to Dean Gaudet for his very helpful route information. I can corroborate the other recent trip reports that the roads have been bladed making access significantly easier.
Dean’s track and the summitpost directions match until his gate 4 waypoint. The road up to this point is in great condition, and I could do much of it at 40 mph. For the approach I decided to continue on his track to the “trailhead” via Apache Springs. The summitpost directions instead take a right onto a less frequently traveled road that goes up Wood Canyon and eventually reaches a water tank at a T intersection. From the water tank, a left turn goes to a junction with the road from Apache Springs (point 4762). Although it is longer, the route in Dean’s track via Apache Springs is a much better road. I took the summitpost route out and regretted it. Both have been bladed, and the overall roadbeds are similar. However, there were 3 obstacles that gave me pause on the Wood Canyon route. I drive a Subaru Forester and simply didn’t have enough clearance. There was also one section where I was worried I could roll my car. The Apache Springs road was just bumpy and rocky. The road past point 4762 was a bit rockier, but still very manageable. I could have easily driven all the way to the end of the road. However, I got tired of staring into the rising sun (I drove out early in the morning), and just walked last mile or so. By far the worst sections of road I encountered were between the water tank and point 4762. This of course may change after the monsoon, since the road will get cut in a few places.
From the end of the road there is a use trail all the way up to a saddle on the ridge. The start is even cairned now, and once on it the trail is very easy to follow. Thank you Dean for clipping some of the brush. From the saddle it is just a continuous climb up the ridge to the summit. There are lots of game/cow paths making the going relatively easy. There is a fence that runs on top of the ridge pretty much the whole way, so it is useful as a guide. Most thickets can be navigated around simply by looking left or right. There is a small cliff that I climbed, but it can easily be bypassed on either side.
The summit is special. It’s a small stone pile with clear views in all directions. From that vantage point, it’s possible to see 6 different P4k’s. I was disappointed to not find a register on the summit, since this is a peak that definitely deserves to have one.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2998 ft / 912 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2998 ft / 912 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.6 mi / 12.2 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2857 ft / 870 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2716 ft / 828 m; Extra: 141 ft / 42m|
| Loss on way in:||141 ft / 42 m|
| Distance:||3.7 mi / 6 km|
| Route:||West Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Apache Canyon Road 4995 ft / 1522 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 44 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2857 ft / 870 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2716 ft / 828 m; Extra: 141 ft / 42m|
| Gain on way out:||141 ft / 42 m|
| Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.3 km|
| Route:||West Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Apache Canyon Road 4995 ft / 1522 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 40 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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