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Gibbon Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,842 feet
Elevation Gain 963 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,260 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.7
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Gibbon Mountain
17  2018-03-06 rvcarter
2  2018-02-24
Thimble Peak
93  2016-01-17 AZHiker456
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Tucson Region
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Preferred Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:19am - 5:54pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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I'm Taller!!
by imike

The peak that gets all the recognition towering above the Bear Canyon drainage is the impressive Thimble Peak... yet Gibbon Mountain, across the canyon on the ridge is five hundred feet higher, and is deserving of a visit. Its peak and the surrounding ridge are composed of an interesting assortment of sculpted rock formations that provide endless playtime in minor bouldering. The peak itself is an easy walk up. Probably best combined with a longer approach than the simple access from the old Soldier Camp upper trailhead. It makes for an interesting destination point when added to the lower Soldier Trail. Whichever point you begin your hike, the approach to Gibbon Mountain is ultimately all off-trail, and you will have to choose your own route. I favor heading up the old road leading to Sycamore Reservoir, then instead of cresting the hill and dropping over into the Reservoir drainage, head off trail to the left, winding up and left around towards the small false peaks above you. Once there, traverse around those to the west side, above the very long drainage coming in from the south and west, and then simply enjoy the looping traverse around and up the ridge to the south and east of Gibbon Mountain.

Once on the top of the ridge, the peak provides an impressive overview of the drainages below, and if you take the time to follow the mountain ridge down to the west, you will find yourself overlooking the Seven Falls area. Directly below the peak the dam and drainage for the Sycamore Reservoir are obvious, and you'll note some very interesting potential canyon hiking in that rocky cut. Something for another day?

Review maps for a nice orientation towards this peak... there are many approaches and descent options, but if you drop down too close towards the reservoir you may find the route too overgrown... nicer to approach and descend from the ridge further away from Sycamore Basin.

So, give Thimble Peak's big brother a shot... you'll like it!

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2010-03-29 imike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

     Permit $$
    Visit overview & permits.
    2022 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2022 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Paved - Car Okay

    To Gordon Hirabiyashi Trailhead
    From Tucson take the Catalina Highway up into the mountains. Right around milepost 8 is the signed lefthand turn off for the Gordon Hirabiyashi Campground. Take a left here and drive through the campsites to the end of a smooth gravel road. There is a small roundabout with multiple parking spots for dayhikers.
    page created by imike on Mar 29 2010 6:56 am

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