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Greenlee County High Point 9441, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.01 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,331 feet
Elevation Gain 115 feet
Accumulated Gain 155 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 45 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.79
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack No
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6  2016-09-24 Tortoise_Hiker
1  2016-05-29 friendofThunderg
3  2016-05-29 BiFrost
6  2014-07-06 AZ_Step
6  2014-06-01 chumley
4  2014-06-01 friendofThunderg
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 75
Routes 667
Photos 13,172
Trips 1,417 map ( 10,542 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, Aug, Jun, May → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:05am - 6:16pm
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Higher because it's green!
by chumley

Likely In-Season!
This hike is absolutely unnecessary for anybody who isn't trying to gain all 15 Arizona county high points. There is no other reason to hike here.

The high point is located less than 1/4 mile east of the Coronado Trail (US-191) about 1 mile north of the turn for KP Cienega Campground. But parking and hiking access is best from the FR8839 road a quarter mile farther north.

From the junction of unsigned FR8839 and the highway, hike south on the old roadbed. As of 2014, the road was littered with deadfall from the 2011 Wallow Fire. Nonetheless, the road is a better option than off-trail hiking directly toward the peak*.

After about .35 miles on the road, turn right and head straight up the gentle slope. The deadfall will keep you busy, but eventually you break through to an open grassy area and the high-point is indicated by a 2-foot cairn tucked just below some pine trees. The cairn is easily spotted from the south. It is more hidden if looking for it from the north and east.

There is no trail, and the fire damage makes this slightly challenging. Anybody who has been visiting Arizona's County High Points will have absolutely zero problem gaining this one. But it is a bit of an obstacle course through downed trees, which will hopefully improve as the years go by.

*This has been classified as a peak due to it's county high-point status. But at a gain of 115 feet and no views to be seen, it is certainly not what most people would consider to be a peak.

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2014-06-02 chumley
    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.

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    Greenlee County High Point 9441
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    I have a goal of hitting all fifteen county high points in Arizona and this one is on the list. That is truly the only reason to hit this bump a few miles south of Hannagan Meadow.

    After completing our three day backpacking trip on the Bear Mountain Loop we stopped at Hannagan Meadow for some lunch and then drove over to the parking. Karl, FOTG, Blanco & myself headed for the summit while Chumley caught up on social media. The “hike” to this summit is fairly straightforward as you follow an old road for a few minutes and then detour for the summit. The biggest obstacle is lots of deadfall that you have to climb over or around.

    Once up top we signed the register and then returned to the vehicle. Greenlee County High Point is now complete and it’s doubtful I ever return to the summit.
    Greenlee County High Point 9441
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    Lee and I have been talking about this for months! Finally we decided to put the effort in and drive 6 hours each way to bag this unnamed "peak" that doubles as the highpoint of Greenlee County. Wow! What an amazing place. I thought I would have to place a new register, but apparently other people have made this trek before us. Not a lot mind you, but a handful every year. Which makes some sense given the extreme mileage and elevation gain involved! ;)

    Flip flops and a beer were foot and hand attire so it's that kind of trip. Though with all the deadfall, real shoes probably would have been a better option.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Travel on the Coronado Highway to just south of MP 228. This is about 1.25 miles north of the marked turn for KP Cienega Campground, and about 3.5 miles south of Hannagan Meadow. There is a paved pull-out area adjacent to the old forest road indicated as FS8839 on topo maps. There is no sign marking the forest road along the highway. Park here and find your best route up to the high point.
    page created by joebartels on Jun 01 2014 11:48 pm
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