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Clifton Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,467 feet
Elevation Gain 1,113 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Peak
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Overview: "Volcano's Vengeance" 4582 foot Clifton Peak rises sharply above Clifton, Arizona. Guarded by cliffs and steep slopes covered in loose talus, this old volcano affords a fantastic view of the surrounding area. There is no trail but the best routes to the peak are likely via the northwest ridge or heading up to the saddle just east of the peak. The last couple of hundred feet of climbing to the rocky summit requires some scrambling on steep rock outcrops, but it doesn't appear technical. Plan on 2+ hours for a round trip hike. Avoid this shadeless peak in summer.

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    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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    Having oriented myself with the terrain of the peak last month, I decided on the northwest ridge route. Up I went on steep slopes covered in loose rock and thorny mesquite. Made the summit in 35 minutes, where I admired the view for a bit. Did not find a register, but did discover two grinding holes and some pottery sherds. Made my descent the same way, weaving among the sharp fins of dark volcanic rock near the summit, getting destroyed by catclaw, and fighting gravity on the loose rock slopes. I'll sum up Clifton Peak by saying it's short, brutal, but exciting.
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    After staring up at this rugged peak every week and hearing stories of what a great tough hike it is from the locals, I decided to scout out a possible route to the summit on my lunch break. I went east from the parking area, trudged up the north slope to a saddle just east of the peak, then contoured across loose rock on the steep south slope, just below the summit. Along the way, I found some pottery sherds and broken metates on a tiny flat high on the peak. Realizing I wouldn't have time to summit today, and needing to get back to work quickly, I decided to take the northwest ridge back as a shortcut. Crossing the steep southwestern face of the peak was a bit nerve wracking, as I kicked tiny footholds into a rotten and very slick rock slope just above a cliff. Nuts! How did I get myself into this mess? :scared: Thankfully it was soon over, and I was able to descend the northwest ridge without any issues. You beat me today mountain, but I'll be back. : rambo : A fun and challenging little peak, for sure.

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    To hike
    From Safford, head east on Highway 70/191. 10 miles from Safford, the highway splits, turn left onto Highway 191 and follow it for another 23.75 miles to a highway junction known as 3-Way (old drive-in movie theater and store). Turn left to remain on Highway 191. From the 3-Way junction, head north on highway 191 for approximately 9.4 miles to milepost 163.9, in the town of Clifton (this point is just after crossing the 2nd railroad track and before the Circle K store). At milepost 163.9, turn right onto Zorilla Street, then make an immediate left onto Frisco Avenue. Frisco Avenue crosses a bridge over the San Francisco River at 0.55 miles, and becomes the San Francisco River Road (unsigned). Follow the San Francisco River Road 0.3 miles past the bridge to a large pulloff/parking area on the left, where the road bends right (0.8 miles from highway 191). Park and head southwest up the broad ridge toward Clifton Peak.
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