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Log Peak 6415, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,264 feet
Elevation Gain 1,150 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,180 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.13
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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South Fork plus Log Peak
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 157
Photos 701
Trips 194 map ( 3,317 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:41am - 7:01pm
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🔥 2011 Horseshoe 2 Fire158.9 mi*

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Off-trail hike to a minor summit separating the South Fork of Cave Creek from Log Canyon, providing a rather remarkable view of the surrounding area. This hike involves about 3 miles (one way) of official, numbered trails followed by a quarter-mile-or-so bushwack to the summit.

On some topo maps, this peak is labeled 6415. On others, it is Log Peak. I'm not sure if this is the official name, but I've seen the canyon on the east side referred to as "Log Canyon", and said canyon has Log Spring.

The easiest access to this peak is South Fork Trailhead. It's possible to access this from the south end of Burro Trail via Horseshoe Canyon, but it would be far less convenient. Head up South Fork trail about 2 miles to the junction of Burro Trail. In times of heavy flow, the south fork of Cave Creek may be difficult to cross (you can bypass the first four crossings by staying on the west side of the creek, and the fifth can be avoided by walking across a log).

Burro Trail aggressively climbs out of the South Fork drainage. Stay on Burro Trail for about three-quarters of a mile until you hit the crest of the ridge separating South Fork from Log Canyon.

Once you hit the ridge, leave the trail, heading north. It's a pretty straightforward bushwack. Just head north, and try to avoid the sharp stuff as much as possible. There is a hundred feet or so where you have no choice but to force your way through some thick vegetation but follow the path of least resistance. Along the way, there are some excellent views down into a narrow part of Log Canyon, where, when the water is flowing, you can hear cascades far below.

Once you're at the summit, you'll find some sort of solar-powered data gathering station (couldn't figure out exactly what it was for), and you'll be treated to some incredible views of the South Fork and Log Canyon. You can also see the Chiricahua Crest off in the distance, and looking up the east fork of Log Canyon, there are a lot of the hoodoos that are characteristic of the area.

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    Coronado Forest
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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Tucson, AZ, follow I-10 E to NM80. Follow 80 S to Rodeo, NM, and take Portal Road W to Portal. Follow FR42 south to the South Fork junction (FR42E), and go to the end of the road.
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