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Apache Peak 6430 - Catalinas, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,009 feet
Elevation Gain 1,440 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,566 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.43
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
unreported if dogs are allowed
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14  2022-08-17 Mike_W
author avatar Guides 44
Routes 66
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Trips 214 map ( 1,190 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct → 9 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  6:45am - 6:24pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 2002 Oracle Hill16.3 mi*
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the other Apache Peak
by Mike_W

 Likely In-Season!
Not to be confused with the more popular and higher Apache Peak in the Whetstones, this is a not-so-popular peak on Oracle ridge in the Catalinas that involves an optional 4x4 road hike, a 1-mile section of Arizona Trail - Passage #12, and a 1/2 mile bushwhack that's a bit challenging, especially during monsoon season!

From where I parked, I walked the 4x4 road going West about 3/4 mile. From the first junction in the road make a right. At the second junction make a left. At the third junction, basically stay straight. Eventually, you will see an entrance to the Arizona Trail with a parking area. If you have a capable 4x4 / high clearance vehicle you should be able to drive to this trailhead without a problem.

The trail basically goes up the ridge toward Apache Peak and hangs to the right of Apache Peak. The Arizona Trail is normally well maintained but when I hiked it in mid-August (not recommended) the grass was tall and thick. It was still fairly easy to follow in most places. Take the Arizona Trail up for about 1 mile. Then you will start your bushwhack to the top of Apache Peak. The bushwhack is steep and thick in some areas. You will need to weave through the brush. I found myself crossing the ridgeline many times because of the brush. You will see a few false summits on your way up. I finally made it to the peak where I could see some nice views all around. There were a few shaded oak trees at the top. On the way down, keep bushwhacking until you reach the Arizona Trail, then make a right and follow it back down to the bottom.

There are normally no water sources on this trail, but when I hiked it in mid-August I was caught in a monsoon storm after my bushwhack down and about 10 minutes after I reached the Arizona Trail. I found water running right down the Arizona Trail and at times I was walking in 6 inches of water. All in all, it was refreshing, but I would have preferred a less intense rain.

I found some large rocks that were unstable on some of the upper parts of the bushwhack. The peak had some uneven surfaces with some rock that was not stable. When grass is tall and thick, it can be impossible to see what you're walking on.

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2022-08-18 Mike_W
    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 $$

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

    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From the town of Oracle, take American Ave. to Mt Lemmon Highway. Follow Mt Lemmon Highway 4.9 miles to Campo Bonito Road. Turn right and take Campo Bonito road 2.8 miles to the Arizona Trail trailhead if you have a capable vehicle. Of you can take the road 2 miles, park, and walk from there, which is what I did.
    page created by Mike_W on Aug 18 2022 2:22 pm

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