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Chiricahua Peak Centella Point, AZ
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Chiricahua Peak Centella Point, AZ 
Chiricahua Peak Centella Point, AZ
 
Hiking12.22 Miles 1,732 AEG
Hiking12.22 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.58 mph
1,732 ft AEG      33 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
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Chiricahua Peak was my destination for the second day of hiking with a side trip to Centilla Point. I had breakfast down in Portal so I didn't get to the Trail Head until 9:00. I still had plenty of time to get the 12.5 miles in and drive back to Tucson. Today will be a continuation of the Crest Trail to the high point in the Chiricahua Mountains, Chiricahua Peak at 9759 feet. Today the clouds were building up but I anticipated that like yesterday they would drift off to the Northwest. I Made it to the Peak by 11:00 and just as I got there and took my pack off it started to rain and hail and lightning. Not wanting to hang out on the highest point around during a lightning storm I abandon the break and headed down the peak. Instead of going down the way I came I thought I would go down the other side and meet the Crest Trail. There is supposedly a trail here but I only saw vague remnants of what looked like might be a trail. It was only .4 miles and the bush wacking was fairly easy. On my way up I ran into a black bear and its cub but it took off before I could get a photo, I thought by going down the other side of the hill I might run across them again but I didn't. Once back on the Crest Trail I broke out my poncho, I was already pretty wet but was concerned about my camera. The rain would continue on and off through early afternoon but nothing torrential and luckily most lightning was not air to ground. I do love lightning storms at 10,000 feet. I was able to finish up all the routes I intended to and the cloud cover/rain kept it cool and a bit muggy. I pretty much finished all the trails on the top of the mountain but there are quite a few that start lower down and head up to the crest. I will wait til Fall, winter or spring to do these. My list of trails to do keeps getting Larger not shorter. Looks like Pinaleno and Chiricahua Mountains in fall and spring and Superstitions in the winter.

The trails on this hike were in pretty good shape with the exception of the Bear Wallow Trail, it was a bit faint but once again with a careful watch, easy to follow. Tub Spring on the north side of Flys Peak was running. Didn't check Booger Spring or Anita Spring. Great views from all along the trail but if it is wide long views across the valleys below don't come during monsoon the humidity limits the distance you can see. Monsoon Season is a good time to see Rain storms passing over the valleys below or on nearby peaks and canyons. Raspberries were plentiful and strawberry plants were all around but no strawberries yet.
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