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Blue Greenlee, AZ
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Blue Greenlee, AZ 
Blue Greenlee, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking4.10 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I was on my way to Colorado, and on the way I decided to swing by Alpine and bag Blue Peak and the Greenlee County Highpoint.

Blue Peak was the only remaining peak for me of the 20 peaks in the Arizona 20-20 challenge. Greenlee County now gives me highpoints in 13 of Arizona's 15 counties.

I did Blue Peak first. The road in was a bit rough and rocky in places. 4WD wasn't needed, but a little clearance wouldn't hurt. You'd want to go slow over some of the rocky areas if you didn't have a decent off-road tire.

It looked like there had been some recent maintenance and deadfall removal on the McKittrick Trail, so it was an easy hike. The spur trail up to the summit was in fine shape also. The lower rung of stairs was missing on the stairs up to the lookout tower, which would make it a challenge to climb up; but you could probably get up there if you REALLY wanted to.

There were some nice views to be had on this short hike, and I'd like to get out there and explore the area some more (this was my first trip to the Blue Primitive area).

On the way back I stopped at a paved parking pullout next to FR8839. All the hard work and training that I have been doing over the last few months paid off and I was able to make the grueling ascent of the Greenlee Highpoint on my very first try! Actually I am only kidding as this short hike is something most anybody can do if they don't mind an off-trail walk.

I started off on the old roadbed, which was pretty clear for a ways, but after short time I got out of the roadbed and headed up to the highpoint. There are a few fallen trees to contend with, as well as some vegetation -- mostly ferns. Views aren't much there, but it was nice to join the Greenlee Highpoint Club!

The stats above are the sum of the two hikes, which are:

Blue Peak: 3.0 miles with an AEG of 569 feet
Greenlee Hi-Pt: 1.1 miles with an AEG of 131 feet
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Blue Fire Lookout Blue Peak
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