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The Best Hikes of Coronado 12 Peaks

762 Triplog Reviews in the Coronado 12 Peaks
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10.4 mi • 4,043 ft aeg
Definitely felt like fall for this. Browning continues, and the abundant yellow flowers are finishing up.

Additional heavy rain has wet the mountain again and things which had started to dry out are running with water again.

Copious bear scat all over the upper trail, and on the last bit of the Super Trail a woman was yelling, "go away bear" for at least 10 minutes, while standing in one spot. I never saw the bear, but he is active in the area for sure.

Very quiet with no almost no one else out, and as such it was peaceful. There was some species of hawk screech or serenading me, for the first hour of my hike down off the summit.

The creek continues to flow heavily near the trailhead, and some of last weeks storms were heavy enough that the road was briefly covered with a debris flow.
13.5 mi • 4,227 ft aeg
Second day of our Chiricahua trip. Main goal was to hit the high point of the range, Chiricahua Peak, and add on extras as we had time and energy.
We started with a short bushwhack from camp to the Mormon Ridge trail. As we gained elevation the views opened up and were fantastic.
After a bit we crossed a talus landslide area about a hundred yards wide. There were no cairns or obvious signs of a trail on the other side. Taking the best looking possibility proved to be wrong. An hour later and after half a mile of difficult bushwhacking, we finally found the trail again.
Once we got to the Crest Trail we made our way up to Chiricahua Peak. Views are limited from the top. On the way to Paint Rock, the views back towards the peak are impressive.
It took some route finding to get through Paint Rock, then it was on to Monte Vista Peak. We got rained on by our own little private cloud that followed us all the way from Paint Rock to Monte Vista Peak. We took a break under the porch of the cabin at Monte Vista until the rain slowed.
We decided to skip Johnson Peak on the descent since we were running behind schedule and it was still raining. The descent down Morse Canyon was on nice tread in big forest. Not overgrown like most of what we had been hiking on all day. Great way to end a tremendous hike. :)

Extreme above 8500 feet.
13.5 mi • 4,227 ft aeg
this looked like a solid loop with two peaks, right from sycamore campground
got going around 0800 or so after coffee and breakfast with randy
cut straight up the hill to mormon ridge
nice trail with good views, right up until where we lost the trail crossing an avalanche/rock field
took us a long time to find it again, with plenty of bushwhacking and climbing around on loose rock
"someone" forgot to import the pieces to this loop, which would have been helpful ](*,)
trail found, we continued to the crest trail, then north to the chiricahua peak trail
took a little break on the high point, then retraced our steps to chiricahua saddle
headed for monte vista peak, with another route finding adventure near paint rock
the crest trail was very overgrown and hard to find in places
lots of sharp raspberry bushes and other pointy vegetation
it would have been nice to have shin guards
got a few sprinkles and then some light rain
at the peak, went partway up the tower then took a break under the cabin overhang until it stopped raining
steep descent down turtle mountain and morse canyon trails, finishing with a road walk
enjoyed the loop and fun to do something new
was surprised at how little traffic the trails seem to get - we saw no one all day
my phone died on monte vista peak, so i used @dixieflyer's stats for the remaining mileage
9.6 mi • 1,600 ft aeg
Apple picking and hike in the Pinalenos. Preston and I both picked 30 lbs, and then hiked to High Peak. Really excellent air quality and visibility. 4 Peaks, Ord, Mazatzal Peak, the Mogollon Rim, Nantac Rim, Baldy, and the Mogollon Mts were all clear. The valley looked good, too.

Despite finding several boxes of never planted and long dead seedlings, perhaps hundreds of them, there are some half decent spruce and firs slowly establishing near the top. Maybe in 20 years a return to see the emerging forest. There are a few douglas firs mixing in naturally, and even a ponderosa. It was a little chilly and windy, but I think it was better than the Canyon wind forecast.
13.08 mi • 4,057 ft aeg
linda suggested one of my favorite sky island hikes
good weather window for it
got going around 0630
took the super trail all the way up
i hadn't gone up the part above josephine saddle
very windy at baldy saddle
we took a short break in a low spot nearby
thought the part above baldy saddle would be windy, but it wasn't bad at all until the summit
another short break and returned via old baldy
lots of wildflowers on the upper part
cool clouds zooming by just above the peak
saw just a few people until heading down, then traffic picked up
madera canyon was packed on the drive out
nice hiking with linda again - thanks!
13.08 mi • 4,057 ft aeg
Got a fairly early start due to leaving Ahwatukee at 0430. Headed up Super Trail with plenty of shade. Nice to see flowing water. Mostly sheltered from the wind. Saw several people hiking downhill, I’m thinking they were mostly birdwatching.

After debating for a few minutes, Kelly and I opted to stay on Super Trail all the way up to Baldy Saddle. The moderate grade is pleasant for the long uphill. One short section of overgrown brush on the east side of Wrightson, but not too scratchy. Very windy at Baldy Saddle, where we took a short break before continuing up to the saddle. The wind at the saddle was strong for only a few minutes, then died down before becoming breezy at the summit. Warm temps though, it was not cold, even with the breeze. Nobody else at the summit, which was nice.

After another break at the summit, we made a beeline down Old Baldy trail all the way back to the trailhead. Rather warm at the finish. Saw quite a few hikers on our way downhill. Always great to hike with Kelly, and a nice day on Wrightson.

Lots of flowers from the monsoon rains.
10.4 mi • 4,043 ft aeg
Not a typical day on the mountain. Overcast to start and 40+ MPH winds to greet us at the Baldy Saddle that stuck with us all the way to the summit and back. Hiking in a cloud, so we could see about 50 feet in any direction from the top.

Other than that fairly uneventful. Bumped into another friend out on the trail that had just spooked a bear near Baldy Saddle. Didn't know who they were, but found out later that we passed by a couple from Green Valley that was doing their 602nd trip to Mt Wrightson.
10.4 mi • 4,043 ft aeg
Hiked this classic workout hike with Jim and James. Probably my fastest time of all today. There wasn't any water flowing out of the pipe at Bellows Spring, but I was able to filter some water out of the stream directly below the trail. It was very windy at Baldy saddle, at the peak, and for the upper 0.5 miles of trail. We thought it felt like high 40s or low 50s at the top. We didn't stay on the peak for very long because of the wind. We saw a small rattlesnake 5 feet off the side of the trail coming down probably about 15 minutes from Josephine saddle. It was sliding back to a hole that was about 6 to 8 feet away from the trail. We saw at least 15-20 other hikers all day. It was busier because it was a weekend.
11.83 mi • 4,630 ft aeg
My first time going up Miller Canyon trail. Quite the steep one. The gentle gain on the Crest Trail was a relief in comparison. Sunny and warm, but still a decent amount of ice/mud in the Crest Trail in places (which I'm sure was doubled by the storm a few days later).

I met a trio of women who were hiking the AZT (or at least a big chunk). One went up Miller Peak while the other two kept going. I know some people hike that way, but I've always found it odd to separate by big distances during the day. And the two who didn't head up to the peak missed out.
5 mi • 1,730 ft aeg
Road is in fair condition as it is often very washboard. Trail is good if slightly overgrown from last year abundant summer growth. Don't ever wear shorts unless you want a lot of scratches.
Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw ...
Salida Gulch Trail #95 - Bradshaw Mountains - Prescott Arizona
Fantastic views all the way up.
Took my 16 year old grandaughter up @New years. This day it was the Tubac Social Climbers. Remember that most of the hike is in the full southeast sun and is warmer than expected. Not much shade. Best for a calm day as wind at the top is unpleasant.

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