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The Best Hikes of Arizona County High Points

2,093 Triplog Reviews in the Arizona County High Points
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6.9 mi • 1,748 ft aeg
Josephine Saddle
This hike worked out perfectly. I really wasn't sure where we were going to go so I decided to wait until We hit Josephine Saddle. There was no one at the saddle so we took a little lunch break and I decided to head down the Super Trail.

We never saw anyone until the last 1/4 mile. It was a young couple who said they were going to Mount Wrightson. Now, this was just before 1 pm and it was cloudy with thunder. Soon as we made it to the trash cans at the trailhead it started sprinkling. But by the time we made it back to the car, it was raining hard. I'm sure that young couple turned around.
I was really surprised not to see anyone else on the trail.
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. :)

Wildflowers
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
10.25 mi • 3,330 ft aeg
Got an early start on the trail and was sort of crowded for the first few miles. Once we got out of the tree line the crowds thinned substantially. The last mile and a half climb to the top was a slog as the wind and low temperature started to slow us down. Made it to the top and only stayed for 15 minutes or so to take some pictures and then head down. The hike down began to drag out but the weather was perfect so I was ok with it.
16.27 mi • 5,074 ft aeg
Humphreys - Fremont Loop
Couldn't wait the few more weeks for fall and had to have a look for myself at the damage from the summer. Redrew a familiar loop to play within FS rules, avoiding lower Weatherford and Kachina east of the Spur Trail. The whole mountain is still green, except for upper IB, which is just starting to change. Might be back in a week or two; Inner Basin is staying open up from the Waterline junction.

Was hoping for a day of clouds what with the rain and the cool weather we've been having. Forecast called for fog early, and the plan was sealed. Ended up a near-perfect day. Humphreys 151 same as ever. Passed a half dozen groups from saddle and up, and then another half dozen from summit back to saddle. Lots of folks got up for a sunrise summit and missed out on the clouds.

I had upper Weatherford to myself, as well as everything from Humphreys Saddle to Kachina TH for that matter. Lots of traffic on 151 all day long. Low clouds and great visibility. The Ridge from Fremont Saddle was untouched. Clouds built around the summit as I climbed.

Fremont is the summit with the best view of the damage. From there it appeared that Doyle, Schultz Ridge, Fremont's E ridge to Doyle Saddle were burned entirely. The fire did an astonishingly thorough job. Weatherford Canyon below Doyle Saddle, and it's hard to say for sure, was burned about 95% through. The bottom near Schultz Tank seemed to be okay, but everything in between looked like Doyle's slopes apart from a patch or two. Schultz Peak looked similarly, with only a few areas spared.

After an hour, I headed down the SE ridge toward Kachina. That was burned except the highest reaches. In order to avoid the closure, I stuck to the S ridge which was rather clear and stable but very steep. Dense forest and good aspen stands lower down. Emptied into a meadow above Kachina and for the first time since the 2020 Snowbowl closure had that trail to myself.

Foliage
Just starting in upper IB
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.

Wildflowers
Lots of flowers from the monsoon rains.
10 mi • 2,484 ft aeg
My brother Ryan came up to Prescott for the day so we headed into the Bradshaws. We parked at Knapp Gulch on Walker Road and then set off on foot for Potato Patch and Mount Union trail. Warm and crazy humid, lots of grass, wildflowers, and running water in the creeks as we climbed trail #285 to the headwaters of the Hassayampa.

Found the trail blocked by brush and re-routed near the top of Mount Union, which now turns south to approach the summit from the east. Noticeable burn damage along the south slopes of Union from the Crook Fire, but gambel oaks are already 3 feet high in some of those areas. Took a nice long lunch break in the shade on the summit before the second half.

From the summit we continued east on Yankee Doodle Trail #284, which had been re-routed onto a now-burned ridge crest, instead of the old route to the west. I prefer the shadier old route. We descended to Snowdrift Mine Road, then followed it north, with a side trip down to the Snowdrift Mine itself, whose waste dump is covered in some sort of environmental protective sheathing.

After the mine we walked up to the top of hill 7280, where I expected us to be able to hop over the ridge and follow an old road down Knapp Gulch to our starting point. Numerous private property signs and a solid line of houses blocked our return route. I didn’t remember that from my last hike, but that was 10 years ago. We paced the road a bit, looking for a way through, then went through the brush heading west with no luck, just angering someone’s dogs. We went further west and then off-trailed up onto Mount Davis’ northeast ridge. Success, no houses or private property! We then descended a sub-ridge northwest which dropped us down to the Knapp Gulch road. A short walk with much-welcomed shade took us back to Ryan’s car. Had a celebratory Mexican food dinner in Prescott with the family afterward.

Great hike, but I think it would be wise to identify private property in the Bradshaws before planning hikes there, as there are a ridiculous number of homes buried in the forested mountainsides on old mining claims in the Bradshaws. I find it odd to see mostly unoccupied mansions built on top of mine dumps, but I would happily accept one if it was presented to me. :lol:
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