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May 10 2017
AZHiker456
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38 female
 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Rose Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2017
AZHiker456
Hiking2.42 Miles 558 AEG
Hiking2.42 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.05 mph
558 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Day 6 (Hike 2) – Gila Trip Gone Wrong
Before heading back to Elgin, I squeezed in one final hike to Rose Peak & the Rose Peak Lookout. Although I reached the summit in just over 1/2 mile, the 500’+ gain made it a great little workout. And to top it off, the views were absolutely beautiful. There were some clouds rolling by as I was making my ascent, but shortly after reaching the summit they had cleared, allowing me to experience the sensational views. Unlike the previous two lookouts [atop Blue Peak & Escudilla Peak], the Rose Peak lookout is very nice and not run down / desolate. There is a nice survey maker on the South end of the peak, [which, according to the topos, is 10’ lower than the North end with the lookout]. I also saw a glass jar nestled among the rocks that might have been a register at one time, but it had no lid and there was no paper/logbook to be found. For my return, I took the dirt road since it would give me some extra mileage. The views were actually much better than those along the ascent, which were largely blocked by the tree cover.

Although my big plans for hiking in the Gilas got totally crashed, I still had an amazing trip and managed to cross off some big bucket-listers that were not on the original itinerary; the final one being the scenic drive from Alpine to Three Way along Hwy 191. The mountainous areas were very beautiful as expected; but a really neat surprise that I wasn’t anticipating was the mining area in Morenci. Hwy 191 literally goes right through this area, which makes the large mine in Green Valley seem peanut-sized by comparison. Clifton was also a neat little town to drive through.
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Jun 16 2016
friendofThunde
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Rose Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking1.57 Miles 567 AEG
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567 ft AEG
 
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I made yet another pilgrimage to the Blue Range over this last week and weekend. I car camped Wednesday night at the Strayhorse Canyon Trail #20 trailhead, not to be confused with the Strayhorse Campground, which is about 17 miles further north up 191, someone may not have realized this until the day of. Anyways, Rose Peak shares a trailhead with Strayhorse Canyon, so naturally I slated the peak in for either a quick pre-backpack hike, or a post-backpack hike.

I decided I would hit the peak before I stepped off for a rather ambitious overnight trip down to Lardon Springs. However, I quickly turned the 30 minute detour into a time wasting endeavor, as I started down the road to the peak, before realizing there was an actual trail. After realizing where the trail was, I just shot an azimuth to it and made the steep climb. This is the reason for the inflated stats and high AEG. I edited the route that should be official and attached it to this trip log. The road is an option to the peak, however, its about a half mile longer than the trail. The peak was nice and for the most part the positive reviews I read about the nice views proved to be true. However, they may have been better if I had not arrived before the fire watch was out of bed and had a chance to climb the tower.

A worthy little hike if ever sight seeing along the 191 and looking to stretch the legs.
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Aug 29 2015
sbkelley
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35 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Rose Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2015
sbkelley
Hiking2.20 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      45 Mns   2.93 mph
590 ft AEG
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Hike #2 of the day was definitely the easiest. We parked at a nice little picnic area just off of the Coronado Trail. Tanya decided to nap while I tangled with Rose Peak, so I rolled solo for this one.

Short, very easy. Just followed the rarely used old fire road to the top. It started in the nice, shady forest, but wrapped around to the east and then south side of the peak, blasting sunlight on me for the remainder of the hike. Topped out at 8,700'+, so the sun didn't feel as terrible as expected. It looks as if it's been awhile since anyone drove this road. Tall grasses and weeds told a story of an active monsoon season here.

Got to the top and it was empty, quiet, and looked like it had been that way for awhile. Cobwebs covered many of the door handles on the cabin and bathrooms up top. Quite the panoramic view from the top of the first set of stairs on the lookout tower (didn't go up or try to go any higher). Looked back up towards the rim and towards Blue Peak, objective #3 for the day. Saw a massive black thunderhead bearing down on me that I couldn't see while I was on the south side of the peak, so that put a charge in my step heading back. Tanya's nap was unsuccessful, but Rincon found a deer carcass near the picnic tables. There may have been a relationship between those two events.
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Jun 03 2012
cindyl
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 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Rose Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2012
cindyl
Hiking1.00 Miles 360 AEG
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360 ft AEG
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i was much later than i had hoped for this stop (i got waylayed in greer to see a friend, then found i had a flat tire, and i also discovered that i had left my pack and my poles at the trailhead at escudilla, requiring another little jaunt out that dippy road). regardless, when i finally arrived at the rose peak trailhead, i took a couple of beers up to the lookout, zeyn, in hopes of catching the sunset from the lookout tower. i had wondered how the area was after the fire, and the area around rose peak is still quite lush.

zeyn told me how he had been the first to report the whitewater fire in the gila. apparently when he reported it, it took a while for the guys out in the gila to register that this was a new fire, and not part of the baldy fire. of course now they've merged and become the giant that it is today (6/6/2012) at 259,025 acres. in the right wind conditions, the gila is fairly clear from rose peak, but today, it was so hazy that i could barely make out the smoke plumes.

as for the lookout tower itself, they have remodeled since i was here last. it's an aermotor mc-24, 12x12 cab, so it's really quite spacious. two years ago when i visited, it seemed to have a lot of wasted space because the living quarters were still in a cabin down below. now it is now a live-in tower.

(end trip report, begin driving home saga)

i made it down to the jeep while it was still just a little bit of light, and drove on my way down the scenic (well, at least during the day) coronado trail towards clifton, morenci, and safford. after i had passed three-way, i was going up a bit of a grade and the jeep started rattling something fierce so i thought i had a flat tire. i pulled over and checked, and all the tires were intact. i merged back into traffic and i heard a loud "boom!" again, i pulled over, and checked under the vehicle, where i saw the yoke hanging down. :o apparently the u-joint had given up just about 30 miles outside of safford. :stretch: lucky for me! i was able to call aaa and get a tow and a cheap hotel room in safford. the next morning i found out that nothing else major was damaged, and the cost for the u-joint and labor was fairly small. i lost a day of work, but things could've been much worse, especially if the part would've decided to go about 50 miles sooner where there was no shoulder to pull over, and no cell phone reception.

all's well that ends well, but note to self (and others): only drive scenic highways when you can enjoy the scenery and there might be other people on the road. :M2C:
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Jun 28 2010
rwstorm
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Coronado Trail, AZ 
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Heading back home from some New Mexico chaos, I decided to drive down this Arizona classic (US 191 from Alpine to Clifton). This truly is one of the great roads in the state. It is a bit tedious in places, but the scenery is top shelf. If you are not in a hurry this drive is just plain fun! With fires burning in the area, and early monsoon storm action cranking up, I couldn't resist. :y: Along the way I did a quick hike up to the fire lookout at Rose Peak, which I had never been to. Well worth it, easy, and great views. Continued on down to the big pit at Morenci, which was fun driving through in the rain and dust. Storms, wind, and dust kept me company all the way to Willcox. A fine day indeed. :D
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Jun 27 2010
cindyl
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rose Peak TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2010
cindyl
Hiking1.50 Miles 360 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      40 Mns   2.25 mph
360 ft AEG
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This is a not-so-hidden gem! You'll see the lookout structure as you come up to Rose Peak, right next to the Coronado Trail (US 191 south of Hannagan Meadow). With just a half-mile hike, just off the road, why not?

Zeyn, the lookout, said I was the fourth person up this season. Why is this not more popular? I had talked to Zeyn for over an hour when I finally noticed the time - I needed to get back home eventually, and I knew it was two hours to Safford from here. I reluctantly told Zeyn I had to go - and I made my way back home.

I hiked the trail up (.5 to .7 miles, depending on who you listen to) and the road back (1 mile).

The lookout here will only be manned until July 8 - so get there while you can. Or try again next year - I know I will...

Oh, I should mention - this is a fairly new 14x14 cab. Big enough to be a live-in, but since the one it replaced had the living quarters down below, this structure was not equipped to be a live-in.
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