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Jul 26 2019
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Chiricahua Peak Centella Point, AZ 
Chiricahua Peak Centella Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2019
markthurman53
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
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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Jun 12 2009
sumnergeo
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77 male
 Joined Mar 26 2004
 Houston, TX
Crest Trail #270C - Jct Sdl to Sentinel PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Jun 12 2009
sumnergeo
Backpack6.30 Miles 1,100 AEG
Backpack6.30 Miles7 Days         
1,100 ft AEG
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Trail work - June 3-12, 2009, Sierra Club Service Trip

Summary
For trails noted, cleared of all downed logs. Brushing and treadwork accompanied clearing the trails of trees. About 15 miles of trail worked. If last year's estimate of trees per mile holds, we cut out or moved over 200 trees from the trails. Largest tree was 25 inches (green Douglas Fir on Bear Wallow trail).
Work accomplished over seven days with eight to twelve people. Sierra Club Service Trip.

Trails Cleared
Long Park to Fly Saddle
North and South Fly Peak Trails (337)
Crest Trail (270) from northern Wilderness boundary to Junction Saddle
Chiricahua Peak (270A)
Junction Saddle to Chiricahua Saddle (270B); Chiricahua Saddle to Paint Rock (270B); we scouted eleven trees on the trail from Paint Rock to Monte Vista.
Aspen Saddle to Chiricahua Saddle (270D)
Junction to Price Canyon trail junction (270C); many small trees across trail from Price Canyon to South Fork jct.
Anita Spring trail (359)
Booger Springs trail from Round Park (347)
Greenhouse trail (248) to basin overlook from Cima Park and from lower trailhead to Upper Falls Overlook (heard from Portal Hiking Club that there is a tree across the trail above the overlook and the Cima watershed)
Bear Wallow (335). This included extensive clearing and total rework of portions of the trail around the spring south of the spring
Centella Point trail (334) from Fly Saddle out to overlook

Details
June 2 - Arrival of early group of seven in late afternoon at Rustler Park.
June 3 - carried supplies into Cima Cabin from Long Park and cut out one tree from Crest Trail north of Bootlegger Saddle; return via Bear Wallow to check trail conditions on east side of Flys Peak.
June 4 - hike to Cima with supplies and removed logs along Crest from Long Park to Cima Park; cleared blow down northeast of Round Park
June 5 - Anne and Terri to Willcox for groceries. Jody, Jim, Jean, John, Joe, Eb and Fred cleared logs off Flys Peak trails and out to Anita Park on Crest Trail.
June 6 - hike to Cima with produce purchased in Willcox on June 5. Prepare to depart from Rustler Park; rest of members of Service Trip arrive. Say adios to Eb.
June 7 - depart for Cima to set up camp; afternoon doing safety training, cutting log below Cima Cabin, Cleared logs out Crest Trail to Anita Park and Springs (no water in the spring) and out to Aspen Saddle.
June 8 - Continue out the Crest Trail toward Sentinel Peak. Smaller group clears logs off trail to Chiricahua Peak. Cleared trail to Price Canyon junction and beyond. About a mile of uncleared trail remains to South Fork junction.
June 9 - Light rain so five of us walked down Greenhouse trail and took out one log while enjoying the natural conditions. Joe scouted the trails around Chiricahua Peak and in the afternoon, six of us (Fred, Jody, Joe, Jean, John) cleared trail for about ½ mile from Aspen Saddle toward Chiricahua Saddle.
June 10 - Cleared trails from Aspen and Junction Saddles out to Chiricahua Saddle. Lunch, then a smaller group out to Monte Vista but removed trees from trail out to Paint Rock.
June 11 - Returned to Round Park and worked the Bear Wallow trail to the junction with the Centella Trail. Cut out trees, tread work, brushing, and trail reroute south of the spring. Ended at big Douglas Fir.
June 12 - Back to the big fir and with Zac's help, Terri and Jeanie did an underbuck - 25 inches, a tough one. Cleared trees and lopped out Centella Trail with a break on the overlook. Could see to the Florida Mountains south of Deming; fires in the Peloncillos and Animas Ranges. Returned to Flys Saddle with lunch at Tub Springs cut out a number of trees and brushed as we went. Returned tools and gear to Zac's truck at the Long Park Trailhead.
June 13 - Broke camp and hiked out to Rustler Park and se dijimos adios.
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dry Anita Spring Dry Dry
usually running but stagnant in early June; other springs: Bear Wallow, Tub, Eagle, Booger, Kuniper all had some flow; flow in Cima Creek at Cabin

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Sep 19 2008
writelots
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48 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Chiricahua Peak from Rustler Park THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 19 2008
writelots
Backpack12.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
Backpack12.00 Miles2 Days         
1,282 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Started at Rustler Park and took the Crest to Anita Springs to camp. TONS of great wildflowers along the way - particularly some beautiful burgundy salvias. This meant some nice butterflies and lots of humming bird action. Saw lots of bear scat, and I mean lots as in many different ones, and lots as in very large deposits. Had a bear amble through camp late at night before the mood was up, but didn't disturb anything. Hit the peak close to sunset - was disappointed that the peak register was missing. Next day hiked out to Centella Point. The Bear Wallow trail was very difficult to follow and we lost it just before the spring. Found the spring, but not the trail again until we'd bush-whacked up the hill to the Centella Point trail. This one was easy to follow, and the point was again choked with wildflowers and hosted some great views. Even could see Winn falls, which seemed to still have a good bit of water in it. Someone was camped out there - which seemed like a spectacular breakfast spot, though one I wouldn't want when the thunderstorms rolled in... Hiked back through Long Park. Don't recommend that trail - the single track is not terribly interesting compared to the Crest, and the road portion is very "crumbly" with lots of loose rock and uneven footing. Great hike overall, though!

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