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Jun 25 2019
stacyboyd
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 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Peak 9355Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2019
stacyboyd
Hiking8.12 Miles 970 AEG
Hiking8.12 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.26 mph
970 ft AEG
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Well, I don't think they really want people doing this hike lol. I had just finished Escudilla in the morning and thought that Blue (at reported 3 miles rt) would be doable in the afternoon. I am on my quest for the 20 highest peaks in AZ. It was about an hour drive to the forest road (I think it was 184). I have a high clearance vehicle, but this road was not well maintained. I drove about 1.5 miles in and decided to pull off and park. So, then I hike the 2.5 miles to the trailhead. This part was pretty easy (and prob faster than me driving haha). The trailhead was well marked at the end of the road along with a register. The trail itself is 1.5 miles each way, gradual climbing to the summit. I did not have any problem with ever losing the trail even though it is not maintained (at all). Lots of fallen trees to climb over, around and under. The problem is the trail is very narrow, so not a lot of options. The trail also has very overgrown rasberry bushes, which, unfortunately, were not in season during my trip. I read the other reviews, so I was prepared and had long pants (because these things have thorns), which was very helpful. I would guess that at least 50% of the trail was covered in the bushes. At the top, the abandoned tower is there and the bottom section of stair planks have been removed, but it is still climbable :) . Beautiful views from the top and crisp, clean air. Probably a one and done hike for me though.
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May 10 2017
AZHiker456
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Blue Peak/LO & Indian Peak & Raspberry Peak, AZ 
Blue Peak/LO & Indian Peak & Raspberry Peak, AZ
 
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AZHiker456
Hiking9.44 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking9.44 Miles   6 Hrs   44 Mns   1.62 mph
3,181 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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Day 6 (Hike 1) – Gila Trip Gone Wrong
…Nature called at about 2 AM, (which is never a pleasant thing in 20-30 degree temps… :doh: ), but on this particularly occasion, it proved to be a saving grace. I attempted to answer the call but got whacked in the face with a pile of snow that had flown off the door upon opening it; and I gazed in horror at the Winter Wonderland outside and what appeared to be a good 6-8” of snow. To make matters worse, the snow was still falling fast and furious. Without hesitation, I grabbed my keys threw my belongings off the front see, and proceeded to get the hell out of Dodge.

In the beginning, there were spots where the Forester had started to go into a slide; and although I was able to get control pretty easily, my heart was definitely skipping beats… while not a ‘white knuckle’ road under normal conditions, there were a few spots that came *frightfully close to an embankment, [*given the way I was sliding around in the beginning]. Luckily, my decade plus experience of driving in snowy/icy weather in Connecticut came back to me pretty quickly and, [after about 1/2 to 1 mile of slip ‘n’ slide], I luckily mastered the technique of how to ‘throw’ the steering wheel before going into a slide in order to keep the vehicle straight. For most of the way, there was a good 4-6 inches of snow; while the bad spots had upwards of 8” and the good spots had about 2” or less. While it wasn’t exactly pleasant making an ‘emergency exit’ at 2 AM, I managed to make the drive out in just 10 minutes [vs. the 20+ minutes that it had taken me to drive in]… it’s just amazing what a few extra inches of ground clearance can do! :D

Hwy 191 was in much better shape; however, the Southbound side [my side] was the one on the edge of the huge drop off. Given the conditions, I didn’t hesitate to take up both lanes; and in the unlikely event someone were driving up the road at that hour, I’d be able to see the headlights and move over. I arrived at Strayhorse a little before 2 AM and had the entire West side of the campground area to myself.

The next morning I intended to launch from the Raspberry Creek Trail #35 but ended up on a side road that dead-ended. Rather than backtrack, I followed animal routes and eventually connected with the trail a little further down. Upon launching, the skies were clear overhead but I could already see clouds building up in the distance; and very shortly after I departed from the trail [to make the 1,500’+ elevator ride ascent up a South ridge of Blue Peak], grey clouds started to move in very fast. The climb was super fun, with a lot more bouldering opportunities than I anticipated based on what I could see of the ridge from the trail. Aside from my feet which were soaked and miserably cold, the rest of my body somehow managed to feel okay, (despite having gotten drenched early on from plowing through snow-covered branches :doh: ).

By the time I reached the summit, the clouds were pretty thick but there were a few breaks here and there, allowing me to catch glimpses of the awesome views. Like the Escudilla Lookout, the Blue Peak Lookout was also run down & had a desolate feel. There was a register nestled under a cairn by the base of the lookout tower, and the main sign-in page goes back to August 2004. I couldn’t find any survey markers, [although I was starting to get pretty cold and didn’t put much effort into looking]. Cell reception from the summit was excellent, so I called Peter who graciously gave me a Doppler report, which proved very helpful. Before departing from the summit, I changed in to dry shirt that I had thrown in to my pack last minute, and it was a VERY nice treat to no longer have my upper body feel drenched & cold.

I headed off Blue Peak along its NE ridge via a very overgrown trail. Toward the summit, the trail is almost overgrown beyond recognition, but it soon become discernable; and, although not in the greatest shape, it definitely made the going a bit smoother given how some pretty gnarly brush had started to take over. The brush soon faded out to the point where it was faster and easier to simply head directly along the ridge in the direction I planned to go [vs. sticking to the trail]; and as I approached my next peak of interest [Indian Peak], the route on the ridgeline in this area was more defined than the stretch of trail I’d taken off of Blue Peak. Indian Peak wasn’t a standout [in that there were plenty of other spots along the ridge and throughout my adventure where the views were just as good if not better]. I was also unable to find a summit register or survey marker(s). At the very least, it was smooth off-trailing in this area and in the direction I needed to go.

Next up was Raspberry Peak. I’d intended to head of the S/SE ridge of Indian Peak toward Raspberry Peak but inadvertently headed off the ridge to the NE [toward UN 8372]. Luckily, it was under 0.10 miles before I got the overwhelming sense that I was headed toward the wrong peak. And the error even helped me to not only avoid a craggy section on the ridge I should’ve taken but also spot some very well-defined animal routes, which made it a fun and easy task of dropping about 750’ in 2/3rds of a mile to the saddle area just North of Raspberry Peak.

The ascent of Raspberry Peaks was loads of fun, offering a gain of around 400’ over about 1/4 mile. :D With tons of animal routes, excellent footing, and *minimal brush [*IF paying attention to the routes that circumvent it], I truly enjoyed the awesome workout this ascent offered. Once on the summit ridge, it was short and easy jaunt of just under 0.20 miles Eastward to reach the highpoint. The views were absolutely extraordinary but the wind was blowing viciously and I could see more grey clouds to West, [which would be headed my way based on the Doppler report Peter had given me]. Thus, I took a few pics, signed the register, [which had been placed by Mark Nichols *prior to 11/20/96], and headed on my way. *11/20/96 was the date of ascent for the second person to sign; Mark’s name was first and barely readable, [and the date of his ascent had completely faded].

My descent off Raspberry Peak was exceptionally smooth thanks to some excellent routes that circumvented the cliffy and overly brushy areas. I descended Westward until I reached about 7,800’ and then contoured Northward as I continued to descend but much more gradually. I then contoured back around to the West toward Raspberry Basin, and soon connected with the Raspberry Creek Trail #35, [which was the same trail I started]. From the time I reconnected with the trail, I had a little over 2 miles to go to get back to my vehicle. This trail was a real treat: the footing was excellent for the majority of the way, the trail was very well defined [aside from a handful of confusing spots where the cattle had blazed routes that were equally well-defined if not more so…], and the views and immediate surroundings were absolutely beautiful. Aside from half expecting a storm to blow over the ridge at any moment, it was truly a stress free ending to an awesome adventure.
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May 29 2016
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Blue Peak 9355Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
chumley
Hiking2.95 Miles 621 AEG
Hiking2.95 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.60 mph
621 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This is a short mile-and-a-half trip from the end of the road to the summit of Blue Peak, the highest peak in the Blue Range Primitive Area.

Finally figured out that this hike actually involves hiking a mile on the McKittrick Trail before heading up the unnamed spur trail that leads to the peak. The Blue Lookout Trail is actually a separate trail that drops from McKittrick to the Blue cabin ruins site in the drainage north of the peak that connects to KP #70. It appeared to be very overgrown and littered with post-fire deadfall.

The views from this peak are great. The tower is old and decommissioned. The windows are broken and the first flight of stairs have been removed. There's water in the old cistern on the summit, but there is no sign of the benchmark or reference marks that should be there.
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May 29 2016
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Blue Peak 9355Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
BiFrost
Hiking2.95 Miles 621 AEG
Hiking2.95 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.60 mph
621 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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We decided to do this short hike before heading for our car camp spot. The trail is very overgrown with deadfall so shorts were not recommended even though we all seemed to have them on. However, all the pain was rewarded with great views on the Blue Peak Lookout. 360 views of the rim, the Gila Wilderness, the Blue, and points beyond. On the way up trail ran into John Klein SAHC group and apparently he reads our triplogs. He was thrilled to run into the "legends" of HAZ (his words not mine :) ) Nice to see our triplogs appreciated by people not on HAZ!!
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May 29 2016
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Blue Peak 9355Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
John9L
Hiking2.95 Miles 621 AEG
Hiking2.95 Miles
621 ft AEG
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After our side trip to Greenlee County High Point we drove over to FR184 where we planned on car camping. At the end of this forest road is the short trail to Blue Peak. We decided it was the perfect afternoon hike before settling in for our final night in The Blue.

We started hiking around 3:50pm and made good time over the first mile of trail. There is some sporadic downfall and thorny bushes along the way. The trail grew more dense as we continued and the final quarter mile to the summit was a bloody fight! I wish I wore pants.

We hit the lookout tower and climbed up to the top where we were greeted with wonderful 360 degree views. The four of us spent several minutes up top taking a variety of pics. This tower hasn’t been used in a long time and it’s falling apart. Most of the windows are gone and the floor makes you think twice.

After we had our fill we climbed back down and returned to the car at the TH. From there we drove roughly a mile back and picked a campsite right off the road. This hike was the perfect way to end our day and I really enjoyed the views up top.
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May 23 2015
friendofThunde
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Blue Peak 9355Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking3.07 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.07 Miles
650 ft AEG
 
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This was the night cap for Cup, Blanco and myself. There is a nice little spot to camp at the TH and McKittrick and Blue were next on the list, so our day two destination became our day one destination. The register at the Blue lookout, also the highest point in the Blue Range, was full of scathing reviews of the summit and trail.

I am just not sure who hikes that trail and expects something else, furthermore, I am not sure how someone who had such a miserable time on the trail would continue the hike the entire length, just to write how horrible the view was, and how bad the trail was. Look it is what it is, the tower is located in a severely burned area. There is a huge dead tree blocking access to the trail from the TH, there is a giant yellow sign that says the trail is destroyed and to use at your own risk, so how did it come as a shock to these people when the trail was less than ideal? My favorite message, "trail full of dead trees, can't find benchmark, can't climb tower, utter disappointment."

Speaking of tower, it can be climbed ;)
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