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Sep 17 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Apache Peaks & Richmond Basin, AZ 
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Hiking12.02 Miles 3,195 AEG
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Last week on the Pinals, we had noticed Apache Peaks to the north of Globe, did some research, and decided to check them out this weekend. What was supposed to be an out & back to 6940 with a side trip to Richmond Basin turned into a little bit more.

Trailhead to 6940--We parked at the junction of 220 & 220A and headed uphill. The mountain blocked some of the sun for us, and temps were nice. We followed what appeared to be an old road in places, and game trails in other places. It was all very steep, with plenty of loose rocks. We reached the cliff band, then found the chute to follow up. It was choked with dense brush which was more of a challenge than the scramble itself, although there was one spot where I was about at my limit with how far I could reach and still be able to pull myself over a boulder. Once above the chute, there were more rocks to scramble over, but it was basically like climbing loose steps. After that, it was an easy walk to the saddle, then steeply again uphill. The rocks at the north end of the mountain were great and climbing up on them afforded great views in all directions. From this spot, the idea was formed to follow the ridgeline we could see to the north, then around to the west. A quick check of the topo confirmed that this was probably a feasible option. We continued on to 6940, and took a lunch break. From there, we looked over at 6910, but were unsure about getting across the middle of the ridgeline over to it, and the new possibility of making a loop won us over.

6940 to 6601--From 6940, we retraced our steps to the north, then steeply back downhill to the saddle, heading to 6601, which was hardly noticeable as a peak. We followed the fenceline north, mostly staying on a horse trail.

6601 to 6682--We continued following the horse trail and fence line north, then west uphill to 6682. It was generally pretty easy going uphill.

6682 to 6326--Dropping off the north side of 6682 was very steep and very brushy. Again, mostly following the fenceline. Aside from the brush, it was an easy climb up to 6326.

6326 to 6188--Heading west off 6326 was easy, but brushy. 6188 loomed in front of us, looking very steep. And it was. The brush cleared some, but the steepness and loose rocks increased. Scrambling up was actually quite fun, one of my favorite parts of the day, and it was never difficult to get over the rocks. Great views from the top.

6188 to 5819--Getting down off of 6188 was a whole other story. Extremely steep, mostly scree. I'm surprised neither of us fell at any point. Very slow going through here, and every step sent a cascade of sharp rocks downhill. Getting to the saddle was a relief. Still very rocky, brushy terrain, but seemed easy compared to what we just went through. We followed the fenceline to 5819.

5819 back to the car--From 5819, we followed the rest of the ridge easily down to 220A, then took it back to the car. At the car, we refilled our water, then headed over to Richmond Basin

Richmond Basin--An easy road walk from the car on 220. Lots of mines to explore, which made me very happy. I had already marked all of the larger mines I had wanted to see, so we didn't waste any time heading to all of them. We took 220 to the adits at the end of the road, then explored more mines on our way back to the car.

Great day, all off trail except for the Richmond Basin portion. Temps were mostly good, and a great breeze helped tremendously. Fun to explore an area which doesn't seem to get a whole lot of visitors.
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 Payson, AZ
Apache Peaks & Richmond Basin, AZ 
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Hiking12.02 Miles 3,195 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   1.62 mph
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Feeling adventurous, we decided to tackle an off-trail peak or two this weekend. We started from a lonely FR junction (200/200A) and followed faint remnants of a road briefly before heading straight up. I actually wore pants, glad I did. The trek starts off rather easy. Game trails led us to where the real bushwacking begins. Passages through brush were usually blocked by cacti, which was ever present throughout. We skirted the cliff band and found a densely vegetated chute to reach the false summit. By the time we reached the saddle, we weren't thrilled about taking that route back down, so we decided to follow the ridgeline and accompanying peaks, and make a loop. We hit 6940 first and lunched with a nice view. The tops of these peaks are cholla forests. Back down to the saddle to start our ridge walk, passing hill 6601, while eyeing 6682, unsure of what kind of descent awaited on the backside. That was the case with all of these peaks, really. Plenty of bear scat below 6682. Really brushy on that backside, but as long as we weren't cliffed out, we were moving forward. We continued to push through the brush, passed 6326, and got a squared up view of 6188. We saved the toughest peak for last. The top of 6188 is a series of 3 rock ledges. Navigating up and over them was fun. Footing wasn't the best, these rocks are loose and crumbling, but plenty of hand/foot holds. The descent from 6188 was slow going. A steep field of loose scree stood between us and our return to the ridgeline. We made it down safely, happy to be back in the brush, knowing the last major obstacle was behind us. Following the ridge/fenceline, we ended up back on the FR and returned to the vehcile. After grabbing a little water, we footed it on down FR200 to tour some mining history. Saw some holes in the ground, a few collapsed structures, and whole lot of rusted debris scattered throughout. Views from the peaks and ridgeline were incredible all day. As expected for Central AZ. The haze seems to have died down a bit. Weather was just about perfect. Although a little toasty due to the lack of shade anywhere on this mountain. I enjoyed this one. Tough enough to pose challenges, without being terribly uncomfortable. Definitely a worthy destination for someone seeking an adventurous trek.
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 Fountain Hills,
Apache Mid-Peak, AZ 
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Hiking6.43 Miles 2,157 AEG
Hiking6.43 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   1.74 mph
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Apache Peaks
It’s made up of a huge range of peaks northeast of Globe, and covers at least ten or eleven individual peaks, depending on which ones you include in the range. The tallest of all the peaks is Peak 6940, and there’s a Forest Service benchmark on the highest point of Peak 6940.
The Forest Service called the benchmark, “Apache Mid-Peak”, and placed it there in 1934.
Future surveyors (1938), placed two reference marks and an azimuth mark.

The area to the south of this tallest peak is called Richmond Basin, and it once had a bustling mining town of about 800 to 1,000 people. Many mines and prospects were located in the Apache Peaks range, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Now the mines are done, and the town of Richmond Basin is on the list of Arizona ghost towns.

Azimuth mark
I first set out to locate the Apache Mid-Peak azimuth mark, which was ‘set’ off the mountain.
The info on the datasheet didn’t make sense, as to its location, until I deduced that one or more of the mining roads had been realigned. The benchmark datasheet’s ‘location info’ for the azimuth preceded the realignment. I could finally make out the original road segment on Google Earth, and once I did that, the surveyor’s instructions made sense.
I located the azimuth disk, hiding in a boulder that was partially hidden by a pine tree and fallen pine needles.

The hike up.
There are no trails anywhere, and there are only 5 previous HAZ hikes to the top of Peak 6940. Three hiked up from west to east, one from east to west, and one from the SE to the NW. I read all 5 triplogs, and they all basically say the same thing. Thick brush at times, very steep, loose rocks, some open areas, and one or more boulder ridges to maneuver through.

I chose to hike up a totally different way. I used the basic route that all the survey groups used through the years, which was a more ‘south-to-north’ direction. This route starts out on the east end of Richmond Basin.
I encountered all the same stuff the other HAZ hikers encountered, plus some thicker brush in a steep wash on my way down. This hike is a bit of work. (loose rocks, manzanita, juniper, prickly pear, buckhorn cholla, & agave) - Dress accordingly.

The actual top of Peak 6940 is about 800 ft long and only about 60 to 70 ft wide. It’s covered in alot of vegetation, the same stuff encountered on the hike up and down. The top is not a very friendly place to move around.
I located the benchmark right away, along with remnants of wood and wire from the Height of Light. I also located both reference marks, but have no photos of them. I could barley see both RMs, deep in the middle of thick, sharp needle-filled vegetation. I wasn’t about to move that stuff out of the way and get even bloodier arms than I already had from the climb. Trust me - The RMs are up there.

The hike down was like the up portion, with parts of the wash better, and some parts worse than my ‘non-wash’ track up.

Sooooo …..
If you desire to hike up to Apache Peaks’ high point, you now have four different tracks to choose from, or pick your own track and let us know how it goes.
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Mar 30 2013
Booneman
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 Chandler, AZ
Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking5.92 Miles 2,386 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
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One word: Brutal. I didn't follow the route listed here, instead I took Cannondalekid's advice and hiked up the Western side of the mountain. If this route was easier, I wouldn't want to attempt the other side! Thanks for the info though, it saved us quite a bit of time on our way over to hike Aztec Peak. The mileage is higher because my vehicle couldn't quite make it to the junction on 220 & 220A, which added an additional 2.3 miles to the trek.
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 Reno, NV
Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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sbkelley
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,350 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.09 mph
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Started on the corral on the west side of the peak(s), heading up the road in the cool, breezy morning. Found an old mining road in the Richmond Basin that led up to about 5700' near an old propsect. Steep going from there, dodging brush, which put us under the rocky cliffband that you can see from below. The rock is nice and solid, and a weakness in the cliff presented itself soon enough. After that, you're about 600' and .5 mile short. The terrain is generally easy but the brush got thick in a couple spots. It's central AZ after all....

What a clear day and a panoramic view. Can see from the White Mountains to Table Top, and from the Mogollon Rim to the Catalinas, Rincons, and Pinalenos.
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CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Apache Peaks - Northern Loop, AZ 
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Hiking6.07 Miles 1,971 AEG
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After my Apache Peak 6940 climb last week I couldn't wait to return to make a 'Northern Loop' trip to visit the summits of the northern-most eight out of the tallest dozen peaks in the Apache Peaks complex. To try and make it all in one trip I relied on topo maps, satellite views as well as the information I gained on my climb of 6940. Yes, it was quite an ambitious plan even knowing how large a gap there can be between creating and carrying it out, but it was worth a try.

The Plan:
Start from Forest Road 220 near Apache Tank and hit the peaks in the order as follows:
Peak 5819, 6188, 6326, 6353, 6729, 6412, passing back over 6729 on the way to 6651 and finally to 6601. From there I would continue south toward 6940 until I found an opening to climb down the steep western wall, eventually back down to last weeks' trailhead then hike the road back up and around Peak 5819 to my start point.

The Result:
I hit 5819, 6188, 6326, 6353 & 6651, hardly varying a hundred feet from my planned GPS route until climbing the northern rise of Peak 6651 prior to heading east to pick up 6729 & 6412. Once I caught sight of 6729 & 6412 it was obvious I would have neither the energy nor enough fluids for the steep ascents and descents out-and-back so I settled on finishing with just 6651 & 6601. But as it turned out while I did not continue to 6601 I did reach five of the eight summits I hoped for. Not a bad day's work.

The Details:
0740 - Started from my designated TH @ N33.54718 W110.76909
I had a nice spot parked between two trees tall enough to provide shade for most of the day. The climb to begin with was reasonably steep but the terrain was open enough it was easy to pick out the best route.

0805 - Reached Peak 5819 summit @ N33.55029 W110.76498
Once at the summit I realized my planned GPS route was working out well with the only obstacle that may cause a variation was pretty sturdy barbed-wire fence. Hopefully I'd be able to cross it at the opportune times without too much grief.

0906 - Reached Peak 6188 summit @ N33.55560 W110.75647 (My GPS read 6224')
Although early in the hike, this peak was the toughest of the day for me, being very steep with exposure near the top, very loose scree to climb and of course for me, not being comfortable with heights, sheer cliff faces and drop-offs. Truthfully I almost gave up, and even once I was within a few yards of the top I told myself "enough for today, I'll summit it and call it a day, heading back and spending the rest of the day doing more 4x4 recon of the area. But once I reached the summit and saw the terrain wasn't as bad (close, but not as bad) to continue on, I figured I'm here, let's get it done!

0949 - Reached Peak 6326 summit @ N33.55936 W110.75234
This peak was a pretty easy climb, although I started to get into the thicker brush that would become the theme for most of the hike. Still, there were enough well-beaten game trails I could avoid the worst of it.

1004 - Reached Peak 6353 summit @ N33.56378 W110.75130
The terrain being pretty open yet with plenty of shade trees the hike along the 'peninsula' to Peak 6353 was the easiest and most enjoyable part of the day. With tons of game trails and fresh animal tracks I was a bit surprised I only had one fleeting glimpse of a white-tail deer the whole day, so short even if the camera was on and in my hand would not have caught it.

1108 - Reached Peak 6651 summit @ N33.55649 W110.74764
This was very close to the toughest climb of the day. Every bit as steep if not steeper than the climb to 6188 but not nearly the exposure. But it took enough energy I knew by time it started to level out that my out-and-back from here to pick up 6729 & 6412 was not feasible today so I headed straight for the summit.

1142 - Make-or-break time @ N33.55536 W110.74539
Already it's taken 4 hours, I'm lagging on energy, have only a few ounces of Gatorade in the CamelBak bladder with a 20 oz back-up bottle and I have another 3 tough miles to go, so... do I continue as planned on to pick up Peak 6601 and seek an unknown opening to drop down or choose the known opening now, heading down the ravine into Negro Wash? Hmmm... which is it?

I figured reaching five out of eight planned summits isn't bad so I chose the latter (and very wrong!) option. Yup, as usual hindsight is 20/20. While this was a known option, the brush became so thick, even moving as fast as I could downhill, it took well over and hour to go less than half a mile. Worse, it was sapping me of the energy I'd need to make my last 400' ascent back up to my TH. The only 'good' thing during this descent was almost no cats-claw so the upper body scrapes were just that, scrapes. However, I did get plenty of those. For the legs it was a good thing I had two layers of gaiters (light short ones and tall heavier ones over that) for I still came back with a deep cut behind each leg. I have no idea when or where I got them as I didn't notice them until after I returned home.

The last unpleasantness of the hike was sitting down on a nice shaded rock to take off the outer pair of gaiters (only half-mile walk along the road left) only to find out the rock was covered in pine sap. Thankfully the last thing before leaving home I grabbed an extra pair of pants and was able to change into them before driving home, otherwise it would have embedded the sap into the car seat. As it is, three scrubbings with Shout! and washing did not remove the last of it so I'm looking for the next thing to try.

1352 - Returned to start and enjoyed some nice cold Gatorade to reayd me for more 4x4 recon.

With such great views, three more of Apache Peaks to reach on the northern end and another four to the south, I'll be back for more.

I'm still whittling down to a few dozen to post on HAZ but the full set of 81 photos (including both FR220 & FR220A 4x4 trips) is here:
http://changephoenix.c...
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 Mesa, AZ
Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Hiking3.52 Miles 1,874 AEG
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Even though I was going to climb Peak 6940 using a western approach from FR 220, after reading the description for this hike I made sure to be prepared for the worst. I'm sure Eric's description is completely accurate for his eastern approach, but I found I was vastly over-prepared for it. Although very steep everywhere but one flat field about halfway up, there was no intensive bush-whacking. I'm sure part of it is the huge number of game trails, but I do believe a reasonable amount of traffic is from hikers because there were well-beaten tracks leading toward the summit.

I didn't get quite the early start as when we climbed Rockinstraw on Saturday but starting out with a 56 degree temp it turned out to be perfect for such a strenuous climb. From my trail-head just off Forest Road 220 I initially followed the remnants of an ancient road leading up Negro Wash eastward until it turned to the north. From there, even though all I saw above was a wall of steep cliffs, I headed straight for the most prominent peak. Once there I figured I'd follow along the base one way or the other until I found a way up. Luckily I found a path leading to a very narrow chute that brought me right up to the false-summit! :o or more accurately, the first false-summit, because I would encounter another along the way. Thankfully the second was a bit easier, and once above it I encountered a wide flat grassy field which provided a nice respite to climbing 1 foot vertically for every 5 steps forward. And from that field the summit ridgeline finally reared its head. It just HAD to be the destination. Although it was, the true summit was on the far end of the ridge.

Once at the summit I searched for the benchmark that was supposedly there as well as any kind of summit log but found neither. After wandering around the summit taking photos I had a short picnic and got moving again because a second climb of Rockinstraw Mountain (this time from the west) was my plan for the afternoon.

For those who may have shied away from this hike due to the dire warnings in the description approaching from the east, I'd heartily recommend it from the west. Due to some recent maintenance on both FR219 and FR220, while I'm sure conditions could change significantly after a rain, on this day even a normal car could make it all the way to my starting point.

I posted 40 photos on HAZ with the full set of 69 photos here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=125
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Oct 11 2009
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 Gilbert, AZ
Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Hiking5.60 Miles 2,165 AEG
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Apache Peaks (10/10/2009)

This hike ended up being another Man vs. Wild trip. I questioned my plans more than once along the way. Not knowing what would be at the top made me wonder if it was really going to be worth the effort. That is always the risk an explorer takes. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I truly love hiking into the unknown were few have been. The mystery of what I will find keeps pushing me forward. Hiking Apache Peaks is something I have wanted to do for many years. It was time to stop thinking about it and actually do it. I am so glad that I finally completed this hike. Call it "personal accomplishment". Although the hike was somewhat of a battle, I don't regret it one bit. The views were amazing. The way that the summit sits elevated above the mountain range offers amazing perspective and depth. I would have liked for the air quality to be better on the day of my trip. The haze unfortunately limited long distance visibility. Oh well... I can't have everything. The temps were absolutely perfect for a challenging hike, the sun shined during my time at the summit for photography, and I had shade from late day cloud cover all the way back to the truck. It does not get much better than that. God showed me favor that day. It was a blessed day of hiking.


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Apache Peaks - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Hiking7.20 Miles 2,463 AEG
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Apache Peaks (6,940 ft) is located about 10 miles north of Globe and east of Hwy 188. I approached the range from the west using both Wheatfields Rd and Hicks Rd. I chose FR219 to enter the area. FR219 is located off of Hicks Rd immediately after a large ranch complex. Access is through a closed gate with a sign-in sheet. After traveling about 2 miles east on FR219, I turned right on FR220 and followed it east to another gate where I parked at about 4477 ft.

The first 1.8 miles of the hike are along FR220 which gets you to the mountain base. The route is pretty much a bushwhack from this point forward as there is no trail. I picked a broad ridge which leads to the northern end of the mountain. The top of the mountain is encircled by a ring of cliffs, which required two short scrambles. Once on top of the summit plateau, you see the highest point to the south on top of a 400 ft hill. The bushwack continues all the way up and over to the southern most end of the hill to reach the highpoint.

Good views exist to the south, although on this day the air was very hazy. I returned by the same route.
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