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Silver Peak Trail #280 - 6 members in 18 triplogs have rated this an average 4.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 20 2019
RedRoxx44
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 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedRoxx44
Hiking8.80 Miles 3,124 AEG
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Nice hike some shade and clouds but it looked like no rain in the offing. Warm low and nice high up. Near the top a couple of hawks decided I must look like a cradle robber and screeched and dive bombed me with abandon. After the first couple of close "whoosh" I ignored them. Nice views from the summit, and really most of the trail, although weird light with the sort of overcast then full on blasting sunlight. Lots of switchbacks but it makes a nice grade. I was going to car camp but didn't feel like seeking out shade with the seeming lack of serious clouds I just came home to the AC. I hope the monsoon shows up soon.
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Nov 26 2016
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking9.16 Miles 3,124 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.45 mph
3,124 ft AEG
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The long awaited trip to Portal to hike Silver Peak finally came together this weekend as Matt and I made our way down to Southern Arizona. Nick was absolutely right in the description, you need to see this place to believe how spectacular the landscape is in that canyon. The hike is also quite pleasant as it climbs steadily with several neat rock features to keep it interesting and great views all around. There is plenty of camping nearby, which will help ease the distance from Tucson or Phoenix if you make this an overnight trip.
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Feb 13 2016
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pivo
Hiking9.26 Miles 3,118 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.10 mph
3,118 ft AEG      53 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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MyJoseph
Sandy, Joseph and I did Silver Peak while the rest of the group was doing a cave survey. It was very warm at the start with full morning sun exposure, however we were in the snow after about 30 minutes and would remain there for the rest of the hike. I had left my poles in the truck and footing was slippery. Ugh. Slow going and extra work to summit this day.

When we returned to our campsite during setup just before sunset, we were treated to turkeys flying up to roost in the tall pines.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cave Creek Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Apr 17 2015
mwiles
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 Routes 12
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48 male
 Joined Sep 15 2009
 Goodyear, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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mwiles
Hiking8.80 Miles 3,124 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.46 mph
3,124 ft AEG      45 Mns Break9 LBS Pack
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For those inclined to study the night sky with telescopes (as I am)...Portal, AZ is known as one of the finest possible destinations to do so. A group of us were camped north of Portal off of Foothills Road for the weekend and we took on the task of hiking Silver Peak for a daytime activity. Holy cow!!

As fricknaley notes in the hike description, this is one of the unknown gems and definitely should be hiked more often. The trailhead is easy to find, with good parking. The trail itself is narrowish and a little loose in spots but overall is great for walking upon. It's a steady but relentless climb to the peak from the time you cross through the hiker's gate. Rewarded with view after view after view all the way up to the peak - but it all pales in comparison to the 360º views from the peak itself.

Now I have the dilemma on my next visit of deciding to hike something different in the Chiricahua's or tackling Silver Peak again. I suspect the decision will be some form of "both". Do yourself a favor - get to this trailhead and start walking. Your eyes will thank you.
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Jan 18 2015
Pivo
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63 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
Pivo
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,081 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.90 mph
3,081 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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The Cave Creek portion of the Chiricahua Mountains is one of the most beautiful in this entire range. Spectacular rock faces that command attention with dynamic morning and late afternoon light. Perfect weather today with forecast highs of the upper 60's.
Silver Peak had been on my radar for sometime, today was a perfect time for a day trip.
Some snow and ice on the Northern segments of the trail, very, very pleasant at the summit.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cave Creek Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Jan 18 2015
MyJoseph
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 Joined Apr 23 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MyJoseph
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,081 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.90 mph
3,081 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
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Nov 17 2013
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking9.14 Miles 3,247 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.49 mph
3,247 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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RedwallNHops
It was nice to do a trail hike again! The views from this trail and the peak are AMAZING!

This summit log is great even though it only spans two years. Everyone remarked on their hike, the day, or even the weather.

At the top I decided to "check out" the outhouse. When I was done, I tried to exit and I couldn't! :scared: I nearly panicked but then I remembered that Joel could get me out. I'm probably the only person on earth who can lock themselves in an outhouse... :sl:
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Nov 17 2013
RedwallNHops
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 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RedwallNHops
Hiking9.14 Miles 3,247 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.49 mph
3,247 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
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This has been on my list for quite a while and finally did it. Nice mellow hike.
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May 26 2013
cindyl
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47 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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cindyl
Hiking8.40 Miles 3,150 AEG
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southpawaz
rocks beneath my feet like hot coals. hot coals melting my soles, melting my soul.

i always go through this when it's too hot for a hike this late in the day. put this hike another 2,000 feet up, i'd be all over it.

btw: did you ever wonder where those mystical crows are when you need them? it's only a half mile "as the crow flies." if only those crows would come and pick me up by my backpack and make it ACTUALLY a half mile. dagnabbit.

finally, we reach the stairs. stairs on my hike. seriously? stairs? up top at the former lookout, the views to kill. yes, it was worth it.

on the way down, the slate beneath my boots as broken plates makes this noise: chink! chink! and not the good kind, like the sound of a quarter bouncing off a glass (your turn to drink), or the bottle caps flung across the room. no, this is broken plates beneath my boots and trekking poles.

and then again, different rocks like hot coals burning my soles until finally we reach the truck and an ice cold soda. yes, soda. something is definitely wrong with this story.

(ps: all was made better when we reached our campsite in pinery canyon.)
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Cochise Head Silver Peak
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
May 26 2013
southpawaz
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56 male
 Joined Mar 18 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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southpawaz
Hiking8.94 Miles 3,124 AEG
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cindyl
I've been wanting to do this hike for a while and when friends posted a campout event in the Chiricahuas for the holiday weekend, we decided to head down and then picked out this hike as our main event.

After our warmup hike (mostly) through a burn area the day before, we were glad to crest over Onion Saddle and drive down into the less fire-touched east side of the mountains. Before hitting the trail, we stopped in at the Visitors Center to say hi and see the snakes, in hopes that they would be the only ones we would see. The Mohave and Diamondback Rattlers were particularly riled up today, both buzzing as soon as we stepped into their corner.

With that out of the way (it worked - no snakes on the trail), we drove back over to the trailhead, geared up and set off. We were a bit late getting out and for the lower section it was a little hot but as we made our way steadily up, the temperature started dropping and by the time we started the final set of switchbacks the temperature was pretty pleasant.

We passed by the intact storage shed and outhouse, only to come around the last corner and find stairs (!?!). I guess it was necessary, with the Lookout Tower having been built up on the rocky crag, so we climbed on up, dropped our packs and relaxed. The views from here are stunning, all the way around, and with its grasses still green, Rustler Park looked, well, parkish.

It was a bit windy up on top and the breeze felt good, but after a break and a snack it was time to head down. The afternoon sun put a nice face on some of the cliffs that hadn't seemed so interesting in the morning, and we made our way back around The Fingers out to the exposed area of the trail in good time. Hot again, but we were going downhill, and it wasn't too long before we were back at the truck enjoying ice cold drinks.

The drive back over to Pinery Canyon gave us a chance to stop and enjoy a view of our conquest in the full afternoon sun, and we were soon back at camp for dinner and a very nice evening friends around the (gas) campfire.
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Rustler Park Silver Peak
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Dec 14 2010
azpeavy
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58 male
 Joined Dec 17 2004
 Gilbert, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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azpeavy
Hiking8.80 Miles 3,015 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.34 mph
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Great weather at 8,000 ft for mid-December. Very scenic area.
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Jul 23 2010
airic
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40 male
 Joined Feb 04 2004
 Cochise, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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airic
Hiking4.50 Miles 3,015 AEG
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Well, I told someone who has more than a little importance to this site I'd log my hikes from the weekend, so here I am. Headed down to the Chiris for a weekend in Apache land. Made it down to Cave Creek and immediately headed to the Silver Peak TH. I got on the trail around 2ish and only hiked a couple hours. Number one goal was to get some solid campsite time in and reread old Apache stories. It sounds like the nicest part of the trail is the peak, so I'll do this one completely another time. What I did hike was comfortable, fairly open, and offered some nice views down the canyon. Trail was in solid shape for the first few miles at least. Felt good to just loosen up the legs after the drive. Not much by way of wildlife, some songbirds bopping about and a bunch of desert grassland whiptails. A nice start.

I came back to the TH for a night hike, but didn't stick to the trail. I'll log here as this was the nearest TH. Always nice, to me at least, hiking at night with a whole new cast of animals. There was a whip-poor-will in the area and an owl. One striped skunk as well. Overall, good first day and night. Wonderful to be back in the Chiricahuas. The log continues at the South Fork.
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Dec 18 2009
PrestonSands
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42 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking2.30 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour      2.30 mph
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Did this as a short after work hike. Hiked until sunset, then turned around. Incredible scenery! I hope to return to hike the whole trail someday.
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Nov 14 2009
SparkyJackie
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32 female
 Joined Jan 29 2009
 Murray, UT
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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SparkyJackie
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,015 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.19 mph
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Mar 10 2009
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39 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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desert_boonie
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,015 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.84 mph
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Well I made it down to the Chiricahua's for the first time. WOW!!!! I wish I lived closer because this is probably my favorite area i've hiked in AZ. Went up Silver Peak which is an awesome hike. You are pretty much going up the entire time, but it is moderately going up and it is not kicking your butt the whole time, or at leat that's what it felt like to me. Started out sunny, then half way up clouds rolled in. Got to the summit with cloud cover and then they rolled out and let me enjoy the view. Again, WOW!!!! Snow on the peaks to the south and just an amazing site I will never forget. Great area. At the trailhead there is a beehive in a tree right above you as you start, pretty much where they have a sign posted that Africanized bees may be in the area. Just wanted to let you know. But great hike. I'm glad I made the trip down there.
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Jun 26 2008
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,015 AEG
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Introduced my dad to an old friend today. There's just something about this hike that kills me every time and brings me back every couple of years...oh yeah, the outstanding summit view! But there's more too. Great tough climb for the distance and a real sky island-type of peakbag.

Up in the sun. Great clouds on the summit and cloudy, thundering skies on the way down. Even got sprinkled on a little. What a wonderful hike on a wonderful day.

As always, I'll be back again.
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Jun 07 2005
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,015 AEG
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Jul 19 2003
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Silver Peak Trail #280Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,015 AEG
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First trip to the Chiricahuas and the beginning of an infatuation with the place. Views from Silver Peak blew our mind. Still do.
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