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Hike For April 18: Jhus Canyon
Meet at the corner of Portal and Foothills Roads at 8 (AZ) / 9 (NM) to carpool to Jhus Canyon.

Pat Owens 557-7722 rodeonm@vtc.net

Carol Simon 558-2433 casimon@vtc.net

Jonathan Patt558-0152 jonathanpatt@gmail.com

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Seven hikers drove up the Greenhouse Road and walked the last mile to the trailhead with the Greenhouse Trail. Aside from the gusts of wind that occasionally blasted through the canyon, it was a very pleasant day to be hiking here, and we quickly made our way up the trail. Stepping over intermittent deadfall and climbing through switchbacks with slipping/eroding tread, we made our way quickly up the trail to the Winn Falls Overlook, where a good amount of water was flowing over the waterfall, and swifts darted around overhead while we enjoyed some carrot bread from Sheila and the view.

Two hikers turned back from here, while the remaining five continued up the trail into worsening tread and overgrowth, climbing through more switchbacks and then crossing into the Cima Creek drainage, ultimately ending up in the always beautiful narrow canyon bottom along Cima Creek itself, where more intermittent erosion and some impressively large Douglas fir trees crossed the trail, as well as occasional small snow drifts could be seen along the north facing slopes. We made our way through and back up out of the drainage, eating lunch at Cima Cabin, which fared the winter well. After lunch, we quickly hiked up to Cima Saddle at the Crest Trail, remaining only a brief moment as the wind was so intense we could barely stand upright, so we headed back down and returned the way we came, much more sheltered from the wind the rest of the day. We ended late afternoon, having hiked about 9 miles.

Next Thursday, April 18, we will be hiking in Jhus Canyon. This hike begins on an old road, then turns into a trail after several miles as we head up to Jhus–Horse Saddle at a junction with the Shaw Peak and Pinery–Horsefall Trails. The upper half mile or more of the Jhus Canyon Trail (as well as the entire Pinery–Horsefall Trail and a portion of the Shaw Peak Trail) was recently maintained and in excellent condition, but lower stretches of the trail are likely to be in overgrown/rough condition at times. Meet at the corner of Portal and Foothills Roads at 8 (AZ) / 9 (NM) to carpool to Jhus Canyon.

In two weeks, on April 25, we will be joining a group of volunteers working on the Greenhouse Trail. This project will involve a mix of cutting back overgrown vegetation with pruning saws and loppers, digging out raspberry plants from the trail, restoring eroded and slipping tread, and cutting fallen trees off the trail with crosscut saws. If you are interested in participating, you will need to have an active volunteer agreement with the Forest Service—if you don't or aren't sure whether you do, or if you just want to know more, contact Jonathan atjonathanpatt@gmail.com.

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Pools and small waterfalls (and icicles!) along Cima Creek below the cabin.



We recently took the time to review safety items that hikers could carry to help either themselves or another hiker in the case of an accident, or when getting lost, or even just out later than expected. Our group has quite a good safety record (and we never lost anyone permanently) but accidents do happen and some of our hikes are in rugged, remote territory. Here is what we recommend everyone carry:

Space blanket

First aid kit

Matches with fire starter


Signalling mirror

Extra layers of clothing

Extra water

Extra food

Knife or multi-tool

Flashlight or headlamp with fresh and spare batteries

Map and compass or GPS

Hat and sunscreen

It is good if someone in the group has:

Lightweight splint


Duct tape

Cell phone

We have used almost all of these items in various situations. Prepare yourself to be part of a solution.


Chiricahua Trail Crew Volunteer Agreement


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The 62 Highest Peaks, Mountains, Hills, And Lookouts In The Chiricahuas

(Tabulated by Ray Brooks)


Photo Gallery Of Hiking Club - Click On Any Photo To Begin. Use Arrow Keys At Bottom Of Slide (Or Your Keyboard) To Advance Slide

Howard Topoff 2011