The Hike Report is posted here every week. If, in addition, you would like to receive hike reports and upcomingannouncements via email, send a message toportal-rodeo-hiking+subscribe@googlegroups.comand you will be automatically subscribed.


Hike ForDecember 3 -To Be Decided By Hikers
Meet: Silver Peak Parking Lot at 9:00 am

Carol Simon (520) 558-2433 casimon@vtc.net
Jonathan Patt (575) 654-3281 jonathanpatt@gmail.com
Elaine Moisan (520) 5581308 emoisan2011@hotmail.com

Almost at the end of our hike. Photo by Rolf

Hike report for Nov. 27, 2020,from Carol Simon

At long lastI had a hiking day free from theresponsibilities of helping a 1st grader and 4th graderwithonline schooling. I was going to see my friends, which is not easy during these COVID times. And one other hiker showed up! WHERE WAS EVERYONE???

Rolf and I had alovely day. First I introduced him to the Cliff Rose Trail at the Southwestern Research Station. This is a short but steep trail thattakes 10 minutes to walk. The reward is a stunning view of the canyon andsurrounding area, including Silver Peak and Mt. Sceloporus. (We think this is the only peak in the U.S. named after a lizard.) At the top of the trail is a substantial bench that allows hikers to sit and ponder their surroundings in comfort.

We then walked some of the unnamed adjacent trails a bit and want to go back to explore more. This trail system passesthrough the lovely and open oak-juniper woodland that istypical of this elevation. Again, viewswere very impressive and are right in our backyard.

Next we moved to the Ash Spring trail, which is always easy to find and follow. It may be THE trail in our area that isconsistently in the best shape. We found only one downed tree and scrub overlapping the trail wasn’t aproblem since it refuses to rain here. Starting on the Greenhouse Road we walked to the trailhead and thenfollowed the trail out to Ash Spring. Three small ponds there are known to have Chiricahua Leopard Frogs and I saw one dive into the mud as I approached. It was not a good basking day for frogs with temperatures in the low 50s. But it WAS an excellent hiking day with bright sunshine, blue skies and fluffy, white cumulus clouds.

We continued past Ash Spring, looping around to HerbMartyr Campground. Here we borrowed a picnic table and ate our turkeysandwiches, which were greatlyenjoyed. Rolf’s had stuffing and cranberry sauce inside and mine hadmustard, tomatoes andpickles.

Driving back down the Herb Martyr Road I passed four Coues White-tailed Deer and three Montezuma Quail scurried across theroad in front of my truck. Nine Gould’s Turkeys completed the wildlife display. It was a very good day to be out. Hope you wentsomewhere nice too.

Next week, on 3 December, meet at the Silver Peak Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. to decide where to hike.

IMG 1150

Top of the Cliff Rose Trail

Photo by Carol

IMG 1157

View from Ash Spring Trail


Chiricahua Trail Crew Volunteer Agreement

If you do not have a Volunteer Service Agreement on file with the Forest Service, submit one. Submitted forms don't expire until you terminate them.
Print it, fill out, sign in block 35, and date.You can scan a signed document and e-mail it toveronica.forrest@usda.gov. You can also mail the form to Veronica at the Douglas Ranger District Office:
Veronica Forrest 1192 W. Saddle View Rd.Douglas, AZ 85607


Screen Shot 2012-02-24 at 10.34.03 PM

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