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Hike For January 17: Antelope Pass

Meet at the Chiricahua Desert Museum at 9:00 am.

Pat Owens 557-7722 rodeonm@vtc.net

Carol Simon 558-2433 casimon@vtc.net

Jonathan Patt558-0152 jonathanpatt@gmail.com

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Meeting at the corner of Portal and Foothills Roads, ten hikers walked from there over to the Hummbird Spring Trailhead and started onto the planned loop for the cloudy, rainy day. A short way into the hike, we picked up an 11th hiker who joined us for as far as the spring. After lingering there a bit, we continued on, leaving the trail where it turns right and heads up the ridge before later climbing to join the McCord Trail. We instead followed a trail down into Fawcett Canyon, descending steeply and dumping out onto the cobble-filled canyon bottom.

Following a mix of cattle trails and the creekbed itself, we headed down the canyon a short distance before taking a side trip up an unnamed drainage to check out an old spring trough and box, and a uniquely designed dam a little further up-canyon from there, with buttresses for reinforcement. After checking everything out, we headed back down into Fawcett Canyon and continued hiking out the canyon bottom to the Forest boundary, where we had lunch while being serenaded by cows.

As lunch wrapped up, it started to rain lightly, so we donned our rain gear and headed north along the Forest boundary, the trail over time merging with an old mining road which took us past an assortment of exploratory mines and vertical shafts, some quite deep. The rain now coming steadily, we quickly continued over the last pass before completing our loop and following the Hummingbird Spring Trail back out the remaining distance, for a total hike of over 5 miles.

Next Thursday, January 17, we will hike in the Antelope Pass area to an assortment of archaeological sites. This is an off-trail hike, with portions on uneven terrain to access some of the sites. Meet at the Chiricahua Desert Museum at 9 AM.

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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