Springerville Peak 9947 • White Mountains
• Springerville Volcanic Field
• Southern Apache County


Peak 9947
 

Sign at the road junction
 

The old track that I hiked
 

Nearing the top of the first ridge
 

The summit across the way
 

Southwest view toward Peak 9913
 

Almost at the top
 

The top is in the trees
 

Looking back toward the ridge I ascended
 

Hiking down. My truck is barely visible down there. Peak 9913 is in view
 

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Date: August 16, 2014 • Elevation: 9,947 feet • Prominence: 457 feet • Distance: 2 miles • Time: 55 minutes • Gain: 580 feet • Conditions: Sunny, cool and humid

Beth and I were camping at the Winn Campground in the White Mountains, enjoying cool air, rain and storms, and some actual hiking. We drove out two days ago, and yesterday I hiked Antelope Peak and Pole Knoll and also had an unplanned and very expensive detour drive into Pinetop to get a new starter/solenoid for my truck.

Today started much clearer and drier than yesterday. Dry is a relative term: everything had dew on it, so it was humid, but at least there weren't already puffy clouds amassing at 7 a.m. like yesterday. I had three peaks planned for today and needed just about four hours of cooperating weather, so things looked promising. I gave Beth hugs and kissed goodbye and was rolling a little after 7 a.m.

I exited the campground and followed AZ-273 back to AZ-260, then east a little to Forest Road 117, the main gravel road that goes north toward Greens Peak. The road was a little muddy in spots from yesterday's rains, but not too slick. I drove about four miles and parked at a corral immediately southwest of my first peak, known simply by its elevation, Peak 9947.

I arrived a little before 8 a.m., and there was some activity in the general area. There were a few of those Polaris ATV-type vehicles with guys in camouflage. I was not aware it was hunting season. Or maybe they were just scouting. In any case, I did not feel concerned. The weather was pleasant and sunny, noticeably less humid than yesterday.

An old track barges directly up the southern slope of the hill, so I walked toward it across low bunchgrass and soon was on the track. After about 20 minutes, I had gained about 500 vertical feet to place me on the ridge, amid a sparse stand of pine. Once at this ridge, which is crescent-shaped, the summit was a few hundred yards north.

I walked the ridge crest rather than go directly straight, meaning less elevation drop and regain. Soon, I was at the base of the final hill. I hiked up and into the trees, negotaiting a few fallen trees along the way. The summit is hidden within the trees, but I found a small cairn near one tree that seemed to be at the highest point. I snapped a photo and immediately started the walk out.

I retraced my steps and made good time on the hike down, aided by the consistent slopes and gentle terrain. I was back to my truck in less than an hour. I took some time to relax in the front before exiting back to the paved highway, now aiming for my next peak of interest, Peak 9913. These two peaks are about two airmiles apart, but the roads are such that it's easier to go south, then catch a different road north to the second peak, Peak 9913, also known as Cow Hill.

(c) 2014 Scott Surgent. For entertainment purposes only. This report is not meant to replace maps, compass, gps and other common sense hiking/navigation items. Neither I nor the webhost can be held responsible for unfortunate situations that may arise based on these trip reports. Conditions (physical and legal) change over time! Some of these hikes are major mountaineering or backpacking endeavors that require skill, proper gear, proper fitness and general experience.