Bassett Peak

Bonita, Arizona

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A long day hike to the summit of the tallest peak in the Galiuro Mountains. This route ascends along the North Fork of Ash Creek, then climbs strenuously to the top of the highest summit in the Galiuros. Upon reaching the eastern slopes of Bassett Peak, the path zigzags upward across brushy slopes dotted with young Douglas firs. There is no established trail to the top of the peak, but a good route can be had by following the main trail to a saddle south of the peak, then bushwhacking up the ridgeline to the summit. A trail register is located atop this tallest peak of the Galiuros, and magnificent views spread in all directions. The Winchester Mountains rise directly to the southeast, while the long chain of the Galiuros stretches away to the north, uninterrupted for 50 miles. The Rincons and Santa Catalinas are clearly visible to the west, while the Pinaleños crowd the eastern horizon.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A long day hike to the summit of the tallest peak in the Galiuro Mountains. This route ascends along the North Fork of Ash Creek, then climbs strenuously to the top of the highest summit in the Galiuros. Upon reaching the eastern slopes of Bassett Peak, the path zigzags upward across brushy slopes dotted with young Douglas firs.

There is no established trail to the top of the peak, but a good route can be had by following the main trail to a saddle south of the peak, then bushwhacking up the ridgeline to the summit. A trail register is located atop this tallest peak of the Galiuros, and magnificent views spread in all directions. The Winchester Mountains rise directly to the southeast, while the long chain of the Galiuros stretches away to the north, uninterrupted for 50 miles. The Rincons and Santa Catalinas are clearly visible to the west, while the Pinaleños crowd the eastern horizon.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bonita
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 2,768 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best March to December
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,663 feet
Local Contacts: Galiuro Wilderness, Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Harrison Canyon, Bassett Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Bassett Peak

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