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Silver Peak Professional Review and Guide
"A hike to a summit offering excellent views of the cliff-bound Portal area and the eastern portion of the Chiricahua Wilderness in the Chiricahua Mountains. You’ll be climbing Silver Peak, the massive mountain west of the trailhead. The actual summit is hidden from the trailhead. A few yards up the trail, an unsigned trail goes to the ranger station; turn left here and start up the slope toward the west. This slope appears to be gentle, but it’s deceiving. The trail actually climbs 700 feet to reach the base of the mountain. This is a good goal for those desiring an easy hike, as it offers good views of the Portal area."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
This was a great hike for an October day. The trail is in good shape with one or two minor exceptions. Trees and bushes have expanded over the trail in a couple of places, and minor erosion from people cutting the switchbacks. The views of surrounding valleys and rock formations are incredible and only get better as the hike progresses. Wildflowers, including a crimson columbine, could still be seen in the higher elevations. The mountains in the area were starting to show their fall colors. We saw deer, lizards and a Mojave Rattlesnake on the trail on the return trip. The trail is not difficult, but can be strenuous.
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