Chiricahua Peak is the name of a 9,763 feet (2,976 m) peak located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona, located about 35 miles (56 km) north of the United States–Mexico border. It is the highest summit in the Chiricahua Mountains and the highest point in Cochise County.
As with the rest of the Chiricahua Mountains, the peak was formed as the result of a violent volcanic eruption about 27 million years ago.
The peak contains one of the southernmost Engelmann spruce stands in the world. There are also extensive stands of aspen on the northslope. Much of the peak was severely burned in recent times, which creates vast open views across the landscape. This includes views across the Basin and Range to Mount Lemmon, Mount Graham, and Mount Wrightson. In addition Willcox Playa is visible in the basin below.
In 2011 the Horseshoe 2 Fire burned a total of 223,000 acres (90,000 ha) within the Chiricahua Mountains causing considerable damage to the trail system.
There's a trail called Chiricahua Peak Trail #270A leading to the summit. Chiricahua Peak is one of the 2 peaks along the multi-day Sky Islands Traverse.
By elevation Chiricahua Peak is
# 1 out of 86 in the Chiricahua Mountains # 32 out of 4167 in Arizona # 1 out of 252 in Cochise County # 1 out of 38 in Chiricahua Wilderness # 56 out of 6354 in the Southwest Basins and Ranges
By prominence Chiricahua Peak is
# 1 out of 86 in the Chiricahua Mountains # 4 out of 4167 in Arizona # 1 out of 252 in Cochise County # 1 out of 38 in Chiricahua Wilderness # 4 out of 6354 in the Southwest Basins and Ranges
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