Snowshed Peak
The Peak
Rank: #9 Summit Elevation: 9,665 ft.
Vegetation: Pinyon pine, oak, and madrone followed by Ponderosa pine and aspen at higher elevations, followed by mixed conifers. Frequently Seen Animals: white-tailed deer, snakes, black bear, coati, hawks, Mexican chicadee, many other birds.
Hiking Season: May - October  
The Trail
Name: Basin Trail #247 to Snowshed Trail #246. Difficulty: Difficult.
Length of Hike (r/t):  14.0 miles Trail Elevation Change: 3,881 ft.
Water: Drinking water at trailhead. Non-potable spring available half-mile before Snowshed Peak summit spur. Trailhead Elevation: 5,784 ft.
Tips: Some stream fording necessary. Snowshed Peak can also be reached via a short spur between Chiricahua and Sentinel Peaks on the Crest Trail. Trail gets washed out and is difficult to find in places. Restrooms available at trailhead.
Hiking Permit Needed: No. Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed. Horses Permitted: Yes (processed feed preferred)
Cross-country Skiing Permitted:  Yes. Mountain Bikes Permitted: No.
Safety Tips: Be sure to bear-proof campsites. Monsoon storms are common during summer months, sometimes lasting several days. Bring raingear and dry clothes, and take care not to get caught above treeline during thunderstorms. 
The Drive
General Location: Southeastern corner of AZ Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes
Nearest Town: Portal  
Directions: From I-10 just over the Arizona border in New Mexico, take US 80 south 28 miles. Turn right on Portal Rd for 7 miles to Portal. Road continues westbound as FR42 for 6-7 miles to Herb Martyr Campground. The Portal Road can also be reached by traveling northeast on US 80 for 49 miles from Douglas, AZ.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Chiricahua Peak, Portal Peak, Portal. Office of Tourism Region: Old West Country
County: Cochise Managing Agency: Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 3081 N.Leslie Canyon Rd., Douglas, AZ 85607, 520-364-3468 
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