Chiricahua Peak

Chiricahua Peak
Chiricahua Peak
Elevation 9,759 ft (2,975 m)
Prominence 5,139 ft (1,566 m)
Location
Location Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Range Chiricahua Mountains
Coordinates 31°50′47″N 109°17′28″W / 31.84639°N 109.29111°W / 31.84639; -109.29111Coordinates: 31°50′47″N 109°17′28″W / 31.84639°N 109.29111°W / 31.84639; -109.29111
Topo map USGS Chiricahua Peak (AZ)
Geology
Type Volcanic
Age of rock 27 Ma

Chiricahua Peak is the name of a 9,759 feet (2,975 m) peak located in southeastern Arizona, located just 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.[1]

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.

The summit is heavily forested primarily with pines.

References

  1. ^ "Chiricahua National Monument". National Park Service. http://www2.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/chir/index.cfm. 

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