Chaves County High Point Trip Report
One Tree Peak (7,089 ft)
Date: November 1, 2002
Author: James Wedekind
Many thanks to the previous trip reports that greatly helped in the navigation to Sunflower Canyon and
eventually One Tree Peak. The roads I took to reach Sunflower Canyon (start of hike) were slightly
different than previously noted:
I came from the north down NM24. From the Weed/Sacramento junction on NM24 I continued south on
NM24 for 11.5 miles until a dirt road labeled Dog Canyon Road (easily passable for a rented Chevy Cavalier).
Reset odometer. Turn left on Dog Canyon Road and follow the road through private property,
past ample camping sites, until reaching a triangle junction after 7.8 miles. Turn right onto Chimney Lane
and continue mostly south until 9.3 mile point. Here there will be a large open pullout area on the right,
a fence on the left and a post that used to display the Sunflower Canyon sign, but now is simply a post.
About 200 feet north of the post there is a gate in the fence, which is where I began my hike.
Note: It's best to do this hike during a non-hunting season. When I visited One-Tree Peak, visibility was
approximately 200 yards and it was a weekend during deer season. Needless to say, I yodeled and made
plenty of human noise while hiking. I believe that many of the hunting parties encountered thought I was a
little on the wacky side, but at least they kept their guns pointed at the ground.