Mt Phillips Camp
|Elevation Gain||3,071 ft|
|Elevation Loss||735 ft|
|Starting Elevation||9,367 ft|
|Ending Elevation||11,703 ft|
|Min Elevation||9,367 ft|
|Max Elevation||11,703 ft|
This is a dry hike to a dry camp. Unless you choose to make the side hike to Red Hills Camp just past Comanche Peak, you should plan dinner at Cyphers Mine before you leave and take enough water for two days. The good news is this route is the easier direction to summit Mt Phillips.
Climb steadily, west, then north out of Cyphers Mine toward Thunder Ridge Camp (about 2-1/2 miles from Cyphers), past Comanche Peak Camp and over Comanche Peak itself near the 5-mile mark. Just past Comanche Peak is the side trail down to Red Hills — the nearest source of water to Mt Phillips.
On the Way
There are no staffed camps along the route after you leave Cyphers Mine. There are, however, great views from Mt Phillips.
If you don't cook your evening meal at Cyphers Mine, or if you need water before you get to Mt Phillips, make the side hike from just west of Comanche Peak down to Red Hills Camp and return. This will add about 2-1/2 miles, 900 feet of elevation gain and loss, and about 2 hours to your hike.
Itinerary 1 - day 5
Cyphers Mine: blacksmithing, gold panning, mine tour, and Stomp
Mt Phillips: DRY trail camp