|when||Trip Report : August 10, 2019|
|Trip Report : September 26, 2015|
|where||Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff|
O’Leary Peak is located near Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument,
about 15 miles northeast of Flagstaff. Unlike its cinder cone neighbor to the
south, O’Leary is a lava dome volcano that last erupted during the
Pleistocene epoch (so not too much chance of another eruption during our hike).
The path to the summit is actually an old jeep road closed to vehicle traffic
other than for official Forest Service use. (Sorry, but that means we
won’t be able to drive to the summit today.)
For the first mile the road is relatively flat and follows beside the Bonito lava flow emanating from Sunset Crater. Then it begins a steady ascent for the next four miles, with long switchbacks leading to the peak. The road narrows and steepens on the final leg of the ascent to the peak. The summit, elevation 8,916', has a lookout tower which may or may not be publicly accessible, and affords sweeping views of nearby Sunset Crater, the San Francisco Peaks to the southwest, the Painted Desert to the north and east, and even the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a clear day. After enjoying the views and lunch, we will return the same way we came. We may optionally stop in Flagstaff for a meal afterwards.
• sturdy hiking boots
• at least 3 liters of water
• rain poncho
• hat, sunblock, sunglasses
|EC||+-2,014' elevation change|
|elevations||6,846' at O’Leary Peak Trailhead to 8,916' at the summit.|
|on trail||100% — FR 545A (O’Leary Lookout Trail)|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||6:30 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. We will leave promptly at 6:45 AM.|
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