|when||Trip Report : August 28, 2021|
|Trip Report : August 24, 2013|
|Trip Report : August 28, 1999|
|where||Sierra Ancha Wilderness|
Since we haven’t done this hike in almost 8 years, it’s time
for another revisit to this part of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness.
Aztec Peak is the highest peak in the Sierra Ancha Range east of Roosevelt
Lake, providing a commanding view of both the lake and Four Peaks.
If FR 487 is still closed, we will start hiking from the barrier and hike
the road for 1.2 miles to the Abbey’s Way 151 Trailhead.
Gain 760 feet of elevation along the way and pass the 180-foot high
Workman Creek Falls, which will probably be reduced to a trickle in June,
and also enjoy good views of Workman Creek Canyon.
Although passable, the trail is not well maintained. We may encounter sections of extreme overgrowth and many fallen trees along the way. Be aware of fire-killed trees and the danger of falling trees and branches, especially in windy conditions. If things look bad or it gets too windy, we may have to turn around.
After another half-mile the trail begins a steady ascent up to the peak. Because of the number of fallen trees and overgrowth, we may have to dead-reckon our way to the lookout tower. Three miles from the FR 487 closure and we are on Aztec Peak at the base of the lookout tower where we will stop to enjoy the views of Roosevelt Lake and Four Peaks and have lunch. After lunch we will see about going to the top of the lookout tower and then head back down the trail. The return follows FR 487 down Aztec Peak and back to the trailhead.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-848' if we can drive to the trailhead. If not, +-1,608' (enough for a "B" hike).|
|elevations||6,900 feet at trailhead to 7,748 feet at Aztec Peak.|
|on trail||100% — Aztec Peak Trail, FR 487|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker. But see “EC” above.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||6:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Drive east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd., exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King. We will make carpooling arrangements from there.|
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