Aztec Peak is a fire lookout at an elevation of 2.345m (7,694ft) above the sea level, located in the Tonto National Forest, in Gila County, in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It’s the highest point of the Sierra Anchas.
The road to the lookout, located in the Salome Wilderness, is gravel. It’s called Forest Service Road 487, also known as Workman Creek Road, starting off the Arizona 288-Globe Young Highway. The trail should not be attempted without a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle. Once passed the waterfall, Forest Service Road 487 is steep, narrow and scary for those afraid of heights. The area contains naturally occurring uranium and radium-266. There’s a danger of low level radiation poisoning. DO NOT enter any of the mines in the area. Many of these mines have radiation levels that would be enough to recommend that you "evacuate" the area. The last part of the climb is a single-track forest road, steep and a little rocky in segments. FR 487 above the Falls Recreation Site is closed annually: December 15 - March 31. The summit of Aztec peak is the site of a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout. The 360 degree view on the summit is quite dramatic, with a panoramic view that stretches more than 100 miles in every direction.
Pic: John Gonzales