Aztec Peak

Aztec Peak is a road to the highest point of Sierra Anchas

Aztec Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.361m (7,746ft) above the sea level, located in Gila County, in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona.

Is the road to Aztec Peak unpaved?

Set high in the Tonto National Forest, the summit is the highest point of the Sierra Anchas. The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Forest Service Road 487, also known as Workman Creek Road. It starts off the Arizona 288-Globe Young Highway.

Is the road to Aztec Peak open?

This road above the Falls Recreation Site is usually closed annually from December 15 to March 31 (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. 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. If the gate isn’t closed, you can drive all the way to the summit. 

Is the road to Aztec Peak scenic?

Tucked away in the Salome Wilderness, the summit hosts a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout erected in 1956. The 360 degree view on the summit is quite dramatic, with a panoramic view that stretches more than 100 miles in every direction.
Pic: Fanie D


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