Backcountry Adventures: Arizona
by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.
Just did this trail today and I will say that the trail has been vastly improved since the last time I went up it about 4 years ago. Especially near the top where it used to be a lot more rocky and required more clearance. Now the trail is improved enough that I would say about any stock 4x4 could do it. I would reclassify this trail as "easy"... extra clearance no longer needed with a little careful driving, but well worth the time! Very enjoyable trail. Fantastic panoramic view from the top! Fascinating to see a bit of history up there as well. Love it!
Just did this and the info here is dead on. The last 4 miles or so can be pretty tough. I have brand new Duratracs and I am extremely impressed with their grip and can see the demand for a tire with a solid hold. I would NOT travel that road after, during, or with a threat of precip. No way! There are FEW places to turn around or let a passing vehicle give way.
It is worth the trip to the top. Not much left of the observatory (building only) but you are rewarded with a stunning view 360 degrees...you can see for miles. The temp for August was pleasant with nice breeze at the top.
Sign in at the info area before you head up. I put down what time I headed to the summit and when I returned. It helps them track traffic and also lets them know you are still up there. Not sure how much they check it...but worth the scribble. Enjoy!
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