O’Leary Peak

Sunset Crater National Monument, Arizona 86001

O’Leary Peak

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"The route follows Forest Service Road 545A past the Bonito Lava Flow within Sunset Crater National Monument, and then up the slopes of O’Leary Peak to terminate near the fire lookout tower on top of the mountain. Along the way are splendid examples of volcanic geology underfoot and scenic vistas all about. Go on a clear day and take a good camera."

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"This trail travels through the edge of the Cinder Hills OHV Area and Sunset Crater National Monument to climb O’Leary Peak, one of the volcanic peaks contained within the San Francisco Volcano Field. Special Attractions: Twisting black cinder trail; Sunset Crater National Monument; Trail passes beside Bonito Lava Flow and offers views over it. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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Trail Information

Sunset Crater National Monument
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours

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