No sense in starting a new topic:
Last night I was sitting in the driveway at a friends house in east Flag near the base of Elden. Its slightly higher than the rest of town and has a good view to the south. It is one of the few areas in town where you can see Mormon Mountain. In the Flagstaff area we have seven peaks that are either over 9,000', or have a fire lookout tower, or radios towers on them. They are Bill Williams Mt, Sitgreaves Mt, Kendrick Mt, the San Francisco Peaks, O'Leary Mt, Mount Elden, and Mormon Mt.
Out of all of these mountains, only Mormon Mt has towers with lights on them; at least one tower on Mormon has several red lights that flash and are visible from Flag and further away. Obviously, on mountains like Sitgreaves, Kendrick, the Peaks, and O'Leary it wouldn't make sense to put lights up since they don't even have power going to them and only 2 of them have fire lookouts on them. However, both Bill Williams and Elden have fire towers and many tall communications towers on them, yet they do not have any warning lights on the towers or the mountain.
My theory is that Elden's and Bill William's radio towers are there and some are moderately tall, but they're not that much taller than the actual mountain and therefore do not meet a requirement to have warning lights placed on them. The one with the lights on Mormon Mt seems to be at least 100' taller than the mountain. Is this pretty much the case? Does anyone know of any other hills or mountains with taller towers that don't have light?
Oh yeah, I notice that my hike description for Mormon Mt has no photographs. I nominate Hippiepunkpirate to hike it and photograph it.
I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.