After Hiking Mount Baldy yesterday I spent the night in a really cool little cabin in the Town of Alpine. Then first thing this morning before heading home I set out to do another hike while in the area. 6:56AM I hit the trail heading up Escudilla Mountain. Temp was a cool 45 degrees. As I started up the trail I could feel some soreness in my legs from yesterdays hike. Luckily soon enough it went away and as I continued I saw (or they saw me) 3 Elk. Then I came to the big and open meadow. Shortly thereafter I was back in the woods. I was on a mission to get to the summit and head back as I had to go to work today at 2:30 in Chandler. Here's the thing, I knew there was a Fire Tower up top from the description in the book. What I didn't know is that on final approach I would be greeted by a ranger up there looking down and waving. I had no idea these things were still in opperation and even cooler that I could actually climb up and go inside. All of a sudden my rush to get back seemed secondary. I went up the stairs and inside and introduced myself to the ranger. He was brewing coffee and eating peanuts. There was a bed and a small stove in the tower as well as a bunch of heavy radio equipment. He told me that this is the highest Fire Tower in Arizona. The views from up there were so great that I could have spent the day if it weren't for the fact that I had to get back. I hope to return again when I don't have other commitments. I would also love to see the Aspen turn colors. Great Hike for sure!
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.