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!