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Short & Sweet Rose Peak
The trail is a pleasant half-mile long, consisting mostly of pine-covered switchbacks. While it is a short hike, note that the Rose Peak Trail starts at an elevation of 8,426 feet and ascends 360 vertical feet. With its high elevation and decent rise overrun, those with a sedentary lifestyle should not underestimate it. After you feel that fresh mountain air in your lungs and you have your blood pumping just a bit, you will quickly be atop the 8,786 ft peak where you'll find an approximately 30-foot tall fire lookout tower, a bathroom, a cistern, and a little cabin that you'll wish was yours.
While the tower is active, it was not staffed at the time of this hike, and accordingly, the cabin, bathroom, and top platform of the tower were locked. Whether you climb the tower or not, you will enjoy endless vistas, including views north to the Mogollon Rim, east far into New Mexico, south to the Pinalenos, and west across the Chaparral covered San Carlos Apache Reservation. Be careful not to become entranced by the views lest time slips away and you forget that this was supposed to be a quickie! Come back the way you came and carry on your journey with renewed vigor.
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