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Willow Mountain Fire Lookout - Former, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 7,813 feet
Elevation Gain 145 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3
Interest Historic & Peak
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14  2011-05-07 ssk44
Author ssk44
author avatar Guides 19
Routes 12
Photos 2,302
Trips 288 map ( 830 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:09am - 7:31pm
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The Middle Of Nowhere
by ssk44

Likely In-Season!
Willow Mountain is a remote destination located deep within the San Carlos Indian Reservation. The summit has an elevation of 7,817, making it the highest legally accessible mountain located within the reservation.

*The highest mountain located within the San Carlos Reservation is Mount Turnbull with a summit elevation of 8,282. Mount Turnbull is situated in an area referred to as Unit D. Unit D is closed to non-members. Hunting is allowed in Unit D with an Indian guild.

The former Willow Mountain Fire Lookout was originally constructed in 1930 by the San Carlos Indian Reservation. The tower is a 20-foot two-story building of wood construction and is currently in extremely deteriorated condition. The tower is dangerous and unstable (Climb/explore at own risk). The Willow Mountain Fire Lookout was replaced in 1984 by the current Dry Lake Fire Lookout, located 15.5-miles to the southwest. The summit of Willow Mountain has areas of ponderosa pine. However, it is mainly made up of Gamble Oak and various low brush.

The summit of Willow Mountain is mostly a walk-about destination. However, a short off-trail hike to the northern edge of the mountain is available. It's easy, and you're already there... You may as well experience everything the mountain has to offer.

Overnight car camping is permitted on Willow Mountain. However, only two mediocre sites exist (lower saddle switchback and summit). A good car camping option located within the vicinity of Willow Mountain is an area southeast of Big Prairie near Pine Flat Tank off SC-1800. There's a nice large pocket of ponderosa pine out there, and the area sees minimal road traffic.

Willow Mountain is a great weekend adventure. If you've never experienced the San Carlos Indian Reservation, this destination may be a good place to start. The res seems like a different time and place. The central San Carlos Indian Reservation is the last frontier in Arizona. The feeling of remote isolation is unavoidable. You need to experience it in person to truly understand. Enjoy!

This is an extremely remote and exposed destination that sees very few visitors. The nearest cell phone signal is about 50 miles away. No services exist in Point of Pines. Use caution and discretion during ALL activities. You're on your own.

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2012-02-23 ssk44
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
San Carlos Indian Reservation Recreation Permit required.
Price, info & locations at San Carlos - Permits

Map Drive
Strictly 4x4

To walk/tour
From Globe... Highway 70 - SC 8 - Point of Pines (50 miles +/- from Highway 70) - SC 2010 (Located at a ninety-degree bend in the road off SC 8) - Destination

Note: SC 2010 requires a four-wheel drive with a low range. Most stock vehicles are sufficient. SC 2010 can become extremely muddy at Big Prairie during monsoon season.
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