Overview: Completely off-limits since 1988 due to the Mount Graham Red Squirrel Refugium closure. Plain View Peak is the 5th highest peak in the Pinaleno Mountains of southeastern Arizona. It is located 0.75 miles southeast of Mount Graham itself, at the top of Gibson Canyon. Plain View Peak was burned severely in the 2004 Gibson Fire, although there appears to be sparse aspen regrowth coming up in places among the thousands of burned logs.
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.
To hike From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 for approximately 21.8 miles to where the pavement ends. There will be a large paved pull off/parking area on your right. The 507 (dirt) fire road heads uphill to the northeast from the pull off area.