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Abbey's Way Trail #151, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,886 feet
Elevation Gain 847 feet
Accumulated Gain 861 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.67
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🔥 2016 Juniper Fire30.6k
🔥 2000 Coon Creek Fire9.6k
🔥 2000 Coon Creek29.6 mi*
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*perimeter length in miles

Let's play another round of Black Bess
by joebartels

Baker Mountain was homesteaded by real country hicks: Peterson's Life Story. Edward Abbey (1927-1989), an environmental writer, worked for two seasons as a lookout at Aztec Peak and referred to it in one of his books.

Abbey's Way Trail #151 ascends the southwest slope of Baker Mountain to Aztec Peak. It was a beautiful mixed conifer forest surrounding the trail until the 2000 Coon Creek Fire and 2016 Juniper Fire advanced the cycle of life. While large stands of pines have been wiped out, it is not a moonscape. Sierra Ancha means wide mountain range.

Abbey's Way leaves Workman Creek Road (FR 487) at the Peterson Trailhead, there is little signage. It is wise to have the Official Route loaded on your device as the first few strides have historically been overgrown but easy to decipher if prepared. The trail heads northeast around a mountain meadow. The meadow was part of the Peterson Ranch homestead ~1914 to 1939. The trail then climbs directly up the former Ponderosa Pine and Douglas-fir covered slopes of Aztec Peak towards the lookout tower. The trail wraps around the peak and meets FR 487 at the top of the peak.

Flinstone furniture minutes to the southwest is a great spot for a break or lunch with outstanding views.

Aztec Peak via Abbey's Way 151 Loop is a great option. Enjoy abundant distant views along the road in the upper half without constantly keeping your eyes on your footing.

Extended Off-trail Options
Albeit enjoyed as-is by most, off-trail options include Baker Mountain in full or a shorter off-trail hike over Murphy 7732 to Reynolds Creek Trail #150 for fabulous extended trail network hiking over Center Mountain.

FR487 Gate
Typically closed December 1st thru April 1st. Check with Tonto FS. In recent years, the road has been in need of repair and closed to vehicular access. Hiking the road or hiking Parker Creek Trail #160 are two common alternatives to access.

As of September 2022, this trail has been cleared of deadfall and brush, get out and enjoy it. It is rich in history with plenty of options to extend the little trail. Temperatures are consistently 15-20 degrees cooler than in the Phoenix metro area. My first backpacking trip was along #151.

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2022-09-19 joebartels

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    To hike
    West End: Peterson Trailhead
    From State Hwy. 288 drive east on Forest Road (FR) 487 for 31/4 miles. There is parking for several vehicles on the west side of Forest Road (FR) 487 across from the trail.

    East End: Peak
    Near the end of Forest Road (FR) 487, a short distance from Aztec Peak Lookout Tower

    FR487 Gate
    Typically closed December 1th thru April 1st. Check with Tonto FS if the extra 1.3 mi each way is too much for your hiker's legs.
    page created by joebartels on Nov 24 2012 12:00 pm

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