Wanted to do one last hike before heading back to the city of smog and heat and made a stop on last dirt portion of the Swift Trail. My spur of the moment trip and poor planning involved me hiking up a road I wasn't really sure where it lead to, I just knew the road led to some sort of high point but I had no idea it was Heliograph Peak. About halfway up the mountain and ran into a group of forest service members doing logging and road maintenance and at that time I asked where does the road go and what is the name of the high point it ends at?
He replys "Umm it's called Mt. Graham" I laughed in my thoughts at his response knowing that this was definitely not the HP of Mt. Graham and wondering why he was not more familiar with this mountain since he works for the Forest Service and all but oh well. He did mentioned there is a tower up there and that's when I asked if I may climb it and he said it's closed to the public but feel free to climb up at your own risk.
Once I made it to the top I got cell service, realized it was called Heliograph Peak and the proceeded to wander around the top of the peak.
The lookout tower and cabin were both built in 1933 and seem to be in great shape, both are still actively used by the FS today. I was eager to climb the tower to soak in the views and boy were they spectacular! I only made it about 80ft up on the tower just below the entrance to the actual lookout portion which was locked, however the scenery from whrere I was still quite the sight to see!
Pretty sure you can see well into New Mexico from up there and of course all the way down to the Chiricahua Mountains and surrounding area. Quite the sight to see atop of a mountain that has more vertical relief than any other in the state.
Made some phone calls and text messages on the summit before I headed down the peak and of course took one last good stare from the views that 10,000 ft in elevation have to offer. It was a nice little stroll to cap off a great trip in the Piñaleno Mountains.