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Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ
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Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ 
Atascosa Lookout and Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,598 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.98 mph
2,598 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
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The Atascosa Lookout and Atascosa Peak have been on my radar screen for a while, so I decided to head south and hike up to both of them today.

We took the Atascosa Lookout Trail up to the old Lookout, which was destroyed by the Murphy Fire in 2011. We gained about 1,500 feet in elevation over 2.5 miles in getting to the lookout, and you will get a good workout on the climb. There were great views on top of the lookout, and it was fun being up there.

There is no trail going from the Lookout to the Peak, and we headed off to the NE to descend down from the Lookout. This was a bit steep and slippery in the early going, but it wasn't long until the terrain leveled off a bit. It was pretty finding a route over to the peak, although we had to do some rock scrambling along the way. There was a bit of easy class 3 climbing to get up to the Peak -- just enough to make for a fun climb! There were more awesome 360 degree views on top of the Peak.

We mostly went back toward the Lookout the way we came, but this time when we skirted the west side of the Lookout and hit the Lookout Trail not too far below the top of the Lookout. If I do this hike again, I'll take this route on the west side of the Lookout in heading over toward the Peak.

This hike was a lot of fun, and it is one that I would enjoy doing again someday.

The dirt road that the TH is one is pretty well graded(the Border Patrol keeps it in decent shape), and most any car can make it; however, you'll enjoy having a bit of clearance.
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