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Arizona Fire Lookouts II, AZ
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Arizona Fire Lookouts II, AZ 
Arizona Fire Lookouts II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,089 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
1,089 ft AEG
 
I decided to head down to the Chiricahuas and hike to a couple of fire lookouts that I had not been to before. On the way back to Phoenix, I took a detour and went to the Johnny Ringo gravesite.

Sugarloaf Mountain LO
This is a nice little hike within the Chiricahua National Monument. The gravel trail contours around the side of the mountain on the way to the top. Along the way, there are nice views of the pinnacles in the park.

The lookout cabin on top is still intact, and appears to still be used; however nobody was there when I was there. The lookout structure was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

This is a nice hike to do if you are visiting the Chiricahua NM.

I did not see anyone else until I was almost back to the TH -- someone was coming up the trail wearing sandals without any water. Thankfully the temperaure was 75 instead of 110!

Barfoot Lookout
The Barfoot LO is atop Buena Vista Peak at the north end of the Crest Trail.

I started from Barfoot Park and went on a marked trail that led up to the Crest Trail at a junction at a saddle south of Buena Vista Peak. I then took the Crest Trail up to the Barfoot LO at the summit.

The road to the Barfoot LO is a bit rocky toward the end of it, although I saw a sedan at the TH. However, I think that I'd at least want an SUV to make the drive.

The trail from Barfoot Park was slightly overgrown, but not bad. There was one place where I had to gingerly climb over an uprooted tree.

The Barfoot LO was built by the CCC in 1935. Sadly, it was engulfed by the Horseshoe Two Fire on June 2, 2011. All that remains of the LO is the concrete foundation.

There are nice views at the summit, so this one is worth checking out imho.

Johnny Ringo Gravesite
This is an easy nature walk to check out a bit of Arizona history.


Stats for each of the 3 hikes are below. The stats above are the sum of the 3.
Sugarloaf: 2.0 miles with 487 feet of AEG
Barfoot: 1.8 miles with 595 feet of AEG
Ringo: 0.1 miles with 7 feet of AEG
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