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2021-09-26  
Fluted Black Oak Roof, AZ
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Fluted Black Oak Roof, AZ 
Fluted Black Oak Roof, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,542 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,542 ft AEG
 
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I bought a Navajo Nation backcountry pass, and decided to check out some fire lookouts: Roof Butte, Black Pinnacle, Fluted Rock, and Oakridge.

Roof Butte
Roof Butte has been on my target list for a while -- it is in the top 25 of Arizona Peaks for both elevation and prominence.

I could have driven almost to the summit, but I decided to park about a mile and half below the peak and make a bit of a hike out of it.

Some aspen leaves were changing, which added a nice touch to the hike. There are great views up on top so I spent a bit of time up there. There is an old lookout cabin there, but I doubt if it has been used in many years. The summit is about 1/4 mile east of the lookout tower.

Black Pinnacle
This one was a short but really fun hike. The lookout is no longer active, and it is perched precariously atop a rock pinnacle. There are some stairs leading to the tower, but you have to be creative to get up there. There are great views from the lookout.

Fluted Rock
Fluted Rock is another short but fun hike. The lookout tower is no longer active. There is a locked fence around the tower, but if you are creative you can get on the tower. HINT: The front gate is locked but the back entrance is ever-so-slightly ajar.

There are some nice views on the tower. On the way back I stopped and got on a rock outcropping which also had some nice views.

Oakridge
This one is a drive-up. The tower is in active service and there is a locked fence with barbed wire on top. I did not attempt to climb the tower, and there are no views down on the ground.

Synopsis
This was a fun day of exploring some of the Navajo Nation backcountry, although it was a lot more driving than hiking.
I enjoyed Roof Butte, Black Pinnacle, and Fluted Rock; Oakridge wasn't really worth going to though.

From where I parked you'd need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to get to Roof Butte and Black Pinnacle. If the road is dry, I imagine that a sedan could get to Fluted Rock and Oakridge, although you are on dirt roads so something with at least a little clearance would be better.

Stats for the 4 hikes are below. The totals above are the sum of the four.

Roof Butte: 2.9 miles with an AEG of 751 feet
Black Pinnacle: 1.2 miles with an AEG of 289 feet
Fluted Rock: 1.7 miles with an AEG of 489 feet
Oak Ridge: 0.2 miles with an AEG of 13 feet
Geology
Geology
Navajo Sandstone
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