username
X
password
register
for free!
help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Generic
250 Photosets

2021-11-02  
2021-11-02  
2021-10-24  
2021-10-22  
2021-10-10  
2021-09-28  
2021-09-10  
2021-09-05  
2021-08-30  
2021-07-24  
2021-07-11  
2021-07-10  
2021-06-01  
2021-05-27  
2021-05-21  
2021-05-19  
2021-05-16  
2021-05-15  
2021-04-18  
2021-03-26  
1,  2,  3,  4,  5 ... 13  
West - Blue Jay - Merrill, AZ
mini location map2021-10-10
23 by photographer avatarDixieFlyer
photographer avatar
page 1   2
 
West - Blue Jay - Merrill, AZ 
West - Blue Jay - Merrill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,248 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
2,248 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners

West Peak and Blue Jay Peak
I parked at Turkey Spring, and walked up the forest road to West Peak. There were nice views at the Peak, and I enjoyed being at the summit.

I left West Peak the same way that I came up, and then took a road over to the south side of Blue Jay Peak, and then bushwhacked up to the summit. There were a lot of trees at the summit, so views were limited. I found the summit register, which does not get many entries.

After descending down from Blue Jay back to the road, I followed the road back to my car.

Here is an interesting anecdote wrt the West Peak Lookout:
June 26, 1964: "A few months away from civilization may seem like an ideal situation at times--until it becomes a reality.
"It doesn't bother me," claims Robert Lee, who spends two to three and a half months in a remote Graham Mountains spot each year scanning for possible forest fires.
But he has seen non-drinking fire-watchers plunge into a two-week drunk after a lonely month in the forests. Others just pack up and leave without word--or bothering to pick up their pay.
Lee is a little more fortunate than some of his co-workers. He heads a three-man post and there is usually someone to talk to.
This, however, doesn't do away with the loneliness of the job, according to Lee, who has seen about a dozen men walk off their posts during his six years at West Peak.
Helping Lee man the 50-foot high lookout tower this year are Burr McRae, a senior at Brigham Young University, and Leroy Long, a senior at the University of Arizona." (Tucson Daily Citizen)
Merrill Peak
After leaving Blue Jay Peak and driving to Safford, I decided to head up past Mount Graham and hike to Merrill Peak. I parked at a pullout near Riggs Lake, and went off-trail to the Merrill Peak summit. It was a somewhat steep climb with a bit of deadfall here and there, but it wasn't a bad ascent. I returned the way that I came up.


Synopsis
West-Blue Jay: This one involves a 50 mile drive on rough dirt roads for a 6 mile hike. When do we leave?

Merrill: This short but steep hike has some nice views on top, and is worth doing if you are in the area and don't mind off-trail hiking. Given the remote location, most won't want to make the long drive solely to hike Merrill Peak.

Distance and elevation gain for the two hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the two.

West-Blue Jay: 5.8 miles with an AEG of 1,749 feet
Merrill: 1.1 miles with an AEG of 499 feet
_____________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
HAZ Member
DixieFlyer's
476 Photosets

  2021-10-12
  2021-10-11
  2021-10-10
  2021-10-09
  2021-10-08
  2021-10-07
  2021-10-01
  2021-09-26
  2021-09-25
  2021-09-24
  2021-09-23
  2021-09-20
  2021-09-15
  2021-09-10
  2021-09-08
  2021-09-07
  2021-09-04
  2021-09-03
  2021-08-31
  2021-08-29
1,  2,  3,  4,  5 ... 24  
helpcommentissue

end of page marker