|White Mountains Wander II, AZ|
|White Mountains Wander II, AZ|| |
White Mountains Wander II, AZ
|1,719 ft AEG|
|This was day #2 of my 2 days of hiking and driving in the White Mountains. I made it to these peaks and trails:|
* Williams Valley Lookout
* P S Knoll
* Reno Lookout
* Gobbler Point
* Escudilla Mountain Trail
Williams Valley Lookout
There was supposedly a "crow's nest" fire lookout here back in the 1920's, but it is long gone.
This was mostly a road walk to get to the former lookout area, but close to the top there was lots of deadfall and some thick vegetation to plow through. There were no views at the top, so as a destination this one is underwhelming. The walk through the woods to get there was pleasant though, and there were a few yellow aspens to see on the way.
P S Knoll
The hike to P S Knoll is a short one on a forest road. I saw 12-15 elk while hiking up the road. There is a cool fire lookout tower on top of the knoll, and I enjoyed this short hike.
I could have driven all the way up to this lookout, but I parked down at the Trailhead for Reno Trail #62 and walked up the road. There is a nice lookout tower there, and I enjoyed climbing up it.
Back in 2011 there was concern that the Reno Lookout would be destroyed by the Wallow Fire:
June 1, 2011: "A fire started a few days ago just a couple miles from Reno Fire Lookout (the Wallow Fire) on the A-S National Forest (AZ). It is romping and as of yesterday Reno completely disappeared into the smoke. Awaiting news as to the fate of the tower." (Zeyn O'Leary, Rose Peak Lookout)
June 2, 2011: "The Reno Lookout is safe. A successful burnout operation was done around the tower. Next worry...the town of Alpine. Fire is now 40,000 acres +. It moved 7 miles last night." (Zeyn O'Leary, Rose Peak Lookout)
There was supposedly a wooden fire lookout of some sort on Gobbler Point back in the 1930's, but nothing remains of it.
This was a not too exciting road walk -- I could have driven further and on the hike back I wish that I had. There was nothing but brushy vegetation at the high point, and there were no views.
Escudilla Mountain Trail
I did not get here until late in the day, and I was only able to hike up to a little over 10,000 feet due to daylight disappearing. The aspens were awesome on Escudilla, and I am sure glad that I got to see them. I wish that I would have had enough time to hike up to the lookout.
With the aspens being in peak form, the Escudilla Trail was the champion of this hike. I enjoyed going to both the P S Knoll and Reno lookouts. There wasn't much to see atop the Williams Valley Lookout or atop Gobbler Point though.
Distance and elevation gain for these hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of these.
Williams Valley: 5.1 miles with an AEG of 463 feet
P S Knoll: 1.2 miles with an AEG of 226 feet
Reno LO: 1.1 miles with an AEG of 262 feet
Gobbler Point: 4.3 miles with an AEG of 394 feet
Escudilla Trail: 1.6 miles with an AEG of 374 feet
||Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
The aspens were peaking on Escudilla Mountain and were amAZing. Aspens elsewhere had their moments, but were mostly isolated/moderate.
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|