|Armer Mountain - C-47 Memorial Site & Armer BM, AZ|| |
Armer Mountain - C-47 Memorial Site & Armer BM, AZ
|Hiking||6.30 Miles|| 6 Hrs 22 Mns ||1.64 mph|
|1,763 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 32 Mns Break|
|(A bit long - Sorry about that)|
(At least read the last portion about protecting the memorial paperwork).
Armer Mountain is north of Roosevelt Reservoir, and has a couple bits of unique history.
Timber was harvested there in the very early 1900s, for the purpose of building Roosevelt Dam. The harvesting went on for a couple years, and a rudimentary road was built to facilitate this endeavor. Now, over 100 years later, that mountain road is barely recognizable.
The other noteworthy event was a plane crash in the early 1950s. A military C-47 cargo/passenger plane crashed into the side of Armer Mountain, killing all twenty eight people onboard. After reading the accident report and a couple other detailed reports, my opinion is, this fatal accident never, ‘ever’, should have happened. It was totally preventable.
(Sorry for the soap box - I despise preventable, aviation accidents).
Kingsnake recently uploaded to HAZ, some info about a memorial plaque that was established next to the south-southwest cliff band, so I decided to go up and look around. That’s the area where the C-47 impacted the side of Armer.
Also, on the high point of Armer Mountain, lives a USGS survey triangulation station, appropriately named “Armer”.
Of all the Armer Mtn triplogs and photosets on HAZ, no one has mentioned seeing the Armer benchmark disk, so I continued from the C-47 accident memorial area to the top of the mountain. Locating a disk that’s in a boulder “flush with the ground”, in a pine forest full of leaves and debris sounded like a good challenge.
The first part of the hike starts on that defunct logging road (FS152) that mostly uses a drainage named Rose Creek. Once near the southern cliff band, the road makes a 90 degree turn, out of the drainage and works its way up the mountain. Yes, if you squint, you can see parts of the road - Part of the time. It’s covered in alot of vegetation now.
I actually did not use the road from the memorial site to the top of the mountain. Instead, I stayed near the cliff band, peering out and down, looking for wreckage. I saw none, and I didn’t think I would. The big pieces of wreckage were removed, and the rest is hidden in vegetation below the cliff band.
I did use the remnants of the logging road going down from the high point.
The accident memorial plaque etc, is a very nice tribute to the 28 “souls on board” that perished that fateful afternoon. The memorial looks rather new, and I hope it holds up for many years. Also, at the memorial, there’s a large zip-locked bag with many pages of good information about the accident, plus the ziplock has many photos for your viewing.
Yes, I located the benchmark atop Armer. Good for me.
The rocks for the cairn on the high point were scattered all over the place, and the known summit log is gone. I did re-erect the cairn, however.
I have a favor to ask anyone going up Armer Mountain.
The large zip-locked bag by the accident memorial needs much better protection from the elements.
Please bring a waterproof container, large enough to hold folded or scrolled-up 8.5 by 11 paper, and put the paperwork & photos in the container. The way it is now, the paperwork etc will never make it long-term, with the zip-locked bag secured by just a rock.
Send me a PM via HAZ and I’ll give you detailed info on where the memorial site is located.
Also, let me know how much money the container cost you, and I’ll reimburse you the cost.
Enjoy the photos.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|