Beautiful Aztec Peak Trail
Private Jeep Excursions Aztec Peak Trail Preview. Aztec Peak is a fire lookout at an elevation of 7,694 ft above the sea level, located in the Tonto National Forest, in central Arizona, USA. It’s the highest point of the Sierra Anchas Wilderness area.
The road to the lookout begins in the Salome Wilderness known as Workman Creek Road, starting off the Arizona 288-Globe Young Highway. The trail should not be attempted without a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle. Once passed the waterfall, Forest Service Road 487 is steep, narrow and scary for those afraid of heights.
The area contains naturally occurring uranium and radium-266. Do NOT enter any of the mines in the area. Many of these mines have radiation levels that would be enough to recommend that you “evacuate” the area.
The last part of the climb is a single-track forest road, steep and a little rocky in segments. FR 487 above the Falls Recreation Site is closed annually: December 15 – March 31. It’s a challenging road because the road has many twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging over the precipice. The summit of Aztec Peak is the site of a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout. The drive is definitely worth it fill with tall trees and beautiful vistas.
Scenes From the Trail
This off-road trail twist and turns up through beautiful forests and canyons. It takes you to the top of the Workman Creek Falls and provides views of Workman Creek Ruins. There is a watchtower you can climb up giving you stunning views from the vista point atop of Aztec Peak. There are many side trails and hikes to explore within the Sierra Anchas Wilderness area.