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. It’s the highest point of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness region. This off-road trail twist and turns up through beautiful forests and canyons. It takes you to the top of the Workman Creek Falls. At the summit there is a watchtower you can climb up (seasonal) giving you stunning views from the vista point atop of Aztec Peak. There are many side trails and hikes to explore within the Sierra Ancha Wilderness region.
- Trip Outline
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. It’s the highest point of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness region. This wilderness area is some of the most pristine land in all of Arizona.
Workman Creek Waterfall
Our route to the summit lookout begins in the beautiful Salome Wilderness along Workman Creek Road. There is a seasonal waterfall here we will stop and view. The falls run after there has been a strong rain storm or after snow melt.
The last part of our climb is a single-track forest road, steep and a little rocky in segments. The summit of Aztec Peak is the site of a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout tower. The drive is filled with tall trees and beautiful vistas. During the fall the changing of the leaves along this trail are simply spectacular.
Roosevelt Lake Vista
This is a short side trail we will explore to a great vista point with Four Peaks in the distance, Roosevelt Lake below, and a side view of a breathtaking canyon.
Within the Tonto National Forest is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. There are countless trails that lead you to incredible scenic vistas but none quite like the one leading to Parker Point. The trail will lead us along the normally dry Parker Creek eventually leading out to a breathtaking canyon 800 feet above the Tonto Basin region. Along the canyon rim are several vantage points to walk out to capture some stunning photographs.
This trip is not offered during the winter from December 15 through March 31 due to a seasonal trail closure.
Aztec Peak Day Trip
Time : 7:00 am
DepartureMeet in and Depart from Fountain Hills. (Hotel Pick-up Included)
Travel to Aztec Peak
Travel TimeTravel both on-road and off-road to Aztec Peaks takes 3 hours one way. We will stop at a number of scenic locations to view the sights, hike, and explore.
Roosevelt Lake Vista
View the LakeFantastic view from the Salome Wilderness looking down at Roosevelt Lake in the distance.
Canyon Butte ViewEnjoy a stunning view atop a beautiful red rock butte looking back at Four Peaks 30 miles away.
Workman Creek Falls
Time : 11:00 am
Waterfall ViewingDuring our scenic drive we will stop and explore the beautiful Workman Creek Falls on our way up to the top peak vista point. (The falls run seasonally.)
Time : 1:00 pm
360 Degree Incredible Views!Explore the Aztec Peak vista point and watchtower. This location has stunning unhindered views in 360 degrees on a clear day.
New Trail ExplorationEvery time I venture into this wilderness, I always explore some new trails I have not traveled on before. Let's explore the unknown together!
Optional DinnerYou will have the opportunity to eat dinner at one of the small cafes in Tanto Basin.
Time : 6:00 pm
Drive HomeDrive on-road for 3 hours to return back to Fountain Hills or to your hotel.
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