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Ascent of Lookout Tower Hill on 2012-08-25

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone -- Trip Report or GPS Track
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Tower Hill
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:9165 ft / 2793 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked in the lay-by behind and adjacent to the North Rim entrance station despite the Park Ranger on duty being initially a little cagey about confirming that this was the best place to park if we wanted to visit the tower (we later found out from a Ranger at the Visitor Center that the Edward Abbey connection has previously attracted some undesirable types of people - I thought highpointers were bad enough!).

Ignore the signs "Private Residence" and "Service Road Only" and walk up the track towards a house, but veer around to the left, past the locked forest road gate, and continue on the easy track, co-incident with the Arizona Trail, to the high point. The summit area is completely forested and includes the lookout tower and a delapidated hut previously used by author, environmentalist & anarchist Edward Abbey (within which is a remarkably preserved dead porcupine). The metal frame of the tower is a little warped and scary to ascend but gives great views once one gets above the trees to the Big Ditch and the San Franscisco peaks to the south (the lookout cabin itself is locked).

We didn't find any summit register but visited the adjacent equivalently high contour areas.
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Grand Canyon North Rim lookout tower (2012-08-25). Photo by Peter Stone.
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