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Monday, March 9, 2009

BIG LAKE LOOKOUT

BIG LAKE LOOKOUT Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
UPDATE:
This trail was impacted by the WallowFire on June 4, 2011. This scenic spur route leaves the Indian Springs Trail at a signed junction located about a half-mile from the trailhead. Adding a heart-pumping extra mile to the loop hike described below, the short but steep trail leads to a 30-foot-tall, 1930s-era fire tower. Situated at 9,415 feet, the tower is anchored into a rocky outcropping high above the Big Lake recreation area. Forest rangers are on duty there from May through July and they’ll sometimes invite visitors up to visit. However, it’s not necessary to climb the lookout’s rickety metal stairs to enjoy excellent views. LENGTH: 2 miles round-trip (if done as an out-an-back hike from the trailhead). RATING: moderate ELEVATION GAIN: 315 feet GETTING THERE: see Indian Springs entry below

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