In the Sierra Ancha Mountains
Workman Creek Falls and Aztec Peak are located in the Sierra Ancha mountain range, in the Tonto National Forest.
The first thing you should know about this hike is that there was a large forest fire that burned major portions of the trail. The Coon Creek Fire burned 10,000 acres in April, 2000. At the time I did this hike, many of the burned, fallen trees had not yet been cleared off of the trail. If your goal is simply to enjoy the great view from the top of Aztec Peak, you might be better off hiking up the dirt road, rather than the trail.
The elevation of Aztec Peak is 7,748'.
On a clear day at the top of Aztec Peak, you can see all the way from the Mazatzal and Superstition Mountains in the west, to the White Mountains in the east.
The writer, Edward Abbey, "had earned his living watching for fires from Government towers on the Grand Canyon's North Rim, on Aztec Peak in Tonto National Forest and in Glacier National Park", according to his obituary in the New York Times, from May 7, 1989.
Date of Hike: April 26, 2005
For more pictures of the Sierra Ancha Mountains area, click here.