Ascent of Lookout Tower Hill on 2016-06-29

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Tower Hill
    Elevation:9165 ft / 2793 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a nice walk through Aspens and pines to a tall lookout tower. My GPS showed .85 air miles from the starting point at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon entrance station to the tower. The actual hiking distance is 1.4 miles, since the access road has one large switchback. This distance can be reduced by bushwhacking cross country at the switchback, but there are a lot of downed trees off the road and I am not sure you would save any time that way. The 94 steps of the lookout tower can be climbed to a platform just below the tower's cabin which was locked when I was there, but you are high enough to see over the trees in all directions. I was disappointed, however, because I thought I would be able to see the Grand Canyon from the tower, but its rim was barely visible. Climbing the tower was scary for me since I have some fear of exposed heights and the ascent of the tower is quite open. I wouldn't advise bringing any children up the tower. They could fit under the single handrail into open air. I found a benchmark under the tower, but the GPS coordinates took me a few dozen feet to a spot north of the tower. This was a pleasant hike and the Park Ranger I talked to at the entrance station had no problem with me parking my car at the access road and hiking to the tower.
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Road Hike

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