Ascent of Gila Lookout on 2018-02-27

Climber: William Inman

Others in Party:Carmela A. Porcella
Audrey Procella
Date:Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gila Lookout
    Elevation:2630 ft / 801 m

Ascent Trip Report

Down in the Phoenix area with wife and mother-in-law and really wanted to post something before the end of February. So I used the Peakbagger Query tool to find the 200 peaks within 35 miles of the center of town. Then I looked for something that could be driven to. The result was the Gila Benchmark, and I wrote down driving directions off Google Maps.

I had not realized it was inside a park with "entrance shacks" and ranger pickups. But the shacks seemed un-manned, and also did not see anything indicating a fee was required or anything. Only made one wrong turn, resulting in going to the "Buena Vista Lookout" first, but fortunately it wasn't far out of the way - maybe a half a mile or so. Soon, we found our way to the intended goal, where I got out of the car and walked around in the middle of the parking lot trying to cover enough ground to have a good chance to hit the highspot in the dome shaped lot.

On the way down, we stopped at the Dobbins Lookout too, where there were outhouse facilities and more good views.

Not a hike at all, but I've found that the drive-up highpoints and peaks can still have their own charm, and still provide a certain type of satisfaction, as well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:.... summit rd. and tv road
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot  2629 ft / 801 m
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:... summit rd. and tv road
    End Trailhead:Parking lot  2629 ft / 801 m

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