Lookout Tower Hill, Arizona

Prominence: 338 ft, 103 m

Elevation: 9165 feet, 2793 meters

True Isolation: 0.08 mi, 0.13 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9169 ft / 2794 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)36° 20' 13'' N, 112° 6' 19'' W
36.336958, -112.105251 (Dec Deg)
400810 E 4021890 N, Zone 12 (UTM)
This peak has 3 other candidate high point areas:
AreaElevationMap NameMap View
Main Summit9165Little Park Lake
Lookout Tower9160(+40)Little Park Lake
Area #49106Little Park Lake
Area #39100Little Park Lake
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionCoconino

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 98
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1971-05-29 by Joe Stawasz
     2007-07-28 by Scott Surgent
     2009-09-29 by Dennis Poulin
     2010-06-13 by Ken Jones
     2011-07-22 by Eric Kassan (GPS Track)
     2012-08-25 by Peter Stone
     2012-08-25 by Twm Stone
     2012-09-09 by Howard Y
     2012-11-16 by Bob Bolton
     2014-10-19 by Don Raether
     2015-09-14 by Brian Thomson
     2016-05-29 by Marc Cassalina
     2016-06-29 by Dennis Stewart
     2016-10-10 by Eric Schafer (GPS Track)
     2018-05-22 by Dustin Erickson
     2018-05-23 by Adam Walker
     2018-05-23 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2018-09-22 by Fallon Rowe (GPS Track)
     2018-11-03 by Greg Gerlach
     2019-06-05 by Gary Neben
     2020-10-16 by TJ Kodras (GPS Track)
     2020-10-17 by Steven Wagoner
     2020-11-27 by Douglas Harris (GPS Track)
     2021-07-14 by Mike Gourley (GPS Track)
     2022-05-15 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)

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The highest point in Grand Canyon National Park is in the generally flat forest near the Lookout Tower located just east of the North Rim park entrance. There are actually four 9160-foot contours in the area:

  • #1 is the lookout tower, spot elevation 9165.
  • #2 is the large contour to the north. Most visitors report this to be the highest ground, and GPS appears to confim this observation--it's about 10 feet higher than the base of the tower.
  • #3 is a tiny little contour. Field observations indicate that there is no significant topography here.
  • #4 is the southern part of a large contour that extends south from higher ground north of the park boundary. GPS readings show that the northern part of this contour, just south of a gravel road, is 50 feet lower than areas #1 and #2.

I believe that visiting the tower and then bushwhacking to the northern part of area #2 should be enough to claim credit for the Grand Canyon National Park High Point. One can park near the ranger residence just east of the North Rim entrance, and then hike the gated road to the tower. The bushwhacking to the likely high ground is somewhat difficult due to downed trees and brush, but the distances are short.

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Grand Canyon North Rim lookout tower (2012-08-25). Photo by Peter Stone.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 338 ft/103 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 338 ft/103 m
  Key Col: 8827 ft/2690 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.08 mi/0.13 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 36.3358, -112.105
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Kaibab Plateau High Point  (S)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Intermountain West
Range3: Colorado Plateau
Range4: Grand Canyon Plateaus
Range5: Kaibab Plateau
Drainage BasinsColorado
Gulf of California
Pacific-Central America/Mexico
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Grand Canyon National Park (Highest Point)
Topo MapLittle Park Lake O36112c1 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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The register at the "summit" at 9165 (2019-06-05). Photo by Gary Neben.
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