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Burnt Mountain

Summary: A steep hike to the top of a seldom climbed peak that is composed of black basalt. Burnt Mountain is located on the outskirts of the Big Horn Wilderness northwest of the small town of Tonopah.
Directions: From Phoenix, head west on I-10 to exit 94 and 411th Ave. Head south a short distance then turn right (west) onto Indian School Road (zero your odometer). After 3.7 miles Indian School becomes a well graded dirt road. At the 4.8 mile point (shortly after passing a cow crossing sign), turn right onto a small unsigned road (note: if you hit milepost 2, you've gone too far). The road travels north, then travels through a small tunnel beneath I-10. Turn left on the other side, then left towards Burnt Mountain (large power lines will be off to your right). The road crosses the CAP canal at the 8.2 mile point then arrives at a gate. Pass through the gate (closing it behind you) and park at any convenient location.
Road Conditions: High Clearance Vehicle
Navigation: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Date Hiked: March 2012
Weather Conditions: Sunny and Nice
Required Skills:
Hike Description:

There's not much to say about this hike. From the parking spot, simply walk cross country to the base of the mountain, then climb it. Keep going up until you can go up no more. From afar, the hill looks like it's composed of a pile of basalt cinders, but in reality, the rocks are fairly sizeable and are quite stable for the most part, making for good footing throughout the hike. At the top, you'll find a small register located in a glass jar that was placed in the early 1990's. The paper is getting pretty fragile, so someone following these directions may want to replace it with a small spiral notepad (the smaller the better). The peak sees very little visitation - the last signature was dated 3 years before our arrival.

Rating (1-5 stars):
A friend and I completed the hike to the summit of Burnt Mountain and back in about 4 hours at a medium pace. .
Maps: Click here for a map of Burnt Mountain.
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Big Horn Mountain.

The peak from below.

Looking up from the shoulder.