Fall has fell according to the calendar. Now if the weather would just cooperate. We decided to hurry it along and took the green monster for a spin. This time we drove to Globe, turned left onto route 88 then took route 288 (the road to Young). The AC started having fits at Globe but we are hearty souls so kept going. Once we crossed the Salt River and got up the hill into the pines the AC wasn’t needed anyway. Forty three miles from Globe there is a turnoff for Workman Creek. So far the road is paved except for the last couple miles which is all weather gravel. The Workman Creek road is rough and narrow but still passable for a car all the way to Workman Falls. If you continue further on this road you might really want a high clearance vehicle.
Workman Falls is to the right of the road. Its just past the old bridge and the concrete barriers that keep the road from washing away. You can drive right past it if you are looking at the cliffs on the other side of the road. I believe there are old Salado Indian cliff ruins up there. Not visible from the road. So stop at the wide spot in the road and walk a few feet to the canyon edge and VOILA! Workman falls is right there. It must be spectacular during high runoff loke right after a rainstorm. Today there was just a trickle of water falling about 200 feet to a little pool below. Still really neat though. I cant load my pics for some reason so go to this site for some great ones http://www.experience-az.com/adventures/4wd/workmancreekfalls/photogalle… .
Continue past the falls for a few more miles and you wind around the mountain and end at the fire lookout tower on top. This is a tall steel tower. Unmanned today, maybe because fire danger is down to moderate because of the recent rain. You can climb up to just under the observation platform on top and get a 360 degree terrific view. Edward Abby worked a couple summers here when he first came west.
Uranium was mined around here up until the 1970’s and there are old mines around that you do not want to enter. The Workman Creek road has a few recreation areas for day use only. No overnight camping or you might absorb enough low level gamma rays to light up at night. I dont think you ought to drink the water in the creek or eat fish caught in it either.
This was a nice respite from our triple digit Temps in the Valley. Our ride home was a bugger though. I’m going to have to fix the AC or take the hardtop off the jeep. Maybe the doors too.
Will was here 9/23/14