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Mount Logan Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Mount Logan Wilderness

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Mount Logan Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 14,650 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

Geologically speaking, Mount Logan was an active volcanic area until only recently. Today, this spot in northwestern Arizona is sort of a local secret, not appearing on many maps. Just south of Mount Trumbull Wilderness and north of the Grand Canyon and within Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, this remote mountain region features basalt ledges breaking ponderosa pine forests (with some virgin growth) on the upper climbs, with piƱon and juniper on the lower, steeper rocky slopes. In the northern portion of the area, Mount Logan rises from just short of 5,000 feet, within the Wilderness boundaries, to 7,966 feet. A large, natural, and colorful amphitheater known as Hells Hole occupies Logan's western side. Below Hells Hole lies Hells Hollow, suggesting someone had a devilish time naming the landmarks in this scenic country. One half-mile of a maintained hiking trail leads to a scenic overview of Hell's Hole. Views of Whitmore Canyon leading to the north rim of the Grand Canyon can be obtained from Mt. Logan.

Mount Logan is not quite as steep as nearby Mount Trumbull. Many small rodents inhabit the area, sharing their turf with mule deer, mountain lions, wild turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, spotted skunks, porcupines, and Kaibab squirrels. Backpackers and hunters are among the few, infrequent human visitors to explore Mount Logan Wilderness.

Climate in the Arizona mountains varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations generally receive much more precipitation and much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. Summers at the high elevations bring warm daytime temperatures with cool nights. Low elevations often experience very hot summer temperatures. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. The winter and early spring months bring snow and sometimes cold temperatures to the highest elevations but frequent clear, sunny days. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations - a great time to recreate in these snow free areas - allowing both winter and summer type activities within very short distances.

Planning to Visit the Mount Logan Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Mount Logan Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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