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If you like fire lookout stations and muddy roads, you'll love this trail. While the southern portion is muddy and rocky, the funniest part of this trail is easily accessed until you reach the gate that stops you from driving all the way to Turkey Butte Lookout Tower. The remaining trip to the tower will require hiking up a steep dirt road, and depending on who is manning the tower you may or may not be allowed a tour.
You can find Turkey Butte Lookout Tower in the deeper parts of the western portion of Coconino National Forest. The easiest way to get through the maze of forest roads in the area is to take Woody Mountain Road / FR 231 from Flagstaff, south onto FR 538, then continue south to 538D. You can also get there from Highway 89A via FR 535 then Fry Lake Trail / FR 536, which will drop you off right at the intersection with East Pocket Road / FR 231 and FR 538.
Southern half of the loop, 538D south of the 231a intersection, suffered a recent burn. It was very muddy and bumpy. The northern half is in very good condition with a few mud holes, but easily driven in 2WD.
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I joined TrailsOffroad because it combines my three favorite hobbies: Off-roading obviously; I've also been blogging for most of my life - even before it was done on the internet (ever heard of a dial-up BBS?) - and even wrote a political column for Examiner.com for a few years; I also have experience with building websites and promoting on social media. These experiences made writing for Trails Offroad a good fit for me, and I've been enjoying it very much.
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