Horse Trailer Parking At Push Mountain Fire Tower
Point 32 Details
2.1 mi. between 31 & 32
Horse trails, hiking
Access to horse trailer parking at Johnson Road. Fire tower is
across the road.
Directions - Look for a drive apron and an old wood sign on the right with white
letters saying "Wilderness Information and Horse Trailer Parking", and the
standard brown road marker with FSR 91024B on it.
Road Names - Johnson road,
FSR 91024B. This is a dead-end logging road in active use as of fall
Where Does It Go? - The road
dead-ends about 2.1 miles down. You can walk the road. A short distance down is a food
Horse Trailer Parking - On
one side of Hwy 341 is the horse trailer parking spot. Across the road at the base of the
old fire tower is more trailer parking. The trails are to the left of the fire tower.
Horse Trail does not enter the Leatherwood
Wilderness Area. You can access the Sylamore Horse Trail from Johnson road, but you have
to ride beside the highway. To access the Sylamore Horse Trail: From Johnson road it's 2.1
miles by highway roadside to Barkshed Road for the southern leg, and 4.3 miles beside the
highway to McGowan Road where the northern leg starts. You can ride in the grass in
almost all spots beside the highway, but there are a couple of short spots you'll need to
put your animal on pavement.
Leatherwood Wilderness Horse Trails - These
trails run through areas where no motor vehicles of any kind are allowed. In fact no
mechanized vehicle of any kind, such as mountain bikes, are allowed. Only foot and horse
traffic is allowed. This is a rugged and remote wilderness. The trails are suited only for
horses and mules. There are no maps for these trails. We have not hiked them, have not
seen them, and therefore have no knowledge of them other than that they exist. The trails
are not marked, not maintained, not easy to see, and usually are ridden only by locals who
know where they run. However, the trailhead for Leatherwood horse trails is at Point 32 on
the 2Cooleys map at the Johnson Road horse trailer parking area at the old fire tower
site. Please note that if you venture into the Leatherwood, and if you have any type of
emergency, you are at high risk of not being found. There are no roads. Hiking out will
not be easy. Cell phones do not work in the Leatherwood. DO
NOT RIDE ALONE IN THE LEATHERWOOD WILDERNESS AREA!
Back before satellites and GPS
technology was in place, rangers spent the day in fire towers looking for any smoke
signaling a forest fire. This tower is not climbable, and the bottom has been cut out, so
you can't get up in it. Around the base is the old station house site. In May and early
June this is a good place to look for wildflowers.
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