I’m not sure if this is the real name of the ‘hill’, but we think it suits. We were staying at Anthem at Merrill Ranch and out of our back window we could see the Anthill. It looked like it could be volcanic in origin and upon closer inspection found that there were a lot of volcanic rocks.
The Anthill is about a mile west of the subdivision and is accessible via a dirt road (Franklin Rd.). This road leads west then south almost parallel to the railroad tracks. There is another, closer road west of the tracks, but we’re not sure where it comes from.
The climb is not as easy as it looks. It starts gently and gets progressively steeper. At the top you’re actually scrambling, hands-on, probably close to 45 degrees. The upper portion is very boulder with a lot of loose rocks and boulders. What this means is that going up is easy (steep but short) but coming down is very tricky.
The hill is only about 300’ high but if you go slow enough and wander through the various cacti, you can make it last about 2 hours. Nice views from the top. Sturdy boots are recommended.
The Anthill is about a mile west of the subdivision and is accessible via a dirt road (Franklin Rd.). This road leads west then south almost parallel to the railroad tracks. Anthem is about 7 miles NE of Florence, AZ, on the W Hunt Highway.
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