Apache Railroad Trail

Show Low, Arizona

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This hike follows the old Apache Railroad grade through the scenic high country of the White Mountains. The trail is open to hikers, horses, and bicycles but closed to motor vehicles. Follow the old railroad grade north as it cuts through the rolling alpine meadow northwest of Big Lake. This high plateau is formed from basalt lava flows, and the volcanic origins of the White Mountains are evidenced by the cinders underfoot. All of the hills and mountains in this area are old volcanoes.
Hiking Arizona

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Hiking Arizona

by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike follows the old Apache Railroad grade through the scenic high country of the White Mountains. The trail is open to hikers, horses, and bicycles but closed to motor vehicles. Follow the old railroad grade north as it cuts through the rolling alpine meadow northwest of Big Lake.

This high plateau is formed from basalt lava flows, and the volcanic origins of the White Mountains are evidenced by the cinders underfoot. All of the hills and mountains in this area are old volcanoes.

©  Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Show Low
Distance: 19.1
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,400 feet
Local Contacts: Springerville Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Big Lake North, Mount Baldy, Greer, Greens Peak; Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Apache Railroad Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/10/2008
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This trail, as well as all of the Baldy trails are closed for road construction on highway 273. 273 is the road from Sunrise ski area to Big Lake. This trail is open from the trailhead on highway 260 to just a half mile or so past the intersection with Forest Road 87. If you are familiar with the trail this intersection is where the trestle bridge is. It is not quite spring in the White Mountains, nothing was greening up or blooming and there is still snow on north faces or shaded areas. The trail was snow free, but all around. All in all, a very enjoyable morning of hiking.



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