Escudilla Mountain

Alpine, Arizona

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This alpine hike takes you to the summit of Arizona’s third highest mountain, Escudilla Mountain in the Escudilla Wilderness. The Escudilla Mountain Trail starts up the south slopes of the mountain, and steepens is it begins to switchback through stands of quaking aspen. The final switchbacks lead into an alpine meadow with excellent views of Terry Flat to the south. At the north side of this meadow, the trail crosses Profanity Ridge, and then descends slightly into another beautiful meadow. Here, the Government Trail joins from the left (west). Our trail continues north and climbs through fir and spruce forest to reach the fire lookout. Be sure to ask permission of the lookout personnel before climbing the tower. The highest point of the mountain is actually 0.6 miles to the north.
Hiking Arizona

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Hiking Arizona

by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This alpine hike takes you to the summit of Arizona’s third highest mountain, Escudilla Mountain in the Escudilla Wilderness. The Escudilla Mountain Trail starts up the south slopes of the mountain, and steepens is it begins to switchback through stands of quaking aspen. The final switchbacks lead into an alpine meadow with excellent views of Terry Flat to the south.

At the north side of this meadow, the trail crosses Profanity Ridge, and then descends slightly into another beautiful meadow. Here, the Government Trail joins from the left (west). Our trail continues north and climbs through fir and spruce forest to reach the fire lookout. Be sure to ask permission of the lookout personnel before climbing the tower. The highest point of the mountain is actually 0.6 miles to the north.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,900 feet
Local Contacts: Alpine Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Escudilla Mountain; Apache National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Escudilla Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

8/5/2007
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This hike was great. Lots of high alpine forest, meadow. Beautiful walk through the Aspens. There is a lookout tower at the top, although on our hike the view was obscured by low clouds. It is a fairly strenous hike as the majority of the climb is in the first 3 miles. After that the hiking is easier.


12/27/2001
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I hiked this trail recently just at the cusp of autumn's end. A few of the abundant aspens were hanging onto their leaves must most of the trail was paved with gold and brown aspen leaves. The trail is a nice combination of uphill spurts and level terrain with beautiful views. A very uncrowded trail - I only came across one small group of equestrian riders and had a chance to see an elk herd at the edge of a meadow. During the summer and fall before the leaves fall the aspens create a beautiful backdrop of shimmering leaves that fill the air with a soothing sound. In late fall and early winter, the silence provides an excellent meditative hike! This is also a great hike to hear elk bugeling during rutting season in the early fall.



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May 2018