Escudilla Wilderness Trails

Alpine, Arizona

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In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold writes eloquently and regretfully about a government trapper’s killing of what may have been one of the last grizzly bears in Arizona. Although Leopold and other foresters had never actually seen the grizzly, they had seen bear signs: huge tracks beside muddy springs and a grizzly-killed cow, its head reduced to pulp, “as if she had collided head-on with a fast freight.” Mourning the grizzly’s loss, Leopold writes: “Escudilla still hangs on the horizon, but when you see it you no longer think of bear. It’s only a mountain now.” Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced to Arizona in the Blue Range Primitive Area not far from the Escudilla Wilderness, and at some distant future time the grizzly may be restored to the wildlands along the Arizona- New Mexico border. In the meantime, all we’ve got is a mountain, but what a mountain it is. This trail guide covers an area with 3 miles of trails.

Escudilla Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold writes eloquently and regretfully about a government trapper’s killing of what may have been one of the last grizzly bears in Arizona. Although Leopold and other foresters had never actually seen the grizzly, they had seen bear signs: huge tracks beside muddy springs and a grizzly-killed cow, its head reduced to pulp, “as if she had collided head-on with a fast freight.” Mourning the grizzly’s loss, Leopold writes: “Escudilla still hangs on the horizon, but when you see it you no longer think of bear. It’s only a mountain now.”

Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced to Arizona in the Blue Range Primitive Area not far from the Escudilla Wilderness, and at some distant future time the grizzly may be restored to the wildlands along the Arizona- New Mexico border. In the meantime, all we’ve got is a mountain, but what a mountain it is. This trail guide covers an area with 3 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Trailhead Elevation: 8,700 feet
Top Elevation: 10,912 feet
Local Contacts: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Alpine Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Escudilla
Driving Directions: Directions to Escudilla Wilderness Trails

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May 2018