WS Mountain Loop

Alpine, Arizona

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This loop takes you through a remote section of the Blue Range Primitive Area. The hike starts by crossing the Blue River, which flows through the heart of the wild area, and then climbs over WS Mountain and traverses a section of the Mogollon Rim through fine stands of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and quaking aspen. From WS Mountain, you’ll have outstanding views of the northeastern section of the Blue. After a heavy winter, snowdrifts may block the highest section of the loop until late May. The lower sections of this route, near the start and end, are hot during June and July. Warning: If the Blue River is flooding high, abort the hike and do not attempt to cross the river.

WS Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This loop takes you through a remote section of the Blue Range Primitive Area. The hike starts by crossing the Blue River, which flows through the heart of the wild area, and then climbs over WS Mountain and traverses a section of the Mogollon Rim through fine stands of ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and quaking aspen. From WS Mountain, you’ll have outstanding views of the northeastern section of the Blue.

After a heavy winter, snowdrifts may block the highest section of the loop until late May. The lower sections of this route, near the start and end, are hot during June and July. Warning: If the Blue River is flooding high, abort the hike and do not attempt to cross the river."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 23.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,220 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best June–October
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Alpine Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, P.O. Box 469 Alpine, Arizona 85920, (928) 339-4384 www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf
Local Maps: Bear Mountain, Blue U.S.G.S., Blue Range Primitive and Wilderness Areas U.S.F.S.
Driving Directions: Directions to WS Mountain Loop

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8/21/2007
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i hike this trail every fall. it is a classic. great trail, plenty of water, and beautiful scenery.



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