Apache Railroad Trail

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,690ft
Trailhead Elevation9,167ft
Elevation Min/Max8993/9402ft
Elevation Start/End9167/9167ft

Apache Railroad Trail

Apache Railroad Trail is a hiking trail in Apache County, Arizona. It is within Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is 18.7 miles long and begins at 9,167 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 37.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,690 feet. The Sheep Tank (elevation 9,183 feet) reservoir is near the trailhead. Sheep Spring, Cold Spring, and other springs and the Railroad Tank (elevation 9,160 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Baldy Trail #94, Trail and Forest Road 112.

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Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing) (Wilderness Press)
Bruce Grubbs
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"The Apache Railroad Trail follows a section of the old Apache Railroad through the White Mountains and traverses beautiful alpine meadows through the high country. Originally built as a logging railroad, it survived as a tourist railroad until the late 1960s. The U.S. Forest Service, working with volunteer groups, recently constructed a recreation trail along the old railroad grade. The trail is open to horses, mountain bikes, and hikers. Roads closely parallel sections of the trail, so don’t expect a wilderness experience." Read more

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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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Trail Information

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Nearby City
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Additional Use
Springerville Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Contacts
Big Lake North, Mount Baldy, Greer, Greens Peak U.S.G.S.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018