West Baldy Trail 94

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona

Elevation Gain3,281ft
Trailhead Elevation9,245ft
Elevation Min/Max9229/11204ft
Elevation Start/End9245/9245ft

West Baldy Trail 94

West Baldy Trail #94 is a hiking trail in Apache County, Arizona. It is within Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and Mount Baldy Wilderness Area. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 9,245 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,281 feet. Along the trail there are restrooms, parkings, and a spring. This trail connects with the following: East Baldy Trail #95, Apache Railroad Trail and Crossover Trail #96.

West Baldy Trail #94 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Reaching an elevation of 11,403 feet, the summit area of Mount Baldy features a subalpine environment not typically associated with Arizona. Gnarled krummholz trees grow here, as do a variety of alpine grasses.

Of course, the scenery is nice from this highest of the peaks in the White Mountains, but if your only intent is to “bag” the actual summit, you may be in for a disappointment. Because it is located just outside the national forest on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, access to the top is cut short by less than 0.25 mile."

"Ascending Arizona’s second highest mountain, this classic loop uses the Connector Trail and East Baldy and West Baldy Trails. Features include a cool aspen, fir, and spruce forest, alpine meadows, and the headwaters of the Little Colorado River."

"This is a scenic hike along two trout streams and the summit of Arizona’s second highest mountain. The east boundary of the White Mountain Apache Reservation runs along the summit ridge of Mount Baldy. The reservation is permanently closed to all entry, and violators have been fined and had their equipment confiscated.

Baldy Peak, the highest named summit, is within the reservation and is off limits to hikers. However, the actual high point of the mountain is a point along the ridge 0.4 mile to the north. This point is within the national forest and is open to hikers."

"Although small, the Mount Baldy Wilderness in the White Mountains is one of Arizona’s most popular wilderness areas. Slopes heavily forested with corkbark fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, and Engelmann spruce, five miles of trout stream, lovely meadows, abundant wildlife, and a cool, wet climate make Mount Baldy a favorite Rim Country destination among outdoor lovers.

So great is its popularity, in fact, that the Forest Service limits the size of hiking and equestrian groups to twelve and overnight camping groups to six. The 11,403-foot summit of Mount Baldy itself is on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation just outside the wilderness area. Sacred to the White Mountain Apache Tribe for whom the summit is host to mountain spirits, the peak is closed to outsiders. Trespassers may have their equipment confiscated or be arrested and fined. This trail guide covers an area with 14 miles of trails."

"A day hike to the top of the White Mountains. This popular trail begins along the bank of the West Fork of the Little Colorado River and climbs through lovely blue spruce forest and alpine meadows. During the short summer months, aster, fleabane, penstemon, cinquefoil, and iris bloom.

There is evidence of past glacial activity; glacial erratics, large boulders deposited by flowing ice, lie along the valley floor. As you near Baldy Peak, you are treated to spectacular vistas of the White Mountain region. Within 0.3 mile of Baldy Peak, you reach the White Mountain Apache Reservation Boundary. The Apaches have closed the last section of trail that ascends Baldy Peak. Trespassers have had their packs confiscated and have been fined for trying to sneak to the top of Baldy. For “summit baggers” though, all is not lost. Study the topo map closely, and you will see that the highest part of the ridge is not the conical summit of Baldy Peak (11,403 feet) but rather the unnamed area on Forest Service land to the north at about 11,420 feet."

West Baldy Trail #94 Reviews

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We backpacked in to camp for a few nights. This is a great hike, fairly level, only a few small uphills. Beautiful scenery. Suprisingly we were the only ones with dogs on the trail for the 2 days we hiked.
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A classic hike in northeastern Arizona. Arizona's second highest peak and I believe one of the most beautiful scenery around. The west fork of the Little Colorado appears and reappears often throughout this hike providing wonderful resting spots. The dense forests caused my GPS to loose its signal but worth that little inconvenience. The description mentions glacier activity and yes, this trail makes you feel like you are in a prehistoric forest with moss-covered conifers, fallen engelmann spruce and rugged rock formations. A popular trail so count on others around - at least in the first few miles in the open meadow areas, until the ascent begins....

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Trail Information

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Nearby City
Mount Baldy Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Baldy, Big Lake North
Local Maps