Mount Baldy

Springerville, Arizona

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springerville
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,220 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,403 feet
Local Contacts: Springerville Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Baldy; USFS Mount Baldy Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Baldy

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12/27/2001
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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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