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Absolutely amazing trail, loved it!

horseback riding
8 days ago

So green and beautiful but take an abundance of mosquito and fly spray.

Great trail with some of the best 360deg views around. Trail is well maintained. They have put up a fence around the lookout But still great views

Awesome trail. The only think I could say negative, is I got stung by a wasp or bee or something on my wrist. Hurt for a short time, Then all was good!

Loved this trail and it’s beauty! Easy to forget I was in Arizona in July! Beautiful views, wildflowers and meandered along a river. Do not hesitate to try this trail if you are wary of the “difficult” rating. We did 2.5 miles and back—easy for even a novice like me!

Just took my 5 yr old on this hike with the family. We caught a bunch of rain, but really enjoyed the hike.

It is a beautiful drive through some great forests. You can still see the damage caused by the wildfires several years ago. Very slow driving because of the many turns.

An amazing day hike. Beautiful views and wildlife sighting. If you go in the summer, be prepared for weather shifts. We got stuck in a thunder storm on the way back out.

loved this trail! Everything was so green and the stream was flowing strong. it is fairly easy but still a good workout. kids enjoyed it too. saw lots of butterflies and chipmunks.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike It's very well marked and offers a fair amount of shade. Not a lot of people. The dogs had a great time. Bring lots of water. We went through much more than usual

A beautiful easy hike along a small river.

Nice trail, high elevation does take some getting used to but as many note, absolutely beautiful, pictures do not do this one justice. will recommend to friends, and will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

great little hike. the wind always blows here so I was never hot. Be sure to stay in the main big trail. There's a little trail to the left about half way up that leads straight up the mountain. is steep and doesn't save you very much time. The main trail is beautiful and very moderate. Don't kill yourself hiking the trail, just have a good time.

Such beautiful scenery with a beautiful meandering creek. Lots of green. Wild strawberries! We ate along the way. And what were those blue trees? We went 10-11 miles round trip so not all the way, but good memories.
Stayed in Show Low the night before. Fantastic breakfast at Sweetheart Cafe before driving an hour to the trailhead. We were two families with plenty of kids on Fourth of July. Lightly trafficked trail that day. Finished the day with dinner and fireworks in Payson. Then a drive back to the valley. A wonderful day.

mountain biking
1 month ago

great trail but a little bit hard for me right now still recovering from triple bypass almost 6 months ago. should be killing it in no time.

My friend and I did this hike a few days ago and it was BEAUTIFUL! We started at the East trailhead and hiked all the way up to the connection to the West trailhead. This is by far, one of my new favorite hikes! The weather was perfect and it was just gorgeous! There are several stretches where you have to go over or under fallen trees, but I think it just makes the hike more exciting! ;) The thing I found most difficult was the elevation. I was definitely out of breath as we were ascending. It’s absolutely worth it though! :)

Done quite a few hikes in AZ and this one is my favorite. So beautiful! The river was running along side it once you get going down the trail. Refreshing and cool for a mid day hike. We had our dog (60 pound) and 2 kids (11 and 13). They all loved it. We took dips when we got too hot. I couldn’t get over how picturesque this hike was. The photos don’t do it justice. About half way you get to a big open field and it’s surreal. Very tall pines surrounding you, which make you feel so tiny. Kids loved doing echo at this part! We turned around at this part because it had been a long day and we had kids. I wish we could’ve seen the end but even the 3 miles we did were amazing. One terrible thing about the hike were the bees!!!! Oh my goodness the bees, horse flies and other flying bugs. We had bug spray on but it didn’t help a bit. They were terrible in the beginning part but started to calm down just a bit later on. I had to run most of the way back because I was being chased by a bee. Don’t let them stop you from doing this hike tho!
I would just be prepared for being annoyed.

Super fun trail. We camped at the LCR the first night, then near the summit the second night. Fun if done in a loop with the 3.5 mile crossover trail from east to west baldy or vice versa. Water was fairly abundant, even near the summit along the east Baldy trail we found a flowing stream. The map on here doesn’t guide you to the summit, near the top we found that this trail map was incorrect. Easy to figure out in the end though through trail signs. Highly recommend

Very nice trail! Not a lot of shade but enough to have a cool down when we needed one. Very nice beginner trail!

mountain biking
1 month ago

We took the recommendations of other reviewers and rode this clockwise, glad we did! Had a blast on a long rocky downhill which I can't imagine going up. We chose to take the shortcut which was a long steady uphill which had us huffing and puffing since we weren't use to the elevation. Strava said our ride was 7.5 miles. Saw a lone coyote out there.

hiking
1 month ago

Took our youth group (12-18 ages) on this hike. Very beautiful, sad to see the area where the fire came through. Hike was perfect for our group size. Would definitely go back again

Just completed the East trail, very nice established trail, Beautiful Mountain View’s. Forest is becoming very dry and dead bark beetle infested trees are falling all the time. It was a very enjoyable hike indeed.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a good hike for an out-and-back or a loop using West Baldy Trail #94 down and the Baldy Connector Trail #96 back to the #95 trail head at Gabaldon.

We started at Gabaldon Horse Camp, at the #95 trail head. No water on this trail, pack accordingly.

With 25-30lb packs it took us 2:40 moving time, 4 hours elapsed (wandering, a constitutional or two, enjoying views), to go the 7.1 miles, 2,220' elevation gain.

We assembled some water from the very few patches of snow at the top, but if you're camping on top like we did I wouldn't count on finding snow.

Two in our party camped in hammocks lined with Tyvek, sleeping pads, warm bags and warm clothes. They said it was cold. I would recommend a tent.

About 3 miles down the West Baldy Trail #94 you find water again if you go that way.

Overall I would do it again, but skip camping at the top. There's no views to be had up there so it's just high altitude forest camping. Though I hear there are views on the reservation land at the tippy top, we didn't make that journey.

Next time we'll hike up #95, down #94 and camp down towards the meadow on #94 for a 11 mile hike, give or take.

Beautiful trail!

hiking
2 months ago

We took a shorter route which was good today. This was a well marked and easy trail to hike. We did have GPS which is always nice to have. Only used the GPS when we were taking the short cut. As it gets warmer, getting an earlier start would be ideal. Will be back later for the full hike. Some of the hiking trails were beautiful with Buena vista views.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail! Close to downtown pinetop. Very well marked. Went counterclockwise about 3 miles and then turned around, beautiful views and only saw 1 other person the whole hike. Gradual up and down, nothing to steep. Great way to spend a few hours in the trees!

One of the best trails in the White Mountains. Starts out easy through open meadows along the little colorado river but becomes moderately steep as it climbs a mountain through huge ancient fir trees before it tops out at a granite overlook with views for miles. There is aircraft wreckage on the 11200 feet mountain next to Mount Baldy.A good trail to see mexican wolves.

Went 4/4/18 but there was still way too much snow at about 5 or 6 miles in. Beautiful hike nonetheless, I'll be back soon.

mountain biking
4 months ago

As long as it hasn’t rained in a few days this is a great trail. One of my favorites.

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