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hiking
4 days ago

This trail was much more then I expected. As it is Fall right now, the aspen trees are changing their colors to a golden yellow. Very cloudy out, and left before the rain started to fall. Very green pine trees, yellow grasses, and a little bit of the wildflowers left. Easy hike, very quiet as we saw very few people. We crossed the creek once. Mt. Baldy wilderness has many recreational opportunities. Definitely adding this area to our bucket list! Great place to hike!

Great hike! Nice rain, not that many folks know about this wonderful place.

We loved this hike. We basically had the entire hike to ourselves on a Sunday morning. Well maintained, spruce, Aspen at every turn, we will return. Not sure if the distance shown above is accurate, as the signs seem to contradict these numbers, but it was a great hike. Highly recommended.

Nice trail for most of the way up. Fallen trees on trail were a challenge. The view from the top is beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautifully scenic hikes in Arizona. We both clocked just over 15 miles, however taking the trail from the old ranger station barn site campground, to the right, all the way around following the white diamonds and the all trails and map my hike apps. It hailed on us in the last mile, so we were very grateful to get in the car out of the lightening and pelting hail. the 7 mile dirt road was pretty washed out fast as we drove back into town early Sunday Afternoon. Perfect day and lots of good photos. Surprised no Elk sightings, only a few cattle.

hiking
1 month ago

So amazing! Between the rock formations and the green surroundings, this is my new favorite trail. Highly recommend starting early to avoid storms. They rolled in by noon today. We made it back just in time!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing greenery due to a month of rain. Hiked in rain and hail but had proper gear. #94 was not strenuous. It got sloppy with the rain but very worth seeing the view at 10,400 and the old growth pines.

Absolutely amazing trail, loved it!

horseback riding
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

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.

I started from the north end of the trail. there were a lot of cattle on and around the trail. that was fine, except it seemed like I was chasing them. the day started a bit cloudy. I turned back hoping to miss the rain, that didn't happen. if I were to hike this trail again, I would start on the south end.

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.

A beautiful easy hike along a small river.

mountain biking
3 months 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.

mountain biking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 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.

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.

mountain biking
6 months ago

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

best of the white mountains i would rate it as difficult in the first four miles pretty steep but beautiful climbs a mountain through huge ancient fir trees then tops out at a granite vista with views of many miles

hiking
8 months ago

We went in February so it was a bit cold but that was expected. This was an amazing trail with bits of snow patches and a very well marked trail system. We used our GPS quite a bit to make sure we stayed on the trail and that helped. This would be an amazing trail to do in the spring, summer or fall. We will be back.

Nice Trail to Ride

11 months ago

Love this trail. We even saw a small herd of horses. The mares were interested in our horses but the stallion quickly diverted them.

This is definitely a worth while drive, but be sure to allow plenty of time. It is slow going as there are endless switchbacks and sharp corners along the road. In fact, there are many places where you probably won't be going any faster than 20-30 miles an hour due to this. Very scenic, with access to lots of side roads and trails all over this national forest. I've done this drive many times, both directions. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, this is your road as it has lots of twistys!! If going south, you will start up in the high country around Alpine. Forest, lakes, streams, meadows and an elevation of around 9000'. And it will drop all the way down to Clifton which has you back in the desert. When you get close to Clifton, the highway actually goes right through the Morenci Copper mine there. You actually have to stop for Haul trucks that cross right over the main highway. It's pretty surreal. And the mine is HUGE. It is the largest open pit copper mine in North America, and the 3rd largest in the world. It is in stark contrast to the beauty this drive has at higher elevations, but is something to see regardless. This is a good way to see how dramatic the vegetation changes in AZ. From cactus to tall pines, or vice versa. Be aware of the weather in winter though, the upper reaches of this road can be treacherous after a winter storm. And there is literally no services for miles and miles!!

backpacking
11 months ago

Did this as a loop in early November with West Baldy Trail, using the 3.5 mile crossover trail. No water source on East Baldy Trail at that time, but found water on West Baldy Trail the next day. Pretty hike, trail is very well maintained. As other people have mentioned, the ascent is strenuous but doable. Day 1 on East Baldy Trail we made it to within a mile of the peak with 25lbs backpacks in about 6 hours. We found a few nice campsites with premade fire rings. Day 2 we finished the ascent and started the descent on West Baldy. Again found a nice campsite next to the West Fork of the river with a premade fire ring about 2.5 miles from the West Baldy Trail head. Day 3 finished out the descent and completed the loop on the crossover trail. Crossover trail is 3.5 miles and a bit more strenuous than we thought it would be. Overall a good 3 day 2 night backpacking trip.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Not too strenuous at all a few hills but nothing too major. Very rocky. Very long took us 4 hours to do the whole loop, we did take a few breaks. Several spots with great views for photo ops. Make sure you follow the white diamonds and you cross over a few dirt roads. There is also a shortcut about 4 miles in - follow the white diamonds with the yellow dot, I'd say this cuts about 4 miles off the 9.3 but I'm not sure, just a guess but it is a significant shortcut

Monday, September 04, 2017

Beautiful scenic hike with multiple locations to look east toward Escudilla and Big Lake. Closer to the end of the hike, the forest has been devastated by the wood beetle. Well maintained trail and worth the trip.

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