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East Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Globe, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,594 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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Getting There

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Globe: Travel south on Forest Route 112 for about eight miles to the Lower East Mountain Trailhead.

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Erik Fish
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Really enjoyed this for trail running. Great views. Saw mule deer and cougar prints on the trail. Turned around and backtracked at the four mile mark so couldn’t figure out why it’s listed as a 7.1 loop. Lady Badass’ review helped me find the actual trailhead. Apple Maps took me to trail 200. Needed to drive up the dirt road approximately another 1.5 miles to the sign that says 214 East Mountain.

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Ultimate lady badass F
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I really enjoy ridgeline trails so the start of this hike was epic with the views of the southeast. Eventually half way you descend down and end near the creek which was refreshing for our doggy. We chose to exit at trail 200 and walk back up the road to our truck. Tapping the directions button from the AllTrails application (then using google maps) DOES NOT take you to actual trailhead start. It dumps you at the start of trail 200. Make sure that you continue road 112 and drive past Pioneer Pass campground and thr campsites about 1.5 miles and there you will see the saddle and the sign for trailhead 214 east mountain and be able to park. Considering we got started late it was still nice to escape the hundred degree weather of central Phoenix for may 24 2020 the weather and breeze was a nice escape.

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Colleen DeRose
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As others have said, beautiful views along the trail and from the ridge line. At 9 am start, trail was shady to the top, but half sunny on the way back. Icy creek still running over the rocks to the East Trail sign. We had no trouble finding trail 200 and sign for East trail, but could not find the loop trail back down, had to backtrack. Neither was there any trail indicator near the beginning if you wanted to take the right fork of the loop from just beyond the trailhead. We skipped most of the ridge top trail, getting warm.

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Robert Herzog
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Did this trail without the peak scramble. Good views to the NW, then to the E and the S. Turn around is at a cattle fence. A bit further you get a sneak peek to the south. Trail has variety in terrain, views and vegetation.Drove sedan up on Ice House Canyon road from Globe.

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Brian Kordansky
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The directions to the trailhead are exact and correct. Stunning forest hike that is more moderate than hard until you get to the point where you are required to go off trail to get to the summit of East Mountain. This trail is a classic forested, switchback trail that climbs steeply, but gradually. The trail and road to the trailhead are in great shape. There are no route finding issues or problems with the trail being overgrown. The hike, forest, views and really everything about the Pinal Mountains are very distinct and unique from the hikes to the west and north in the Superstitions. This is a forest with Ponderosa Pine as the primary species. The one warning I have is about climbing to the summit of East Mountain. There is no trail, it is very steep and the views are just so-so compared to what you see on the trail proper once you hit the ridgeline. Climbing down was harder than going up.

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Mark Fitch
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HikingBlowdownOff trail

Did this hike today. The AllTrails map is completely inaccurate. It will take you off trail almost immediately and lead you on a bushwhacking wild goose chase. It needs to be replaced with an accurate trail map. Despite that this is a great hike. Staying on the obvious trail will get you happily there and back.

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Rick Howser
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GPS directions leave you several miles short of the actual beginning of the trail. Keep on going up the hill until the end of the road, and you will see a sign on the left, I believe it is state trail 214. Good hike but poorly marked so stick to the trail and do not deviate. There is no real ending, and trails branch off at multiple points so be aware of where you came from. Good views and a fun hike, but easy to lose the trail, and since there is no real end you will have to decide when to call it quits otherwise you'll never stop walking.

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Dana Sturm
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Struggled to find the trail. Kind of ended up on a different trail.

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Richard Le Mieux
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Just got back from the Appalachian Trail and a few more on the way home to Globe. There were some Arizona Conservation Corps members working on the East Mountain Trail as we started. The trail begins near Pioneer Pass and even at midday it remains mostly in the shade of Ponderosas. The views along the ridge are refreshing to the soul and the elevation gradients are not too difficult. The trail surface is mostly crushed granite. If I had a wish it'd be for a perennial stream nearby. After all these miles it's so nice return to the Pinal Mountains!

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Jaime McAdams
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This trail was hard to find, but worth it! We had a great time, and they allow dogs (on leash). The vistas were terrific!

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Austin Poe
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Nicole Newman
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Smash Crown
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Sarah Bentz
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Douglas Hodges
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Gabe Kussman
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Lindsay Anderson
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Matthew Lapierre
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Gene Guthrie
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Kelly Scanlan
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Colton Schubert
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Tanner Lopez
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Kitzie Cribbs
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Mark Fitch
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Sush Narula
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JR Langworthy
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Dennis Wells
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