Escudilla National Recreation Trail

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Escudilla Wilderness Area

Escudilla National Recreation Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eagar, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.9 miElevation gain1,479 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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33.94714, -109.12158

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 Alpine: Drive 5.5 miles north on US 191 to Forest Road 56. Turn right on Forest Road 56 and follow it 3.6 miles to Terry Flat. Take the left fork past Tool Box Draw 0.5 miles to the trailhead.

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Sima Mostafaei
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Drive to the trailhead is long and all gravel, took us about 20 mins to go 3.5 miles. It was cold with a howling wind so make sure to dress warm and wear long sleeves. We encountered downed trees from the fires from the start which required us to climb up and over the whole way. The ascent is 3 miles but took longer than expected because of all the trees blocking the trail. The climb to the tower is also deceiving, as it appears you are almost there but keeps on winding up and gets steep. While not a long climb, the conditions and altitude did make it slightly more challenging than a moderate hike. Views from the top are stunning!

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Steve Barrett
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Hiking

Great hike! Had the trail to ourselves. Lots of downed trees crossing the trail but navigable.

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Nicholas Shadid
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Robert Sulzbach
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Today was the first time we've hiked Escudilla since the Wallow fire, so it was a pretty sad seeing all the destruction. That being said, the area is still beautiful and the views are stunning. The recent snow made it more challenging but also added to the scenery

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John Jones
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Fishing

Great Hike! Perfect weather and good mix of ascent and flat. High recommend!

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Isabel Osmundsen
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HikingBlowdown

Not a bad hike, physically. (I went a few months ago before I had AllTrails, early June.) Highly recommend NOT going on during a Red Flag Warning!! That wind made me so nervous with all the dead standing trees creaking and swaying. When I reached the tower it made me unsteady on my feet trying to take pictures. Otherwise, I would have been able to focus more on the views! I'm sure it was much more gorgeous before the Wallow Fire, but Profanity Ridge and the aspen were nice. A few trees to climb over when I went.

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Ryan Ramsay
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Hiking

Perfect autumn hike!

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Kent Anderson
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OHV/Off-road driving

Lots of great views

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Leroy Goats
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Great trail with super views. Some desdfall in beginning 1/2 mile. Take water!

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Traci Romo
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Hiking

I do not think it was a moderate hike, it is very rocky most of the way and a very healthy incline. The last climb before the tower is extremely rocky and again pretty steep climb.

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Wendy West
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Hiking

This was probably one of the most stunning places in Arizona prior to the Wallow Fire. I was sad that I hadn’t hiked it before. The views were still amazing. My husband and I are older but just took it slow and completed it to include the tower in about 3 1/2 hours. It was surprisingly warm and exposed so wear hat,sunscreen and take lots of water. We saw about 10 people on a Saturday.

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Suzanne Wright
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HikingGreat!

I would rate this as a good moderate hike. It is never really steep but it is a constant climb. The aspen filled areas are beautiful and I think the burned out areas are amazing as well. The. it's from the saddle and the top are fantastic. We only came across 6 other people the whole time so you are really out there in nature with no distractions.

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Alexis Stark
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Hiking

Well kept trail, the perfect moderate hike. Took it slow to bird watch along the way. Lots of warblers: MacGillivray’s, Yellow-Rumped, Virginia’s, Townsend’s, Hermit, Nashville, and Orange Crowned. Great views!

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Kara Calloway
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Hiking
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Sandee Peterson
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Hiking

Fantastic!

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Jeannie Hosmer
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this trail this morning. Someone previously complained about the trees on the trail. Almost all of those have been cleared and the ones that were not are easy to get by. I, personally, would rate this as a difficult trail, mostly because of the elevation.

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Betsy Mckenzie
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Barbi King
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Hiking

Love this hike for the scenery, wildlife and unbelievable views on the trail up and from the summit. In August 2019 I hiked this with my 14 year old nephew and 75 year old mother. No issues for either of them! The hike is a bit of a tease - you can see the tower and think you’re almost there when in fact you’ve another 1/3 of the trail to overcome. It a feeling of “ well, we’ve made it this far, let’s just keep going” and another hour passes before you’re up. Watch your time! If you’re hiking during July or August I recommend tucking a poncho in your Camelbak; the wind blows in the clouds and the weather changes quickly and it can be chilly with light hail at times. Keep your camera ready. Hiking down we came upon a small herd of elk where the Bull was in velvet & rusting for my phone scared them off before I could capture the unbelievable sight. I hike this yearly and it’s something new every time!

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Lindsey Crooks
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HikingBugs

Nice quiet trail up the mountain. Parts of the trail had beautiful tree lined paths. Other parts were wide open from fire damage. Saw a horny toad & lots of signs of elk.

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betsy W
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Hiking

Been hiking this trail since before the Wallow Fire. The scars are still evident, but the healing is heartening. Crews have been clearing the annual deadfalls, so the way was mostly clear. Had a light, cool breeze today that cleared the air, which really enhanced the 360 degree views from the top! Elk were plentiful. Lots of great birds, butterflies and moths. I love this trail. I give it 4 stars only because of the burn.

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Jennifer Wamboldt
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Hiking

Steady uphill climb for 3 miles, 1st mile full of dense Aspen then gradually get to burn area. Lots of open areas now with all the downed trees, interesting to see the new growth of course.

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Andre Christenson
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HikingGreat!

A pretty nice hike. Not too steep, well marked trail, and beautiful views most of the way. However, there are a lot of dead trees that occasionally fall across the trail during the last mile or so.

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Sara Middleton
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Hiking

The first half of the trail didn’t seem to affected by the Wallow Fire. Once you get to the saddle the view of the wildfire remains were very disheartening. Looking south you could see smoke from the Bingham fire. I hadn’t hiked this trail since before the big fire. It was still a wonderful hike and the views just as spectacular as ever!

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Mark Bartlett
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HikingBlowdown

This is a short hike and not too strenuous except for the altitude. Lots of aspen growing in the burn areas and quite a few blowdown trees in the last mile.

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Joan Fabiano
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HikingBlowdownScramble

This is unique trail. It requires you to either crawl over or under multiple downed trees because of the Wallow fire, the largest fire in Arizona history. All those trees have broken limbs like small daggers all over them, I got gouged when crawling under a log so be careful. Besides its an ascent so it may take you longer than you expect. However, the results of the fire also makes it unique as the changed landscape is both ethereal providing more beautiful views but also sad In addition the wind cries through the naked trees like shrieking banshees! 10,824 at the Summit Loved it. Challenging and beautiful Follow our RVing adventures Facebook: Apackof2 for the Road Instagram: apackof2fortherd Twitter: Apackof2fortheRd Joan & Miss Emme Lu Who "Apackof2 for the Road"

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Arthur Hirschfeld
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Hiking

Lots of downed trees across the trail in sections but not too bad. Trail is snow free to the tower at the top.

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