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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
18 days 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!

Very pretty hike, not difficult at all . The trail was hit or miss in spots but if you stay close to the river you’ll be fine.

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.

Pretty hike. Did have to scramble over some fallen trees and rocks at times, but great hike nonetheless.

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.

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

Beautiful creek side trail.

hiking
3 months ago

great weather, good climb with views, and met a few hikers also enjoying this trail. made it a 4.4 mile loop coming off of 11th st in Eager to Flattop and return.

This trail has lots of scenic views and even contained what appeared to be a few bald eagle nests in some of the larger trees. To reach the trailhead simply drive south on 373 through Greer until the road ends. Parking and restrooms can be found at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not clearly marked and there are many alternate paths which can be taken during a hike. This makes the hike moderately difficult as finding a path through the brush can be tricky at times. This hike is very picturesque and the Little Colorado River meandering nearby affords ample opportunity for snapping some spectacular photos.

Beautiful trail. If you would like to enjoy vistas plan on about 8 hours for a round trip. The top can be under the snow even in May-June.

backpacking
7 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.

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.

This trail is nothing special. About a mile in is a beautiful open field where the "river" cuts through the heart of. This river is not big at all, it is maybe a small creek at best. After venturing through the meadow you will find yourself next to an incredible rock formation which you take a few switch back to get over. This leads to a field of spectacular rocks with a great view. The trail then goes back into thick forest where your calf muscles will be tested inorder to get up the mountain. The peak of Mt Baldy is on Indian reservation so it is illegal to truly summit the mountain, however, you will find a false summit near the peak where you have a decent view looking north west. Overall this trail did not impress me however the wildlife and vegetation kept it somewhat exciting.

backpacking
10 months ago

This trail is nothing special. About a mile in is a beautiful open field where the "river" cuts through the heart of. This river is not big at all, it is maybe a small creek at best. After venturing through the meadow you will find yourself next to an incredible rock formation which you take a few switch back to get over. This leads to a field of spectacular rocks with a great view. The trail then goes back into thick forest where your calf muscles will be tested inorder to get up the mountain. The peak of Mt Baldy is on Indian reservation so it is illegal to truly summit the mountain, however, you will find a false summit near the peak where you have a decent view looking north west. Overall this trail did not impress me however the wildlife and vegetation kept it somewhat exciting.

I love both the West Baldy and the East Baldy trails.

I used to hike this area a lot years ago during the fall grouse hunt. Very steep with lots of aspens. I have not been back in quite a while, and not since the Wallow fire at all. Great spot for fall colors with all the aspen trees it has.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice cool hike for mid-summer AZ, with lots of shade, a few remaining wildflowers and many butterflies. Mostly forest with one very nice view point looking SE about half way up. Another view point looking N closer to the end. Smoke from distant wildfires rolled in mid-afternoon.

Beautiful out there yesterday

hiking
11 months ago

Makes for a great trail run (5-6 miles) out and back. Plenty of small brown trout in the river if you're inclined to fly fish.

Beautiful trail! Did the whole Loop East to West and it was stunning!

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Directions provided by the link are NOT correct. From Highway 260 it is 17.5 miles to the right turn onto FR 116. It is 4.1 miles on a well maintained dirt road to the parking at Thompson Trail #629 on the right. The actual trailhead is about 100 yards further and on the left.

on Thompson Trail #629

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

An amazing gem! We hiked this trail last week and could not get over the beauty. Trail is 5 miles in and out and great for the dogs. The Black River runs along the trail so plenty of water for the dogs and for you if you bring a filter. You will drive on a dirt road for 4 miles before you get to TH. A car can make it but it will be bumpy and very dusty. We will be back again to explore more of the beautiful White Mountains.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Really fun trail, with a mix of meadows, forests, creeks, and rocky ridge lines. The grade up to the ridge line is not bad at all, and I saw numerous families with children along the trail. I usually associate Arizona with the more Sedona-type of geography, and this trail broke that stereotype for me completely. Great trail, and a great little region of Arizona.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great trail! Not good for first timers. Very scenic no peaceful. Lots of people going in both directions.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Easy hike and amazing views. The trail goes along the Little Colorado River. We didn't go a the way to the top but it worth taking this trail. We had the dogs with us and they had the blast, they were pretty much in the river all the way back and forth. The trail was not busy at,all, we met few people on the way and one couple was camping like 2 miles into the hike. The weather was amazing too so we stopped by the river and just relaxed before heading back to the parking lot. we got in around 1pm, out by 5 pm and we did not hurry, took the time to admire the views and enjoy the weather.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

I have never made it all the way and actually have no idea how far i have gone. I only know that my angel bride and I did the trail a few times in the mid to late 1990's with her daughter in tow so we always stopped after a few miles. We might have made it 5 miles but not sure. SInce Brenda became and angel I have done it again after 15 years a few times including taking her ashes to what I call Brenda's Meadow. A meadow on the right as you go up that is almost hidden. I saw wild turkeys running in it once. I don't know if I will ever make it further but treasure one of the most beautiful hikes on the planet earth.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Excellent for wildflowers in late spring and summer. Very flat trail for quite a distance, which makes for nice open views. Near the end it finally rises, offering nice views amid tightly packed trees.

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I have hiked this east trail twice now, and it is one of the easiest grades to walk that you can imagine. It is a long hike, but so easy to do. No real steep pitches anywhere along it. Just did one this past fall, 2016, and it had been a long time since my first trek. I had forgotten how nice this trail was. No real great scenic views until you get up on top by the reservation boundary. As most know, the actual peak of Mt. Baldy is off limits unless you are an Apache. The peak is on their land, and is sacred to them. You can apparently get permission before hand if you choose to. A worthwhile hike up there even if you can't summit the actual peak. I'll have to do the west fork trail some day just to see what it's like. Beautiful forest trail for sure.

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