The "Saint Peters Dome Wildlife Habitat Area" is in the White Mountains, located within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The boundaries for the wildlife area are FR118 to the North, FR117A to the East, and FR117 to the West. There really is no Southern boundary due to FR117 and FR117A intersecting to a point.
No maintained trails exist within the habitat area. The hiking opportunities consist of cross-country loops or utilizing a large number of closed roads within the area. This is a truly beautiful area with an average elevation of 9,000' with peaks going as high as 10,100'. Temperatures in August typically range from 50 at night to 73 during the day.
The cross-country loop that I chose was approximately 6 miles with elevations ranging from 8,667 to 9,629 with a total climbing feet of 1,425. This may not seem like much of a hike but when you live in the desert, a hike like this feels more like 10 miles. It is best to plan on a little less distance and total-climbing feet than you normally might do when hiking above 9,000 feet. I did this particular trip with a good friend of mine in August 2008. This area receives a lot of rain and is always very green in August. This was a very diverse loop with lots of opportunities to view wildlife including bear and elk. The more quite you are, the more you will see. Although the hike profile might not reflect it the best way to climb Saint Peters Dome is a ridge on the Northeast slope due to elevation contours that are a little more user friendly. The route is yours to choose. With the unknown being part of the adventure. - Aug 18 2008 ssk44