|Hiking||8.00 Miles|| 4 Hrs 30 Mns || ||1.78 mph|
|2,100 ft AEG|| || || |
Having been curious about this trail, I planned to check it out on the way home from working in Show Low. The mid-May monsoon had eased up, and it looked like it would be a decent afternoon when I arrived. A mom, dad, and a baby were hiking out as I headed up the trail, otherwise I didn't see anyone until the Escudilla Trail. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, and so is the trail, despite being "unmaintained". Arriving at the meadow on top of Escudilla, the skies were looking a bit nasty, but a thunderstorm never developed. On top, Don the lookout man and I talked for awhile up in the tower, watching ragged clouds drift by and admiring the mind-blowing view. I didn't have time for an Escudilla loop, but that gives me a reason to come back
Heading down, I saw 3 backpackers coming in, before I turned back down Government. Got back to the trailhead at dusk, bought a sandwich in Alpine, then headed for home through Luna and Glenwood. This is an outstanding hike and I highly recommend it!
|"I don't believe I'm where I'm going, not by many a mile." -Tom T. Hall|