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Saint Peters Dome Wildlife Habitat Area, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 8,998 feet
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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3  2021-07-24 BobP
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26  2008-08-18 ssk44
author avatar Guides 20
Routes 12
Photos 2,321
Trips 293 map ( 835 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred Aug, Jun, Jul, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:29am - 7:19pm
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Cross-Country Loop
by ssk44

Likely In-Season!
The "Saint Peters Dome Wildlife Habitat Area" is located in the White Mountains 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 is no southern boundary due to FR117 and FR117A intersecting to a point.

Habitat Area Regulations/Information
This area is closed to the use of all motorized vehicles to provide a "quiet area" for wildlife free from vehicle disturbance and protect habitat components of vegetation, soils, and water. The Wildlife Habitat Area program is a cooperative partnership between the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Department to enhance habitat conditions and effectiveness for wildlife. This area is open to non-motorized activities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, hunting, and fishing.

No maintained trails exist within the habitat area. The hiking opportunities consist of off-trail 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 preferred seasons are summer and fall. Large aspen groves within the area offer beautiful color in September.

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 (see attached map). 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. This was a very diverse loop with lots of opportunities to view wildlife, including bear and elk. The quieter you are, the more you will see. 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 Saint Peters Dome Wildlife Habitat Area offers something for everyone. A short scenic nature walk or an ambitious adventure hike. The route is yours to choose, with the unknown being part of the adventure. Enjoy.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
To reach this area from Mesa Arizona, take Highway 60 to Show Low Arizona. From Show Low, take State Route 260 into the White Mountains to FR117, which is approximately 3.4 miles past the turn to Sunrise Ski Area. Drive north on FR117 approximately 7.3 miles to the posted general trailhead turn-out parking area at a meadow.

*There are numerous potential access options within the boundaries of the wildlife area, but this is considered to be the primary entry point with close proximity to Saint Peters Dome.

page created by ssk44 on Aug 18 2008 10:17 am
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