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Saint Peters Dome Wildlife Habitat Area, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Alpine > Show Low
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,024 feet
Elevation Gain 605 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,425 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.13
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes
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5  2010-05-26 azbackpackr
26  2008-08-18 ssk44
Author ssk44
author avatar Guides 19
Routes 12
Photos 2,250
Trips 274 map ( 830 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   Aug, Jun, Jul, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:03am - 6:22pm
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Named place Nearby
Cross-Country Loop
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Likely In-Season!
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.

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2008-08-18 ssk44
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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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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 3.40 miles past the turn to Sunrise Ski Area. Drive North on FR117 to FR117A approximately 3.25 miles and turn right. Drive Northeast on FR117A approximately 3.75 miles to the starting point of our route, which happens to be a good place to park. The GPS coordinates for the parking area are (034 degrees, 07', 38.19" N / 109 degrees, 32', 3.14" W). The main roads in the area, including the ones listed are maintained "all-weather" roads that do not require four-wheel drive.
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