Fabulous shorter Baldy Option
Get a taste of the Mt Baldy Wilderness when you don't have the time or energy to reach trail's end/jct at mile 7.5
This is an often missed option & gem of a hike especially for those who are only familiar with the nearby West Baldy Trail #94 which this trail intersects/reaches at mile 7.5 and wants a great 2.5-mile one-way option of a hike.
This hike initially follows the East Fork of the Little Colorado River as well as some often lush meadows for about 1.5 miles before a 900-foot climb to some beautiful hoodoos and incredible views of the Mt Baldy Wilderness as well as the surrounding area from the nearly 10,200-foot overlook.
The East Baldy Trailhead can still be found on some maps under its former name of the Phelps Trailhead
Very unusual but if lot if full please note there is a secondary trailhead ( unpaved ) next door at Gabaldon Campground which is reserved for horse camping but there's a small dirt area for general parking. The trails merge within a quarter of a mile of their respective starting points.
Snow can be problematic sometimes as early as mid-October and present on the upper portions of the trail as late as June.
Large Groups Not Allowed
This trail is part of the Mount Baldy Wilderness area and as such the US Forest Service has a group size maximum of 12 hikers & a maximum of 6 for overnight backpacking.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.