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East Baldy Trail #95 to Hoodoo Overlook, AZ

Guide 12 Triplogs  1 Active Topic
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,373 feet
Elevation Gain 815 feet
Accumulated Gain 855 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.35
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
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54  2019-08-29 hiking_arizona
Author hiking_arizona
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 2
Photos 75
Trips 9 map ( 33 miles )
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Preferred   Jun, Oct, Jun, Oct → Early
Seasons   Summer to Early Winter
Sun  5:07am - 7:32pm
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Fabulous shorter Baldy Option
by hiking_arizona

Likely In-Season!
Get a taste of the Mt Baldy Wilderness when you don't have the time or energy to reach the 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.

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.

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2019-08-31 hiking_arizona

    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To East Baldy Trailhead
    From Phoenix area take highway 87 to Payson, then 260 to Sunrise junction, then State Road 273 about 10 miles to turn off for East Baldy Trail. On topo, it is between Gabaldon Horse Camp & Lee Valley Reservoir.

    Start at the paved lot.

    Snow Plowing
    Highway Department typically plows Highway 273 past the ski area until December 31 but after which road is gated till often mid-April. Contact the Springerville highway department office at 928-333-4495 for the latest info.

    Google Maps Search: East Baldy Trailhead, Greer, AZ

    The East Baldy Trailhead can still be found on some maps under its former name of the Phelps Trailhead.

    Very unusual but if the lot is full please there is a secondary unpaved trailhead next door at Gabaldon Campground. It 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.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 3 h 58 min (223 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 4 h 29 min (233 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 3 h 8 min (187 miles)
    page created by hiking_arizona on Aug 31 2019 7:31 pm
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