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Antelope Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,004 feet
Elevation Gain 842 feet
Accumulated Gain 842 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8.21
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Peak
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30  2020-08-29 outdoor_lover
11  2020-08-29 azbackpackr
7  2011-12-31 BelladonnaTook
5  2010-05-15 azbackpackr
5  2009-07-24 azbackpackr
Author azbackpackr
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 413
Photos 5,109
Trips 772 map ( 5,582 miles )
Age 67 Female Gender
Location Flagstaff AZ
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jun → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:05am - 5:08pm
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Short Workout with a 360 Degree View
by azbackpackr

If you're visiting Greer, Eagar, or Springerville, and you've been looking for a short "workout" hike a bit off the beaten track, climbing Antelope Mountain fits the ticket very well. A big grass-covered volcanic cinder cone is just north of State Highway 260, not far from the Greer turnoff. Featuring superb views in all directions, the 4-to-5 mile roundtrip hike is on both National Forest and State Trust Land, so technically, you'd need the State permit. (Do I have one? I'll take the Fifth...)


For a genuinely aerobic workout, you can hike straight up the side of the mountain... and trust me, it's steep! You can follow an old dirt road that goes to an abandoned radio tower on the 9003-foot summit for a somewhat easier route. This road is easily visible from Highway 260.

I did this hike one morning in late summer after the monsoon rains had blessed the grasslands for several weeks with much-needed moisture. A few short weeks earlier, this area had been quite drab and brown, was now bright and colorful. I could name but a few of the many kinds of flowers I saw that day: lupine, mustard, mullein, penstemon, paintbrush, globemallow, and many others dotted the hillside.

Forested only on its north-facing slope, Antelope Mountain's west, south, and east slopes are covered in grasses. Since these latter three sides receive a lot of hot sun and dry harsh winds, they have adapted to grasslands, whereas the steep northern slope is shadier and, therefore, somewhat damper and can support trees. Surprisingly, many trees live in the little patch of forest on the north slope, including aspen, fir, and Ponderosa pine. Those trees which have survived close to the summit are bent, bonsai-like, by the constant wind.

Named for an early pioneer, nearby Ellis Wiltbank Reservoir serves as a holding tank for water to irrigate some of the ranchlands and hay fields at lower elevations and provide water for cattle grazing. But for wildlife, it is also essential. Migratory birds such as ducks and geese find it a convenient stopover. Deer, elk, antelope, and smaller animals and birds drink from it as well. I spotted several hawks and kestrels, along with the ubiquitous noisy black ravens. And as I hiked, my ears were treated to the melodious but repetitive warble of the meadowlark.

The 360-degree view from the summit is well worth the effort of making the climb. Ten miles to the east, the little towns of Springerville and Eagar nestle next to Round Valley. That giant pink mushroom in the center of the two towns is the Round Valley High School Dome, where the students play basketball, volleyball, and football during the cold winters. Further to the east, the isolated peaks of western New Mexico are visible... I believe you could see Mt. Taylor if it's clear enough. Panning your vision in a broad arc, from west to south, you'll see the dark forests of the main spine of the White Mountains--its hills, peaks, and basalt lava rimrock. Mt. Baldy can be seen to the south-southwest, about 14 miles away, if not covered in clouds. About 7 miles due west is 10,133 foot Green's Peak, crowned with a "microwave forest" of cell phone and radio towers, plus a forest fire lookout tower. Pole Knoll is the forested hill in the southwest foreground of the view.

Since this area is mostly part of a cattle grazing lease belonging to Sug Peters of South Fork, PLEASE kindly leave any gates as you find them. A little respect goes a long way in engendering goodwill amongst various groups of people who visit and use the backcountry.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2009-07-24 azbackpackr
    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 $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

    Land Parcel Map


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    To hike
    From Phoenix take 87 to Payson, then SR 260 east to Show Low. Turn right at the light onto White Mtn. Blvd. which is also 260. Follow 260 through Lakeside, Pinetop, Hondah, McNary, etc. When you get to the turnoff for Greer you're almost there. Keep going straight another 0.8 miles or so, watch for a dirt road on the left. Turn into this road, a corral is visible. Drive to the corral and park. Antelope Mtn. is very visible to the north. Hike cross country and up the mountain or follow the dirt road.

    If you mapquest this it may tell you to go through Safford and up 191. This is an absolutely insane way to get there and it will take you all day. If you go through Payson and Show Low as I've described it will take about 4.5 hours or so.
    page created by azbackpackr on Jul 24 2009 5:02 am
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