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East Baldy Trail #95 to West Baldy Overlook, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 5.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,373 feet
Elevation Gain 1,500 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.4
Interest Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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9  2020-09-20
Mount Baldy Loop
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Trips 9 map ( 33 miles )
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Preferred   Jul, Oct → 6 AM
Seasons   Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  6:08am - 6:11pm
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Overview
This perch is a 1-minute detour off the official trail on a well-worn spur with views of West Baldy Trail #94 & meadows from above. Keep in mind, the East & West Baldy trail junction offers zero views. This is the only high perch viewpoint on Mt Baldy near an official trail.


Warning
This trail is part of the Mount Baldy Wilderness area. The US Forest Service has a group size maximum of 12 hikers & a maximum of 6 for overnight backpacking.

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 at mile 2.5 ( nearly halfway and only 600ft AEG to the perch at mile 5.4 )

Deadfall
Trail deadfall is usually cleared by July 4th. Check with the Springerville USFS office for current trail conditions or recent trip reports here on HAZ.

Snow & Trailhead Access
Snow can be problematic sometimes as early as mid-October and present on the upper portions of the trail as late as June.

Highway 273 to trailhead closes each winter but is often open into Dec and usually re-opens by mid-April. Check the AZ511 website for current highway info.

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2020-07-20 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.

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    Directions
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    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

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

    Alternative
    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)
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