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Go East Young Man!
East Mountain (elevation of 6,892' and prominence of 712') is the third highest peak in the Pinal Mountains.
East Mountain is in the beautiful and rugged Pinal Mountains, in Gila County near the town of Globe.
There is no trail going up to the top of East Mountain, but the summit is only a short distance off of East Mountain Trail #214. This trail contours along the forested slopes on the west side of East Mountain.
There are several places that one could leave the East Mountain Trail and hike up to the East Mountain summit. There is no technical climbing involved, although depending on what route you take, the hike up and down could be a bit steep.
The author of this guide went off-trail from East Mountain Trail #214 and ascended East Mountain from the southwest, and descended to the northwest to get back on the trail. This generally followed the route that HAZ user @hikerdw took when going up to East Mountain. This route up was not particularly steep, but there was some manzanita to go through. Thankfully someone had cut a swath through the manzanita, which made going through it relatively painless. The route back down to the East Mountain Trail was steeper, but it was also much shorter. Many hikers would prefer going up and down from the peak to the northwest. It is a good idea to check triplogs and see what route other hikers have taken to reach the summit.
East Peak has a pointed top, so there is not much room to wander around at the summit. The summit has lovely views in all directions, and it is a worthy stop on a clear day.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.