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Porter Mountain - Pinetop, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,003 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6
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Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Sun  5:55am - 6:42pm
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Volcanic lung stretcher
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Porter Mountain is a prominent cinder cone volcano just north of the town of Lakeside. The hike suggested here starts at the White Mountains Trail System’s Flume Connector trailhead, but one can also just hike forest road 223 the entire distance. Either way, one will need to follow the Porter Mountain gravel road to the summit.

Some may not care for a road hike, but this hike offers a good workout if in the area, and a pleasant hill climb to a lofty viewpoint in an otherwise relatively flat area.

From the Flume Connector trailhead, follow the signed trail north out of the parking lot. The trail soon curves left (west) to cross forest road 206, so watch for the white diamond-shaped White Mountains Trail System markers nailed to trees to stay on route. At about 0.1 miles, make a hard left to follow the Flume Connector Trail uphill to the southwest. Follow the trail another 0.3 miles to where it crosses the wide gravely route of forest road 223. Turn right and head uphill on road 223.

You’ll soon pass an old cinder quarry and make a switchback curve to the south to continue your ascent on the road. At 1.1 miles from the trailhead, you’ll reach another switchback and informal parking area/viewpoint, just below a gate that blocks vehicles from continuing up the road. Go past the gate and continue up the road along the mountain’s crest and past the communication towers at the summit. At the end of the road at the summit’s west end is a nice lofty view of the Pinetop/Show Low area, a great place to watch the sunset. Return the same way.

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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. The exception is signage on the gate directing you otherwise.

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2023-06-04 PrestonSands
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the junction of highways 77 and 60 in Show Low, head south on Penrod Road for 6.1 miles. Turn left (east) onto the signed and paved Porter Mountain Road and follow it for 3.4 miles to the trailhead road on the left (north) side of the road. Turn onto the dirt side road and the signed dirt trailhead parking lot will be immediately on your right, at 34.202366 N, -109.932306 W.
    page created by PrestonSands on Jun 04 2023 2:31 pm

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