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Timber Mesa Trail #636, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Alpine > Show Low
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Loop 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,700 feet
Elevation Gain 237 feet
Accumulated Gain 679 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.2
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Author BelladonnaTook
author avatar Guides 12
Routes 9
Photos 1,291
Trips 58 map ( 568 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Lakeside, AZ
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov → 7 AM
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Sun  6:08am - 6:17pm
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by BelladonnaTook

Likely In-Season!
The White Mountains Trail System comprises twelve trails, eleven of which are loops, plus numerous connectors within the Lakeside Ranger District of Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. An organization of volunteers called TRACKS constructed and maintains the system. You can view their web site. The trails vary in length from 3 to 16 miles, lie between 6,200 and 8,500 feet in elevation, and are well marked with blue plastic blazes. These markers seem to invite attention from travelers exercising their second amendment rights. Trailheads are on all-weather Forest Service or County roads, and most are a very short drive from the communities of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside. Designated for foot, bike and horse use only, nearly all the trails trace, in part, old logging roads and experience interlopement by ATV and 4WD.

The Timber Mesa trailhead is one of the closest to both the local population base and a paved road, making it a good choice for folks who feel the need to amble on short notice. That proximity also lures nocturnal party animals who leave the parking lot a mess. The 6-mile elongated loop divides equally into a pleasant single-track course through, mainly, oak, juniper and pinon woods, and a tedious, rutted fire-control road popular with ATV enthusiasts. The former departs in a counter clockwise direction from the trailhead, climbing a couple hundred feet to the top of the mesa and then proceeding north and west tracing the mesa's edge. Along the way two connectors branch to the east and eventually join the Panorama Trail - #635 - making possible much longer loop excursions. Although one is never far above the plain at the mesa's base, there are frequent good views of forest and mountains to the south, the extensive, lush riparian area created by the sanitary district to the west and, for the commerce-inclined, Walmart and (soon to open) Home Depot to the north. As the trail reaches its northernmost point, it descends and returns via a rocky, rutted double-track. This road is popular with trash dumpers, and some of the trash has been around long enough to qualify for archeological designation. The way does not totally lack appeal, though, as it skirts Jaques Marsh, which, nourished by the sanitary district outflow, harbors a wide variety of birdlife. It also passes the remains of an early settler's log cabin, waste piles of a long-gone sawmill, and two tall chimneys, all that's left of the homesteads of one of the area's prominent pioneer families.

This is a good trail for early morning when birds are most active around the marsh, traffic is light on the two nearby paved roads, and 4-wheeler folks are at home still trying to find their butts with both hands.

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2003-08-26 BelladonnaTook
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Timber Mesa Trail #636
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    Early rise from our Fool Hollow Lake campsite.
    Quick pack up, breakfast & beautiful drive out to the trail-head.
    We chose the clockwise loop.
    Oaks/junipers/pinons/pines and with some great views out yonder.
    Lots of yellow sunflowers here & there along with a very scenic sky above, temps at 6700 were nice & cool.
    Met a friendly couple backpacking and another friendly couple horseback riding along the way.
    Post hike was a drive back to Miami, Mexican food lunch at Guayo's El Ray and good-bye's to our friend ending our weekend trip.
    Thank You Lauren for joining us :yr:
    Thank You Addie for taking us :yr:

    Good show of yellow sunflowers.
    Timber Mesa Trail #636
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    nice woodsy loop, with some occasional neat views along the beginning (going clockwise). well marked and easy to follow. the weather was largely fantastic. had a good picnic and nice chill pace. we all enjoyed this one and sierra cranked it out like nothing. this would be a good one to run, or link up with other stuff for a longer hike

    followed this one up with some beer and food at Pinetop Brewery. Excellent! Michelle got after it for mother's day :lol:
    Timber Mesa Trail #636
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    I went with my wife to Pine Top-Lakeside. She was meeting some friends/coworkers at a cabin up there. I was on my own for this hike which I decided to try after reading Belladonna Took's trip log. I started around 11:00 A.M. and finished shortly after 1:30 P.M. I took my time as I wanted to record a gps track log with a receiver just recently purchased. Thanks gpsJoe for your advice on how to best do this.
    The hike was beautiful, easy and relaxing although surprisingly warm considering the elevation. The distance on the trail guide says 6 miles but it's really closer to 8.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    At the traffic light on Highway 260 approximately 4.5 miles south of Show Low WalMart turn east onto Penrod Road. Proceed 2 miles, turning east onto Porter Mountain Road when Penrod veers north. The turn off to the trailhead is on the left about 1/4 mile from this intersection.
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