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East Baldy Trail #95Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.81 mph
2,100 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to make our first hike on the East Baldy Trail on the first day of June.

It looked like Grand Central Station at the TH, as there were two large groups at the TH -- one group had 16 people and the other had 15-20 people. So much for paying attention to the group size limit of 12. Once we got passed them we didn't see anyone on the way up, although we met one of the groups on the way down.

This trail was very nice -- their were some nice hoodoos at one point on the trail, and a couple of places had some really nice views.

There were about 50 dead trees that had fallen over the trail that we had to negotiate on the trail.

Given that the WMAT has a fire danger closure order for their land that is at the Baldy summit, we opted not to go past the junction of the East and West Baldy trails at the top.

About 2.5 miles into the hike, some moron who was with one of the large groups caught up to me and asked me if I had a light so he could smoke a cigarette. I told him that there were fire restrictions at this time and that he didn't need to let me see him smoke a cigarette. He turned around and headed back to the TH, and I did not see him the rest of the day. With idiots like that running around, the forest service really needs to close every trail if they have any hopes of preventing human-caused fires.
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