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Mount Baldy LoopAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2019
LJW
Hiking18.67 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking18.67 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   3.01 mph
3,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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1st trip
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I got permission from The Tribal Chairwoman of the White Mountain Apache to hike to the summit of Mount Baldy within 48 hours of making my initial request. I printed the signed memorandum to bring with me. There was some confusion among passers-by on the trail, but yes "permits" to summit Baldy as an outsider do exist.

Started from the East Baldy Trailhead ten minutes after sunrise, and I quickly worked my way over to West Baldy on the Crossover before the light started to change. Saw about a dozen elk on the Crossover.

The snow has melted off West/East Baldy, but there is a little snow on the trail to the summit still.

West Baldy had a little deadfall, and East Baldy did as well in the higher elevations. I passed a hiker who said he did the count for the forest service the day/week before, and that they said they would be out to start clearing it on the 27th. I saw two FS workers on my last mile as they were headed up to start clearing the East trail. There were about a dozen trees on either trail, so it shouldn't be long until the trails are clear.

Didn't see anyone until around mile 14, and from there back to the Trailhead on the East Trail I passed about 15 people.
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