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Thomas Baldy, AZ
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Thomas Baldy, AZ 
Thomas Baldy, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking17.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.67 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had been wanting to hike up to Mount Thomas, and I was wondering how the aspens were in the Mount Baldy area, so I decided to head to the East Baldy Trial and find out.

There were quite a few yellow leaves to be seen along the East Baldy Trail, and I really enjoyed hiking on the trail. I stopped to take a break at the Hoodoo Overlook, and the scenery was exceptional from there.

I continued on the East Baldy Trail to about the 5.5 mile mark, and then went off-trail to the summit on Mount Thomas. From where I turned it was an easy off-trail to the summit. I wandered around on the flattish summit for a bit trying to locate the high point. I found a spot that looked like the highest point, but it is possible that another point might be a tad bit higher. From the highpoint I walked a short distance SW and found a cadastral survey marker that obviously marked the boundary between tribal land and the Baldy Wilderness. Instead of heading straight back to the East Baldy Trail I decided to wander off-trail for a bit as I made my way back to the East Baldy-West Baldy trail junction.

I then took the West Baldy Trail back to the Crossover Trail, and then took it back to the East Baldy Trail and the TH. The Crossover Trail was a bit of a slog on this day, and if I had it to do over again I would have returned on the East Baldy Trail back to the TH. The views of the aspens were much better on the East Baldy Trail than the West Baldy Trail.

There was a bit of deadfall to contend with on the East Baldy Trail, but not very much. Amazingly, there was essentially no deadfall on the West Baldy Trail -- usually there is more deadfall on West Baldy than East Baldy.

There was a good bit of water flowing alongside the lower part of the West Baldy Trail in the West Fork of the Little Colorado River.

It was a great day to hike in one of my favorite areas!
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Mount Thomas
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
I'd say that the aspen leaves were slightly past peak, but they were awesome nonetheless.
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