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Mt. Baldy Hike and Car Camp, Greer, AZ
Hike: Baldy Peak
About the Hoyer campground: It’s in the Greer Lakes Recreation
Area among Ponderosa pines. The campground is dedicated to a Forest
Service employee who was killed in a forest fire in 1967.
Programs are held Saturday evenings, Memorial Day thru Labor Day, in
the ampitheatre. There is a guided nature trail walks.
Firewood, ice, and battery charging are available. Some water sports
will be available across from the campground in the access to Greer
Lakes. Grilles and tables are available at each site. Fresh water,
flush toilets, and hot showers are available.
- Distance: 7 miles one way, 14 miles RT.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
- Range of Elevation: 9200' to 11,400'
- Special Attractions: Views of the White Mountains.
This forest community is called krummholz, from the German word
meaning 'crooked wood' as the spruce and alpine-fir trees are
stunted and twisted just below the timberline.
The trail begins along the right bank of the West Fork of the Little
Colorado River and climbs through wonderful blue spruce forest and
alpine meadows where in summer aster, fleabane, penstemon, cinquefoil,
and iris bloom. There is evidence of past glacial activity -
glacial erratics, large boulders deposited by ice, lie along the
West Fork contains brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout but the trail
is only close to the stream near the trailhead. About 3 miles from the
trailhead, the trail crosses a tributary to West Fork. The first 3
miles are through open meadows along the creek. Sylvia Prast spotted
pack llamas tethered along the trail in 1997. At this point, we’ll
enter the forest and shade.
In another 2 miles, it reaches the ridge leading to Baldy Peak.
Then a mile from the summit, the East Fork Trail joins our route.
As you near the summit, you are treated to spectacular vistas of
the White Mountain Region.
Within 0.3 miles from the top, you reach the Apache Reservation
boundary - the Apaches have closed the last section of trail to
the top, so this boundary must serve as the turnaround point for
most hikers. You might be able to secure a permit by writing to
the Apaches. It’s not worth 'sneaking' to the summit,
however, since several hikers have been caught and their packs
NOTE: We are attempting to secure a permit for the club.
Most of the trail is a gradual uphill, but didn’t get steep until
the last mile or two. Hikers have many points along the way at
which to turn around. Big trees, lots of wildflowers, open meadow,
and a comfortable trail.
Drive: From Phoenix, take Hwy. 60 east through Globe to
Show Low. From Show Low, proceed east on highway 260 (past Sunrise
turnoff - which is approximately 39 miles east of Show Low).
Go another 7 miles, then turn south (right) on highway 373 toward
Greer. Follow Highway 373 for 3 miles to the Rolfe C. Hoyer
Campground sign. Turn right into the campground. Time to allow
for travelling from Phoenix = 4.5 hours.
Directions to Baldy trail: from the campground, follow Badger
Creek Road (FR 87) 6 miles past Greer to the junction of FR113.
Follow FR 113 for 2 miles to Sheep’s Crossing and the Baldy
Peak signed trailhead.
Description: Escudilla Wilderness, designated in 1984 and
containing 5,200 acres, lies atop Arizona’s third highest peak,
Escudilla Mountain. Its 10,912 foot elevation provides marvelous
vistas. It is home to several pristine, high elevation meadows
which are comprised of relatively rare plant associations.
Notable landmarks in or just outside the wilderness include
Profanity Ridge, Terry Flat, Toolbox Draw, and the Punchbowl.
A trail takes the visitor to Escudilla Lookout where vistas many
miles distant can be absorbed. Because of the relative scarcity of
water and the small size of this wilderness, day use is encouraged.
Greer’s high elevation (approximately 8,500 feet) can cause
altitude sickness — dizziness, nausea, severe headaches,
sleeplessness, and lethargy that usually strike within 24 hours
of arriving. If you experience this, avoid alcoholic drinks,
drink plenty of water, and eat a high-carbohydrate diet.
For further information contact:
White Mountains - Mt. Baldy Trial
Greer, AZ from White Mountains Online
Arizona’s White Mountains Trail System Hiking Overview.
Trip Report :
July 24-26, 1998
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September 23-25, 2005
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