Is it too early to be ready for spring? We think not! That's why we've found the perfect Arizona mountain hike that you and your friends can tackle this season. You wouldn't believe the views from the top.

East Baldy Trail is a moderate 12-mile roundtrip trek that has amazing panoramic sights as you get closer to Mount Baldy's Peak. Since you're walking up a mountain, there's a substantial elevation gain of 11,200 feet, so plan accordingly.

Since the summit is on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, you'll need to get permission beforehand to hike all the way to the top. If you can't, no worries. You'll still get to see some pretty amazing scenery along the way.

There are no permit fees required and you can find detailed directions on parking here. Whether you're an avid hiker or not, the sweat will be worth it.

On the trail, you'll come across wildflower-filled meadows in late-spring, boulders, and on occasion, streams. We think the best time to visit is spring and summer. During the winter, the mountain will be covered in snow. 

The path is in the backcountry, so we recommend bringing along some essentials:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Plenty of water
  • Extra food and snacks (pack out what you pack in)
  • Insect repellent
  • A map and flashlight

And don't forget your camera! From the top, you'll be able to see Big Lake, Crescent Lake, part of Black River Valley, and more. 

Are you wondering why this mountain has the name it does? The peak of the mountain is bare there are no bushes or vegetation. Hence the name, Mt. Baldy. 

This scenic hike is the best way to hop into spring. Literally. 

If you're visiting from out-of-state, we recommend planning a BFF getaway or kayaking the Verde River with wine afterward. Either way, they should be on your bucket list. 

East Baldy Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult 

Length: Approx. 12-miles roundtrip 

Address: Big Lake, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You can plan a springtime mountain hike with friends + get amazing views. 


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