They may be combined to form a loop.The fire lookout tower on Escudilla Mountain is the highest in Arizona although it is not on the true summit. Directions from Alpine: Drive 5.5 miles north on US 191 to Forest Road 56. The floor of the structure is gone and the lookout is fenced off. Snow or hail may occur any month of the year.Arizona has suffered through erratic snowfall in recent years. Parts of Escudilla Mountain were declared Wilderness In 1984. Escudilla Trail located in Alpine, Arizona takes you through a beautiful forest of Aspens. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com. Felt danger in this area. That wind made me so nervous with all the dead standing trees creaking and swaying. The tower is completely fenced off. 3 reviews of Escudilla Mountain Cabins "Have stayed here multiple times in the last couple of years and have enjoyed every trip. Fire damage. We had stayed at Escudilla Mountain Cabins several years ago when they first opened up and enjoyed our stay very much. Escudilla Mountain is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border. The trail is well worn and easy to follow for it's entirety. Passages from Leopold’s writings will be read, and discussion of the impact that this place had on his life. I immediately want to put on my hiking boots, put my backpack on my back and get out and explore. By sheer mass (mostly subjective), I'd rank the peaks thusly: 1) Humphreys and all subsidiaries (including Aggasiz, Doyle, Fremont); 2. Personally, I have always avoided lists based on elevation alone since so many of the high peaks are subsidiaries of the range highpoint. Joan & Miss Emme Lu Who Tons of downed trees. Apr 19, 2016 - Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona. Good hike. Escudilla Mountain is located in Apache County, Arizona, and is part of the White Mountains. USGS quad: Escudilla MountainNote that the true summit is not actually marked with an elevation on the USGS map. I give it 4 stars only because of the burn. The burn areas held a haunting beauty with promises of new life as young Aspen trees stretched toward the sky. I had not heard of the 2K rule... wow. You'll start hiking through a lovely forest of Aspens as you climb gradually upwards. The hike is a bit of a tease - you can see the tower and think you’re almost there when in fact you’ve another 1/3 of the trail to overcome. From the parking area, you'll follow along an old (now closed) dirt road. Escudilla Mountain is located in Apache County, Arizona, and is part of the White Mountains. This was probably one of the most stunning places in Arizona prior to the Wallow Fire. That being said, the area is still beautiful and the views are stunning. The normal season is from May to October, with October a popular month due to the changing fall leaves. Both Fremont and Doyle are higher, and they certainly have enough more than enough prominence to be considered independent peaks and not sub-peaks of Humphreys. Lots of great birds, butterflies and moths. For example, the I love this trail. Hiking info, trail maps, and 5 trip reports from Escudilla Mountain (10,912 ft) in the White Mountains of Arizona At over 10,000′, it is the third highest major summit in the state behind the Humphreys Peak group near Flagstaff and a collection of summits over 11,000′ around Mount Baldy. It requires you to either crawl over or under multiple downed trees because of the Wallow fire, the largest fire in Arizona history. We saw about 10 people on a Saturday. My husband and I are older but just took it slow and completed it to include the tower in about 3 1/2 hours. Been hiking this trail since before the Wallow Fire. Aspen skeletons have been bleached to a silvery platinum by the Arizona sun. This is a short hike and not too strenuous except for the altitude. D-bo - Sep 30, 2018 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2018 … Take the left fork past Tool Box Draw 0.5 miles to the trailhead. Hiking Escudilla Mountain and a Bonus Lake Stop October 2, 2019. Nice page - I already voted 10/10 on it, so I can't do so again. The following left turn (2.6 miles) is also closed and bears a sign for the Wildlife Habitat Area as well as a plastic blue diamond on a pine tree. There is no water on the trail, so make sure you bring your own. The trek also provides a reminder of what human-caused fire can do to the forest. The Fire Tower was severely damaged in the fire & is now closed to the public with a 10' fence. Signs of black bear, coyote, and mountain lion are occasionally found, though the animals themselves are rarely seen. Not a bad hike, physically. Even the drive to the trailhead was scenic. Hiking inspiration: the best mountain hikes in the world! The following left turn (2.6 miles) is also closed and bears a sign for the Wildlife Habitat Area as well as a plastic blue diamond on a pine tree. Mature first are giving way to young Aspen. Loved it. That would probably reduce the summits in places like Sedona to one or two! Hiking trip report for Escudilla Mountain, located in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona. It is considered the third highest mountain in Arizona and like the others, is volcanic in origin. "Escudilla still hangs on the horizon, but when you see it you no longer think of the bear. So yes, this page is techically correct, but then, so are you. It was a nice mountain and easier than expected. Great Hike! Though there are eleven higher named summits in the state, most are considered subpeaks of either Humphrey’s Peak or Mount Baldy. The area was severely impacted by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. (31), Climber's Log Entries The 2011 Wallow fire had changed the character of this old logging trail. If you are interested in the Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308, continue another 2.1 miles to to a signed fork for the trail and Terry Flat loop. No issues for either of them! On the one hand, all peaks part of the San Francisco Peaks, which include Doyle and Fremont, would be considered as part of the Humphreys set, and all peaks in the Whites would be grouped in with the Baldy set. I do not think it was a moderate hike, it is very rocky most of the way and a very healthy incline. It is located on the very eastern edge of the Mogollon Rim in Arizona in the White Mountains adjacent to New Mexico. Mount Baldy can be seen to the west.The tower is occupied daily and permission should be acquired from the lookout before ascending the steps. (I went a few months ago before I had AllTrails, early June.) Seasonal wildflowers are also encountered. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Escudilla Mountain was called the upside down bowl by native Americans due to it's unusual shape. For scouts James, Tyler and I got to go on a little 10 mile hike to the top of Escudilla Mountain. Will return in the summer to complete it. Follow the well signed road past the left turn for Hulsey Lake (1.6 miles from US 180/191) and the closed left turn for Watts Creek FR 56A (1.9 miles in). Escudilla Mountain . Trail is snow free to the tower at the top. The 4’ deep snowpack at the leveling point hindered us from reaching the tower unfortunately. Otherwise, I would have been able to focus more on the views! It's vastness of over 5000 acres, looks more like a mountain range, but is actually a single mountain. The mountain is 4 hours from Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque or Las Cruces. Steep uphill grade to summit, can see the San Fransisco peaks in Flagstaff on a clear day. This page could deffinatley use and excerpt detailing how escudilla is always on the horizon from Aldo Leopold. From the parking area, you'll follow along an old (now closed) dirt road. In August 2019 I hiked this with my 14 year old nephew and 75 year old mother. Today was the first time we've hiked Escudilla since the Wallow fire, so it was a pretty sad seeing all the destruction. You can get another 40 feet or so by climbing the fire watchtower at the summit. A most exquisitely unique site. Escudilla National Recreation Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eagar, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Turn left at the fork and curve past Toolbox Draw 0.3 miles to the signed trailhead (5.0 miles from US 180/191). However, there are a lot of dead trees that occasionally fall across the trail during the last mile or so. All those trees have broken limbs like small daggers all over them, I got gouged when crawling under a log so be careful. The Vista has expanded. Someone previously complained about the trees on the trail. We didn't go back, however, only because the cabins face a gravel parking lot and the road, which was less preferable than the beautiful pasture that we would see at the Tal Wi Wi. Easy walking distance to restaurants and the grocery so very convenient. Had a light, cool breeze today that cleared the air, which really enhanced the 360 degree views from the top! up and back I counted 270 times I had to climb under or over trees. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Escudilla, Spanish for bowl, has a broad basin across its summit with high alpine meadows and impressive Aspen groves. (2), Images This remote section of the state has prime wildlife viewing; while the last Grizzly Bear in Arizona was killed on Escudilla in 1936, the mountain … I, personally, would rate this as a difficult trail, mostly because of the elevation. Hike the 4th highest peak in Arizona. Many wildlife and birding opportunities. High recommend! Bookmark the permalink. In 1984 the Escudilla Wilderness Area was created, encompassing 5200 acres of Escudilla Mountain and the surrounding area of the Apache National Forest.Two primary trails are utilized for this moderate dayhike. (11), Additions & Corrections The recent snow made it more challenging but also added to the scenery. Deep snow precluded easy access New Years eve 2005, but one year later we were able to drive up to 9500 ft where it was snow free. This trip, we stayed in cabin #5 which has a king sized bed and is handicap accessible. It was burned by a forest fire in June 2011. The summit is the highest point in the Escudilla Wilderness which is administered as part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. I was sad that I hadn’t hiked it before. Keep your camera ready. Tips: This trail is in the Escudilla Wilderness, and an area that was burned by a wildfire in 1951 is designated a Research Natural Area. Second half of hike skirts around Terry Flat. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Not too steep, well marked trail, and beautiful views most of the way. I missed today's hike but I may make that up Wednesday when everyone breaks camp, but the hikes I am looking forward to are the hikes up East Mount Baldy and Escudilla Peak, both towering over 11,000' high. Water taps and toilets are available there, but no shower facilities are present. Looking south you could see smoke from the Bingham fire. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Turn left at the fork and curve past Toolbox Draw 0.3 miles to the signed trailhead (5.0 miles from US 180/191). Escudilla Mountain/Terry Flat: Trailhead elevation: 9300' top of trail 10,950'. The scars are still evident, but the healing is heartening. Apr 19, 2016 - Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona. Ugly hike because of the Wallow fire in 2011. No accessibility up to the top. A most enjoyable hike! The views were still amazing. I hope you like my decisive answer! Presented by the White Mountain Conservation League and Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Two summit registers though! Escudilla National Recreation Trail is a 9.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eagar, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. I saw many Elk, 2 Rams, and quail. Each has a mini kitchen (stocked with small fridge, pots, pans, dishes, etc. Box 469Alpine, AZ 85920. If you’re hiking during July or August I recommend tucking a poncho in your Camelbak; the wind blows in the clouds and the weather changes quickly and it can be chilly with light hail at times. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Escudilla Mountain, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. I hadn’t hiked this trail since before the big fire. The lows last night in the area were in the upper 30s. After 20.5 miles turn left (east) on Forest Road 56. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Other parts were wide open from fire damage. Watch your time! Once you depart the parking area that also serves as the Escudilla Wilderness Trailhead, you will likely have the trail to yourself. Elk, mule deer, chipmunks, and squirrels are commonly seen. However, the results of the fire also makes it unique as the changed landscape is both ethereal providing more beautiful views but also sad They are located on the west side of US 180/191 as it enters Alpine from the north.The Alpine Ranger District office may also be contacted in writing at:P.O. Non-camping lodging is also available in nearby Alpine, Arizona. The forest road leading to the trailhead is maintained and passable to passenger vehicles under normal conditions. Beautiful trail, a little spooky with the burn scar. A larger developed campground is available at Luna Lake, 5 miles east of Alpine on US 180. I wonder how long it will take for Arizona to have a more standardized system, like the one CO has (unofficially perhaps) accepted? On our first full day in the White Mountains we set off north to the Escudilla National Recreation Trail, one of the two routes ascending Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona. Once you get to the saddle the view of the wildfire remains were very disheartening. Facebook: Apackof2 for the Road A pretty nice hike. This is where you park for the Government Trail #119. volcanic rock takes over near the top. Baldy; 3. Declaring a minimum prominence can create all sorts of lists based on height, and your choice of min prominence, being a subjective variable, thus creates a list ordered by height that is also subjective (dependent on the min prom required for membership). Escudilla Mountain is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border. It was still a wonderful hike and the views just as spectacular as ever! This assumes a fairly strict minimum requirement for prominence, and I assume the 2K minimum was used here (neither Doyle nor Fremont have this much separate prominence from Humnphreys). First off, the cabins are really nice, clean, and well decorated. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. The true high point of Escudilla Mountain required we backtrack from the lookout tower a hundred feet and continue north through heavily deadfall-ridden ridgeline. Camping is allowed but is discouraged on Escudilla Mountain because of the small size of the Wilderness Area and the lack of water. There is an active (and very large) lookout tower built on the slightly-lower southern summit, and this tower … Length of Hike (r/t): 6.0 miles: Trail Elevation Change: 1,312ft. The hike begins in a breezy stand of aspens that crowd the slopes and resemble willowy ladies in feathered hats chattering over tea. I hike this yearly and it’s something new every time! This is a 7.3 mile out-and-back hike with 1900 cumulative feet of elevation gain that … Bird species that may be seen include wild turkey, three-toed woodpecker, downy woodpecker, mountain chickadee, raven, Stellar's bluejay, nuthatch, brown creeper, junco, and red-shafted flicker. Perfect weather and good mix of ascent and flat. If you allowed a 1K minimum, then you might get a lot of other peaks above Escudilla, etc. The last grizzly bear in the state was killed on Escudilla Mountain in the 1930s, an event described by the early conservationist Aldo Leopold in his book "A Sand County Almanac". To hikers, Escudilla … For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. Sadden by the beauty that once was. The (6 ). Several sides trails near the lookout have been washed away. View Escudilla Mountain Image Gallery - 31 Images. As the trail continues to climb, you'll emerge into some wide open meadows that provide great views. However, is Escudilla really considered the third highest mountain in AZ? The mountain features a wide bowl-like area with several open meadows. This entry was posted in General. Crews have been clearing the annual deadfalls, so the way was mostly clear. Lots of downed trees across the trail in sections but not too bad. Escudilla Mountain is often considered the third highest mountain in Arizona, after Humphreys Peak and the nearby Mount Baldy, not counting subsidiary peaks of Humphreys and Baldy. This leaves out big stand-alone peaks such as Kendrick, Escudilla, Carrizo, etc. The red can has a bunch of notes from other scouts that have made it to the top. If you are interested in the Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308, continue another 2.1 miles to to a signed fork for the trail and Terry Flat loop. Routes The trail is clear and gently sloped, but Hiked this trail this morning. Kessler and I climbed Escudilla Mountain. The name Escudilla is Spanish for a small bowl, and the mountain may have been named by early Hispanic settlers in the region, or possibly by a member of Coronado's 1540 expedition through the U.S. Southwest. This is the very top of the mountain marked with the stones. Great views! https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/arizona/escudilla-wilderness-area Hiking Escudilla Mountain Alpine, Arizona Written by Eric Krueger Escudilla Mountain was called the upside down bowl by native Americans due to it's unusual shape. The scorched trees, gentle wind, and sweet smell of the morning had a certain mystique and calmness about it. The peak is approximately 3.5 miles from the Arizona- New Mexico border. Prior to the fire, companion & I climbed the tower … Several horses were on the trail earlier today, 10-19-19. The views by the tower were breathtaking. Escudilla Mountain is located in the Escudilla Wilderness Area of the Apache National Forest between Springerville and Alpine in eastern Arizona. Fees for the 12 campsites are $6.00 per night and $3 per night for a second vehicle. still incredible trail though. ), a nice porch and bbq grill. It includes approximately 500 acres of thick aspen stands, spruceand Douglas fir. I'm sure it was much more gorgeous before the Wallow Fire, but Profanity Ridge and the aspen were nice. Almost all of those have been cleared and the ones that were not are easy to get by. 6 Miles Total - 1300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail. In any case, you may have a point. Saw a horny toad & lots of signs of elk. Escudilla is sufficiently far from the Whites so that based on this (arbitrary) grouping, then yes, it is #3 in Arizona. The first half of the trail didn’t seem to affected by the Wallow Fire. Pinalenos (Mt Graham and its subisdiaries); 4. Follow our RVing adventures The last climb before the tower is extremely rocky and again pretty steep climb. Absolutely beautiful sunrise hike. Great trail with super views. Please submit any useful information about climbing Escudilla Mountain that may be useful to other climbers. "Apackof2 for the Road". Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been deeply in love with the mountains. Hiking the National Recreation Trail (#308) to the fire tower is 5.6 miles (round trip) but several steep, rocky areas are a challenge. For current conditions on Escudilla mountain contact the Apache National Forest Ranger Office in Alpine at (928) 339-4384. Only eighty six minutes to the tower and then a half hour bushwhacking over to the summit. The lush green meadows held much elk sign, hoof prints and droppings, fresh and old. The endangered Mexican grey wolf has been reintroduced in the area and may be seen on or near Escudilla Mountain. The burnt pines were speaking to us with wind blowing through them. Permission will not be granted if it is raining. It is considered the third highest mountain in Arizona and like the others, is volcanic in origin. Camping at large may be found on the Terry Flat loop past the trailhead. (14), Comments A high-elevation hike through aspen stands with a great viewpoint at the summit. I tend to default to the rule popularized by Colorado (the 300-foot rule) but of course you can see how that wouldn't work so well in areas where the peaks are much larger or smaller. Lots of aspen growing in the burn areas and quite a few blowdown trees in the last mile. Take water! I actually assumed ownership of this page after it was written and other than some photos, have not made any adjustments to the text since it looked pretty solid to me already. When I reached the tower it made me unsteady on my feet trying to take pictures. It is located on the very eastern edge of the Mogollon Rim in Arizona in the White Mountains adjacent to New Mexico. The lookout is no longer occupied. A few trees to climb over when I went. Escudilla Mountain is located in the Escudilla Wilderness area so mechanized transport of any sort (including mountain bikes) is not permitted. Escudilla National Recreation Trail ist ein 5.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Eagar, Arizona. A mountain lion was spotted by fellow hikers that day. Hiking down we came upon a small herd of elk where the Bull was in velvet & rusting for my phone scared them off before I could capture the unbelievable sight. Lots of warblers: MacGillivray’s, Yellow-Rumped, Virginia’s, Townsend’s, Hermit, Nashville, and Orange Crowned. At the top, expansive and awe-inspiring vistas stretched as far as the eye can see and would not have been visible but for the burn areas. 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