From the parking area, you'll follow along an old (now closed) dirt road. It was burned by a forest fire in June 2011. Only eighty six minutes to the tower and then a half hour bushwhacking over to the summit. Though there are eleven higher named summits in the state, most are considered subpeaks of either Humphrey’s Peak or Mount Baldy. Joan & Miss Emme Lu Who I was sad that I hadn’t hiked it before. Still fun. 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. Escudilla Mountain/Terry Flat: Trailhead elevation: 9300' top of trail 10,950'. It was a nice mountain and easier than expected. "Pack a warm jacket!" 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). Beautiful trail, a little spooky with the burn scar. Bookmark the permalink. A mountain lion was spotted by fellow hikers that day. The area was severely impacted by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. No fees/permits are required for parking or hiking. Escudilla Peak is Arizona's third-highest mountain, at 10,912 feet above sea level. volcanic rock takes over near the top. I hike this yearly and it’s something new every time! Several horses were on the trail earlier today, 10-19-19. Camping at large may be found on the Terry Flat loop past the trailhead. Good hike. This is where you park for the Government Trail #119. 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). However, the results of the fire also makes it unique as the changed landscape is both ethereal providing more beautiful views but also sad The trail is well worn and easy to follow for it's entirety. 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. We had stayed at Escudilla Mountain Cabins several years ago when they first opened up and enjoyed our stay very much. This is the very top of the mountain marked with the stones. The trail is clear and gently sloped, but Aspen skeletons have been bleached to a silvery platinum by the Arizona sun. Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. From the parking area, you'll follow along an old (now closed) dirt road. That being said, the area is still beautiful and the views are stunning. Length 12 miles. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Escudilla National Recreation Trail ist ein 5.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Eagar, Arizona. Additional campgrounds in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest are available. I immediately want to put on my hiking boots, put my backpack on my back and get out and explore. It is considered the third highest mountain in Arizona and like the others, is volcanic in origin. That wind made me so nervous with all the dead standing trees creaking and swaying. (2), Images Apr 19, 2016 - Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona. The scars are still evident, but the healing is heartening. Signs of black bear, coyote, and mountain lion are occasionally found, though the animals themselves are rarely seen. Escudilla is sufficiently far from the Whites so that based on this (arbitrary) grouping, then yes, it is #3 in Arizona. Topping out at just under 10,900-feet of elevation, Escudilla Mountain Trail is Arizona’s third highest path– only the Humphreys Peak and Mount Baldy trails are higher. 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". Apr 19, 2016 - Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona. As the trail continues to climb, you'll emerge into some wide open meadows that provide great views. Take water! I give it 4 stars only because of the burn. The drive from Phoenix, Arizona takes roughly 4 hours.To get to the trailhead from Springerville head south on US 180/191. Nice quiet trail up the mountain. Escudilla Mountain is located in the Escudilla Wilderness Area of the Apache National Forest between Springerville and Alpine in eastern Arizona. Not a bad hike, physically. Twitter: Apackof2fortheRd In addition the wind cries through the naked trees like shrieking banshees! technicolorNH - May 16, 2020 6:42 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2020 #308 . The endangered Mexican grey wolf has been reintroduced in the area and may be seen on or near Escudilla Mountain. The first half of the trail didn’t seem to affected by the Wallow Fire. Some desdfall in beginning 1/2 mile. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hiking trip report for Escudilla Mountain, located in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona. That would probably reduce the summits in places like Sedona to one or two! Well kept trail, the perfect moderate hike. It was still a wonderful hike and the views just as spectacular as ever! 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. Hiking Escudilla Mountain and a Bonus Lake Stop October 2, 2019. So yes, this page is techically correct, but then, so are you. Several sides trails near the lookout have been washed away. 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. Perfect weather and good mix of ascent and flat. The normal season is from May to October, with October a popular month due to the changing fall leaves. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Chiricahuas; 5. After 20.5 miles turn left (east) on Forest Road 56. Hike to Escudilla Mountain Lookout Tower. 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. After approximately 5.5 miles turn right (east) on Forest Road 56. Keep your camera ready. For example, the Great views! It is located on the very eastern edge of the Mogollon Rim in Arizona in the White Mountains adjacent to New Mexico. Escudilla Mtn, the third highest Arizona peak (at 10,900 ft) near Alpine is imposing. 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. Terry Flat is a large meadow in the shadow of Escudilla Mountain, Arizona's third highest peak at nearly 11,000 feet. Every time I see them appear in front of me, whether it’s from a car or the plane, my heart is skipping a beat. The recent snow made it more challenging but also added to the scenery. Hiking info, trail maps, and 5 trip reports from Escudilla Mountain (10,912 ft) in the White Mountains of Arizona Turn left at the fork and curve past Toolbox Draw 0.3 miles to the signed trailhead (5.0 miles from US 180/191). 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. 3 reviews of Escudilla Mountain Cabins "Have stayed here multiple times in the last couple of years and have enjoyed every trip. Lots of deadfall to negotiate. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been deeply in love with the mountains. The burnt pines were speaking to us with wind blowing through them. I had not heard of the 2K rule... wow. Tons of downed trees. I hadn’t hiked this trail since before the big fire. Snow or hail may occur any month of the year.Arizona has suffered through erratic snowfall in recent years. Forest service literature notes that some ski it in winter. Instagram: apackof2fortherd 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. 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. Great trail with super views. This entry was posted in General. 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. Great trail, would love to do it again. Currently, the grizzly is being considered for reintroduction in the region. Challenging and beautiful Surreal up near the tower as wind howled and shrieked through the skeletal trees. Been hiking this trail since before the Wallow Fire. Almost all of those have been cleared and the ones that were not are easy to get by. You'll start hiking through a lovely forest of Aspens as you climb gradually upwards. 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. I'm sure it was much more gorgeous before the Wallow Fire, but Profanity Ridge and the aspen were nice. Escudilla Mountain is located in Apache County, Arizona, and is part of the White Mountains. Hiking inspiration: the best mountain hikes in the world! Once you depart the parking area that also serves as the Escudilla Wilderness Trailhead, you will likely have the trail to yourself. still incredible trail though. Parts of Escudilla Mountain were declared Wilderness In 1984. Hiked this trail this morning. Lots of great birds, butterflies and moths. In Spanish, Escudilla means "Wide Bowl." It's vastness of over 5000 acres, looks more like a mountain range, but is actually a single mountain. The trail is well worn and easy to follow for it's entirety. I would absolutely agree with you in that it's all about what system you use... ran into the same problem myself while doing my Sedona Summits list. Escudilla Mountain is located in Apache County, Arizona, and is part of the White Mountains. Looking south you could see smoke from the Bingham fire. A few trees to climb over when I went. The trek also provides a reminder of what human-caused fire can do to the forest. Mature first are giving way to young Aspen. 6 Miles Total - 1300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail. There is a fire lookout tower near top of mountain. Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona. Please submit any useful information about climbing Escudilla Mountain that may be useful to other climbers. The red can has a bunch of notes from other scouts that have made it to the top. Permission will not be granted if it is raining. I hope you like my decisive answer! My husband and I are older but just took it slow and completed it to include the tower in about 3 1/2 hours. (I went a few months ago before I had AllTrails, early June.) Watch your time! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Took it slow to bird watch along the way. Turn right on Forest Road 56 and follow it 3.6 miles to Terry Flat. I first did this trail in June 2008. Trailhead is above 9500 ft elevation & initially takes you through an aspen forest, then opens up for spectacular vistas, then through spruce and fir forest up to the summit of Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona at 10,877 ft. Horseback riding is allowed. It was surprisingly warm and exposed so wear hat,sunscreen and take lots of water. Escudilla Mountain is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border. When I reached the tower it made me unsteady on my feet trying to take pictures. The scenic Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308 is used by most hikers while the steeper Government Trail #119 receives less traffic since it slightly longer with fewer views of the surrounding lowlands. A most exquisitely unique site. A hike up the said third tallest peak in AZ. If you allowed a 1K minimum, then you might get a lot of other peaks above Escudilla, etc. Absolutely beautiful sunrise hike. D-bo - Sep 30, 2018 5:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2018 … Steep uphill grade to summit, can see the San Fransisco peaks in Flagstaff on a clear day. Elk were plentiful. (6 ). Crews have been clearing the annual deadfalls, so the way was mostly clear. Loved it. Facebook: Apackof2 for the Road Otherwise, I would have been able to focus more on the views! You can get another 40 feet or so by climbing the fire watchtower at the summit. Had a light, cool breeze today that cleared the air, which really enhanced the 360 degree views from the top! (14), Comments All Rights Reserved. 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). The last climb before the tower is extremely rocky and again pretty steep climb. Besides its an ascent so it may take you longer than you expect. Escudilla National Recreation Trail This trail is 6 miles round trip. From him, I feel like I know the mountain yet i have never set eyes upon it. "Apackof2 for the Road". Seasonal wildflowers are also encountered. A pretty nice hike. Thanks for the detailed response! By sheer mass (mostly subjective), I'd rank the peaks thusly: 1) Humphreys and all subsidiaries (including Aggasiz, Doyle, Fremont); 2. A high-elevation hike through aspen stands with a great viewpoint at the summit. 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. This is the classic battle between an objective definition such as prominence or elevation to rank peaks, and the subjective "feeling" of peak rankings. Escudilla Mountain . 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. Parts of the trail had beautiful tree lined paths. You'll start hiking through a lovely forest of Aspens as you climb gradually upwards. There weren't really any views from the high point. USGS quad: Escudilla MountainNote that the true summit is not actually marked with an elevation on the USGS map. The hike begins in a breezy stand of aspens that crowd the slopes and resemble willowy ladies in feathered hats chattering over tea. 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. 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. The floor of the structure is gone and the lookout is fenced off. Escudilla Mountain is located in the Escudilla Wilderness area so mechanized transport of any sort (including mountain bikes) is not permitted. Highly recommend NOT going on during a Red Flag Warning!! 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. Felt danger in this area. This is unique trail. Directions from Alpine: Drive 5.5 miles north on US 191 to Forest Road 56. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' 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. All those trees have broken limbs like small daggers all over them, I got gouged when crawling under a log so be careful. Personally, I have always avoided lists based on elevation alone since so many of the high peaks are subsidiaries of the range highpoint. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Follow our RVing adventures Box 469Alpine, AZ 85920. 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. Each has a mini kitchen (stocked with small fridge, pots, pans, dishes, etc. Baldy; 3. Great concern that the dead may come down. South Fork Little Colorado River Trail 97, Indian Springs Trail to Big Lake Knoll Lookout, Coronado Trail Scenic Byway: Springerville to Morenci, Squirrel Springs: Pinyon Cedar, Juniper Loop, Mount Baldy Crossover Trail from the West Baldy Trailhead, Mount Baldy Crossover Trail #96 via East Baldy Trailhead. Will return in the summer to complete it. Trail hike. Trail is snow free to the tower at the top. (11), Additions & Corrections Love this hike for the scenery, wildlife and unbelievable views on the trail up and from the summit. Fees for the 12 campsites are $6.00 per night and $3 per night for a second vehicle. Easy walking distance to restaurants and the grocery so very convenient. Water taps and toilets are available there, but no shower facilities are present. Presented by the White Mountain Conservation League and Great Old Broads for Wilderness. We saw about 10 people on a Saturday. Be the first to submit your climbing note! The mountain features a wide bowl-like area with several open meadows. Prior to the fire, companion & I climbed the tower … "Escudilla still hangs on the horizon, but when you see it you no longer think of the bear. This is a short hike and not too strenuous except for the altitude. 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 … Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Escudilla Mountain, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. However, is Escudilla really considered the third highest mountain in AZ? I love this trail. For current conditions on Escudilla mountain contact the Apache National Forest Ranger Office in Alpine at (928) 339-4384. View Escudilla Mountain Image Gallery - 31 Images. It includes approximately 500 acres of thick aspen stands, spruceand Douglas fir. It's only a mountain now.". Two summit registers though! This is where you park for the Government Trail #119. ), a nice porch and bbq grill. The lookout is no longer occupied. 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. Not too steep, well marked trail, and beautiful views most of the way. The burn areas held a haunting beauty with promises of new life as young Aspen trees stretched toward the sky. 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. It is considered the third highest mountain in Arizona and like the others, is volcanic in origin. Sadden by the beauty that once was. First off, the cabins are really nice, clean, and well decorated. Escudilla Mountain Climbing Notes. The trail levels out on a ridgeline (known as … A larger developed campground is available at Luna Lake, 5 miles east of Alpine on US 180. In any case, you may have a point. No issues for either of them! View on the way down. Pinalenos (Mt Graham and its subisdiaries); 4. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. For scouts James, Tyler and I got to go on a little 10 mile hike to the top of Escudilla Mountain. I saw many Elk, 2 Rams, and quail. There is an active (and very large) lookout tower built on the slightly-lower southern summit, and this tower … Routes Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. High recommend! Nice page - I already voted 10/10 on it, so I can't do so again. 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. 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. Great Hike! I, personally, would rate this as a difficult trail, mostly because of the elevation. The summit is the highest point in the Escudilla Wilderness which is administered as part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Escudilla Trail located in Alpine, Arizona takes you through a beautiful forest of Aspens. The Vista has expanded. It a feeling of “ well, we’ve made it this far, let’s just keep going” and another hour passes before you’re up. There is no water on the trail, so make sure you bring your own. Hike to the top of Escudilla Mountain, written about by Leopold in one of his essays in A Sand County Almanac for the Mountain. A most enjoyable hike! Other parts were wide open from fire damage. Hiking the National Recreation Trail (#308) to the fire tower is 5.6 miles (round trip) but several steep, rocky areas are a challenge. The views by the tower were breathtaking. Escudilla, Spanish for bowl, has a broad basin across its summit with high alpine meadows and impressive Aspen groves. This trip, we stayed in cabin #5 which has a king sized bed and is handicap accessible. Hike the 4th highest peak in Arizona. The 4’ deep snowpack at the leveling point hindered us from reaching the tower unfortunately. Saw a horny toad & lots of signs of elk. Camping is allowed but is discouraged on Escudilla Mountain because of the small size of the Wilderness Area and the lack of water. The Escudilla wilderness includes aspen (particularly on the Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308) and a variety of conifer species including old-growth stands of Engleman spruce, Douglas fir, and white fir intermingled with grassy meadows. As … But, I checked it off the bucket list. In August 2019 I hiked this with my 14 year old nephew and 75 year old mother. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/arizona/escudilla-wilderness-area The forest road leading to the trailhead is maintained and passable to passenger vehicles under normal conditions. 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). Length of Hike (r/t): 6.0 miles: Trail Elevation Change: 1,312ft. Turn left at the fork and curve past Toolbox Draw 0.3 miles to the signed trailhead (5.0 miles from US 180/191). 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. Second half of hike skirts around Terry Flat. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. 10,824 at the Summit The scorched trees, gentle wind, and sweet smell of the morning had a certain mystique and calmness about it. Passages from Leopold’s writings will be read, and discussion of the impact that this place had on his life. Escudilla Mountain was called the upside down bowl by native Americans due to it's unusual shape. Non-camping lodging is also available in nearby Alpine, Arizona. A climb to the top of it offers spectacular views into New Mexico and the surrounding area. Fire damage. To get to the trailhead from Alpine head north on US 180/191. Many wildlife and birding opportunities. Once you get to the saddle the view of the wildfire remains were very disheartening. The lush green meadows held much elk sign, hoof prints and droppings, fresh and old. To hikers, Escudilla … 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. However, there are a lot of dead trees that occasionally fall across the trail during the last mile or so. 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. Though there are eleven higher named summits in the state, most are considered subpeaks of either Humphrey’s Peak or Mount Baldy. The 2011 Wallow fire had changed the character of this old logging trail. up and back I counted 270 times I had to climb under or over trees. Lots of downed trees across the trail in sections but not too bad. 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. 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. Fall colors best around beginning of October. (31), Climber's Log Entries if I didn't break my stride I didn't count them. Today was the first time we've hiked Escudilla since the Wallow fire, so it was a pretty sad seeing all the destruction. The views were still amazing. The summit is the highest point in the Escudilla Wilderness which is administered as part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. I wonder how long it will take for Arizona to have a more standardized system, like the one CO has (unofficially perhaps) accepted? The mountain is 4 hours from Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque or Las Cruces. The mountain is 4 hours from Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque or Las Cruces. Someone previously complained about the trees on the trail. The Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. 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. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive to the Escudilla Wilderness Area from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Escudilla Mountain is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border. The nearest developed campground is the Alpine Divide Campground located 1.6 miles south of FR 56 on US 180/191. It is located on the very eastern edge of the Mogollon Rim in Arizona in the White Mountains adjacent to New Mexico. Take the left fork past Tool Box Draw 0.5 miles to the trailhead. This leaves out big stand-alone peaks such as Kendrick, Escudilla, Carrizo, etc. Near the top, the distinctive profile of Escudilla Mountain (10,912 feet) near the New Mexico state line shows a frenzy of aspen resurgence in the scar of the 2011 Wallow Fire. This page could deffinatley use and excerpt detailing how escudilla is always on the horizon from Aldo Leopold. Ugly hike because of the Wallow fire in 2011. The Fire Tower was severely damaged in the fire & is now closed to the public with a 10' fence. Elk, mule deer, chipmunks, and squirrels are commonly seen. No accessibility up to the top. Water: Trailhead Elevation: 9,600 ft. The lows last night in the area were in the upper 30s. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Lots of warblers: MacGillivray’s, Yellow-Rumped, Virginia’s, Townsend’s, Hermit, Nashville, and Orange Crowned. 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