Escudilla National Recreation Trail, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Nutrioso
Topping out at just under 10,900-feet of elevation, Escudilla Mountain Trail is Arizona’s third highest path– only the Humphreys Peak trail in Flagstaff and the Mount Baldy tail near Greer are higher. The moderate-rated path ascends easily through aspen glens and the territory of the Mexican gray wolf. Elusive and fleet-of-foot, spotting one along White Mountain trails is an extremely rare occurrence. Still, the fact that they are “out there” adds to the allure of the area.
- LENGTH: 6 miles round-trip
- RATING: moderate
- ELEVATION: 9,500 – 10,877 feet
- BEST SEASON: May – October
- FACILITIES: none
- From Springerville, go south on U.S. 191/180 for about 20 miles to Forest Road 56 (between mileposts 420 and 421).
- Turn left on FR-56 and drive roughly 5 miles to the signed trailhead.