Hike of the Week: Porter Mountain

Mare CzinarAugust 30, 2023
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Porter Mountain, Pinetop-Lakeside

Anchoring the heart of the 200+-mile White Mountains Trail System, the Timber Mesa and Panorama loop trails offer easy access, moderate workouts and abundant scenic beauty. The popular, close-to-town loops are tethered by two lesser-used connector routes, the Sawmill and Flume trails. While enabling seamless travel between the two big circuits, the auxiliary routes also provide access to some interesting side trips like a hike up Porter Mountain.

  • LENGTH: Porter Mountain: 3 miles up-and-back; Porter Mountain with Flume Trail: 8 miles out-and-back; Flume Connector alone: 5 miles out-and-back.
  • RATING: moderate
  • ELEVATION: Porter Mountain: 6,961 – 7,595 feet; Flume Trail #636B: 6,961 – 7,184 feet.
  • BEST SEASON: May – October


  • From State Route 260 (White Mountain Blvd.) in Pinetop-Lakeside, turn left on Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45) and go 5 miles—watch for a sharp right turn– to the Panorama trailhead on the left.
  • Roads are 100% paved.