Hiking

The Alpine Area is surrounded by the 2 million acre Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest which includes the Escudilla Wilderness, Bear Wallow Wilderness & the Blue Range Primitive Area, so there’s plenty of room to roam. Travel on foot cross country, along a Forest Road, or designated trail, far or near, it’s up to you. For US Forest Service maps & brochures, click here.

Get acquainted with our beautiful wilderness and join the Summer Hiking Group led by John Peck. Meet up on Mondays (June-August) at 8:00am at the Alpine Community Center parking lot. Moderate level hiking. Contact John Peck for more information. (928) 339-1193.

Escudilla National Recreation Trail
This trail is 6 miles round trip. 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 3rd highest peak in Arizona at 10,877 ft. Horseback riding is allowed. For more information, click here. Note: Weather can be erratic, even in summer, with intense sun, wind, rain or snow. Watch for lightning. Thunderstorms develop very quickly. USGS Map: Escudilla

Akre Lake Trail
This trail is 7 miles round trip. Easy, Elevation 9,100 to 8,700 feet. Trailhead is just south of Hannagan Meadow campground on US Hwy 191. Bicycles allowed. For more information please visit this website. USGS Maps: Hannagan Meadow, Strayhorse.

Big Lake Lookout Trail
This is 2 miles round trip. At the top there’s a lookout and you can
see Mt. Graham. For more information, please click here. USGS Maps: Big Lake North

Also, view other trails in the Alpine Ranger District and Springerville District.

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