The Mount Baldy Wilderness Map produced by the US Forest Service contains the most up-to-date information on access roads, trails, campsites, terrain, and points of interest within the Mount Baldy Wilderness areas. All wilderness maps contain contour lines, a topographic quad index andcontact phone numbers, and the vast majority contain planning tips anddescriptions of the terrain.
An extinct volcano rising to 11,403 feet, Mount Baldy stands within the White Mountain Apache Reservation; the Wilderness occupies its eastern slope. Most of the forest covering the mountain is mixed conifers with ponderosa pine in the lower elevations and fir and spruce higher up. Large meadows break open the forest, carpeted in summer with wildflowers. Summer thunderstorms are frequent, as are lightning strikes on the mountain.
Two major trails crisscross the Wilderness. The popular West Baldy Trail (Sheep’s Crossing) follows the West Fork of the Little Colorado River for seven miles. The East Baldy Trail (Phelp’s Cabin) follows the East Fork of the Little Colorado for seven miles and receives much less foot traffic. The trails join near the reservation boundary to form a 14-mile loop. The last half mile to the top of the mountain, on Reservation land, is closed.
Wilderness information courtesy of Wilderness.net