Although mop-up of the 538,049-acre Wallow Fire continues in Arizona, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests announced that the popular Mt. Baldy trails — including West Baldy, East Baldy and Baldy Crossover — have reopened for hiker use. As with all wilderness trails, no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed. However, trail users should be aware that downed trees across the trail at multiple locations may present difficulties for hikers as well as horses.
Mt. Baldy is the second highest peak in Arizona at 11,420 ft (3481 m.) The trails meander through dense forest with large, old ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and spruce. Hikers beware: the Forest Service has postponed planned trail maintenance, first due to the Wallow Fire, and now due to monsoon season. Since it’s not safe for a trail crew to work in such a remote wilderness location during lightning season, trail maintenance is planned to begin in September.
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