Blue Peak
The Peak
Rank: #13 Summit Elevation: 9,346 ft.
Vegetation: Spruce, Douglas fir, and emerald grass near trailhead at KP Cienega. Hardwoods, riparian vegetation, and high-desert vegetation such as prickly pear, cholla, yucca, and scrub oak in KP Canyon. Aspen and mixed conifers on upper #71 and #72.  Frequently Seen Animals: beaver, deer, elk, black bear, trout (fishing permit required).
Hiking Season: May to October  
The Trail
Name: KP Creek Trail #70 to Blue Lookout Trail #71 (also known as Blue Cabin Trail) to McKittrick Trail #72 which goes to summit. Difficulty: Strenuous
Length of Hike:  8.9 miles one-way. 17.8 miles round-trip, or 10.2 miles between KP Cienega trailhead and McKittrick trailhead. Trail Elevation Change: 2,546 ft.
Water: None on Trail #71 or #72. Trail Lowpoint in KP Creek: 6,800 ft.
Tips: After finishing the trail to the lookout, you may return the way you came, or hike back on Trail #72 to FR 84. In the latter case, you may want to leave a second car at the McKittrick trailhead on FR84, or hike back to US 191, turn right, and walk back to KP Cienega campground.
This trail is in the Blue Range Primitive Area, and all visitors should take great pains to leave it as they found it and not disturb the plants or wildlife. There is a fire lookout tower at the top of mountain. The Blue Cabin, 0.9 miles below the #71-#72 junction, has been used as a home for the lookout and before that by a German immigrant bank robber who was shot by a posse as he left the cabin with his hands up.
Hiking Permit Needed: No. Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed. Horses Permitted: Yes.
Cross-country Skiing Permitted:  Yes. Mountain Bikes Permitted: No.
Safety Tips: Bring warm clothing and raingear any time of year. 
The Drive
General Location: Eastern Arizona between White Mountains and Mogollon Rim Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes
Nearest Town: Alpine  
Directions: From Alpine, drive south 28 miles on US 191 to the 1.3 mile road leading to KP Cienega Campground and trailhead.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Bear Mtn., Strayhorse Office of Tourism Region: High Country
County: Greenlee Managing Agency: Alpine Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, P.O. Box 469, Alpine, AZ 85920, Voice: (928) 339-4384, TTY: (928) 339-4566 
Web Site:

3-D View     |     Map to Trailhead     |    Map of Hike     |     Hike Info     |     Photo