Escudilla Mountain
Rank: #3 Summit Elevation: 10,912 ft.
Vegetation: spruce, fir, aspens, meadows, and wildflowers Frequently Seen Animals: beaver, deer, elk, black bear.
Hiking Season: May to October  
The Trail
Name: Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308 (from Toolbox Draw) Difficulty: Moderate
Length of Hike (r/t):  6.0 miles Trail Elevation Change: 1,312ft.
Water:  Trailhead Elevation: 9,600 ft.
Tips: This trail is in the Escudilla Wilderness, and an area that was burned by a wildfire in 1951 is designated a Research Natural Area. There is a fire lookout tower near top of mountain. Fall colors best around beginning of October.
Trail mileage log (from http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/): 0.0 miles Trailhead parking area; 0.1 Enter Escudilla Mountain Wilderness; 0.7 Aspen trees have been cut to increase browse for deer (Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project); 1.3 Tool Box Meadow-panoramic views; 1.9 Junction Government Trail; 2.8 Spur trail to left, continue right on old roadbed; 2.9 Spur trail on right leads to Bead Springs Meadow (no camping); 3.0 Escudilla Lookout. 
Guidelines
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. Please sign in at the trailhead register.
The Drive
General Location: White Mountains in Eastern Arizona. Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes
Nearest Town: Alpine  
Directions: Drive 5.5 miles north from Alpine on US 191 to Forest Road 56. Turn right on Forest Road 56 and follow it 3.6 miles to Terry Flat. Take the left fork past Tool Box Draw 0.5 miles to the trailhead.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Escudilla Office of Tourism Region: High Country
County: Apache 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: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/recreation/trails/alpine_trails/trl_alp_escudilla.shtml


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