Welcome to the White Mountains of Arizona! You are vacationing in one of the few wilderness and primitive areas in the lower 48 states.
Here are few reminders for your safety and enjoyment:
You are in high elevation and operating on 70% of the oxygen that is present at sea level. Take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and do not over exert yourself. A good hiking pace is one that allows you to talk or sing as you go.
Drink every 20 minutes. In summer, it is cooler, but very dry here compared to Phoenix and Tucson. Water is the most important item in your pack. A diluted solution of a sports drink will help with salt loss through sweat. Pack snacks that will not melt.
UV radiation is more intense at high altitude. Be sure to wear and replace sun block throughout the day. SPF 30 or higher is recommended, a hat is also helpful.
Suggested attire: closed toe shoes or boots and socks- no sandals, comfortable clothes for the weather, a hat, sunglasses, a daypack, poncho or rain top if hiking in July and August monsoon weather. Camera, hiking staff or poles, light jacket or fleece top are optional. Bear Wallow area has poison ivy, long pants are suggested.
An adult or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.
All of the trails are in Wilderness or National Forest areas. There may or may not be restroom facilities at trailheads. There are no restrooms on any trail route, so please plan accordingly. We practice no trace hiking- "pack it in, pack it out".
Due to the Wallow fire of 2011, many trails will go through burned forest areas. While not all areas are burned, some are more scenic than others.