East Mountain Trail
Location: Tonto National Forest
Length, One-Way: 4 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 5560 feet
Maximum Elevation: 6120 feet
Elevation Change: 560 feet
Best Season: Spring to Fall
The East Mountain Trail (#214) offers excellent views of the surrounding area as well as of Globe and Miami. The trail follows a ridge through a forest of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. From the Pioneer Pass Trailhead, the East Mountain Trail heads east then descends and crosses the creek. The trail begins to climb for about 1,000 feet following an old jeep road. Where this road ends, the trail turns to the northeast and begins a long gradual climb up to a saddle, then levels off following a contour along the east side of the next peak. The trail enters an area of downed trees damaged by strong winds called Dead Tree Saddle. Following the ridge, the trail head along the west face of East Mountain.
At mile marker 2.1, the East Mountain Trail heads down the west side of the peak following a series of switch backs, passing Bear Paw Spring, Finally descending back down to Pinal Creek. At mile 3.7, the trail junctions with the Toll Road Trail (#200) heading north. Continue east on the trail for a short distance to the trail’s end at Forest Road 112.
Drive south on Forest Route 112 for about eight miles to the
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