Is it too early to be ready for spring? We think not! That's why we've found the perfect Arizona mountain hike that you and your friends can tackle this season. You wouldn't believe the views from the top.\nEast Baldy Trail is a moderate 12-mile roundtrip trek that has amazing panoramic sights as you get closer to Mount Baldy's Peak. Since you're walking up a mountain, there's a substantial elevation gain of 11,200 feet, so plan accordingly.\nSince the summit is on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, you'll need to get permission beforehand to hike all the way to the top. If you can't, no worries. You'll still get to see some pretty amazing scenery along the way.\nThere are no permit fees required and you can find detailed directions on parking here. Whether you're an avid hiker or not, the sweat will be worth it.\nOn the trail, you'll come across wildflower-filled meadows in late-spring, boulders, and on occasion, streams. We think the best time to visit is spring and summer. During the winter, the mountain will be covered in snow.\nThe path is in the backcountry, so we recommend bringing along some essentials:\nSunscreen and sunglasses\nPlenty of water\nExtra food and snacks (pack out what you pack in)\nInsect repellent\nA map and flashlight\nAnd don't forget your camera! From the top, you'll be able to see Big Lake, Crescent Lake, part of Black River Valley, and more.\nView this post on Instagram Follow your trail wherever it goes... • #5days #onwardandupward #onedayatatime #whitemountains #eastbaldytrail #mtbaldy #mtbaldytrail #explorearizona #capturearizona #arizona #arizona🌵 #arizonahiking #hikingarizona #arizona_hiking #arizona_landscapes #hiking_arizona A post shared by Bryan West (@bryanwesttv) on Aug 3, 2019 at 8:13am PDT\nAre you wondering why this mountain has the name it does? The peak of the mountain is bare there are no bushes or vegetation. Hence the name, Mt. Baldy.\nView this post on Instagram With views like this, who’s going to complain about 18 miles? A post shared by kearty (@kearty) on Sep 2, 2019 at 12:14pm PDT\nThis scenic hike is the best way to hop into spring. Literally.\nIf you're visiting from out-of-state, we recommend planning a BFF getaway or kayaking the Verde River with wine afterward. Either way, they should be on your bucket list.\nView this post on Instagram A hidden gem in the Grand Canyon State. 🌼🌲⛈ A post shared by Kyle Jarrell (@kyle_jarrell_434) on Jul 16, 2019 at 8:22am PDT\nEast Baldy Trail\nDifficulty: Moderate to difficult\nLength: Approx. 12-miles roundtrip\nAddress: Big Lake, Arizona\nWhy You Need To Go: You can plan a springtime mountain hike with friends + get amazing views.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.