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Wildcat Point Loop Drive
The 45-mile loop passes through old-growth forest and offers scenic vistas of the Black River and the East Fork of the Black River. There are two overlooks of the Black River canyon and a scenic 7-mile driving route that parallels the East Fork of the Black River.
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Escudilla Mountain - Terry Flat Loop
Description: This 15-mile driving route along the eastern edge of the White Mountains loops around the high meadows of Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona at 10,877 feet. There are old-growth stands of Engleman spruce, aspen, and Douglas and white fir in the nearby Escudilla Wilderness Area. Extensive groves of aspen provide magnificent fall colors around the first week in October. Sego lily, Indian paintbrush, cinquefoil, and wild onions are among the abundant wildflowers here in July and August. The Escudilla Wilderness Area encompasses a hiking trail on top of Escudilla Mountain.

Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife can be viewed along the entire length of the drive or from the hiking trail. Elk, mule deer, Merriam’s turkey, blue grouse, black bear, long-tailed weasel, and Abert’s and red squirrel are commonly seen, along with many songbirds. Look for broad-tailed and rufous hummingbirds, Williamson’s and red-naped sapsucker, Cordilleran flycatcher, and plumbeous vireo. Mountain bluebird, western tanager, hermit thrush, Clark’s nutcracker, golden-crowned kinglet, dark-eyed junco, and northern goshawk are among the many birds seen here.

Special Tips: Terry Flat is a fairly reliable place to find an American three-toed woodpecker. Take the right fork of the loop and listen for the three-toed woodpecker’s drumming, especially near the Paddy Creek area.

Other Activities: The 6-mile Terry Flat loop can be driven or walked. Escudilla National Recreation Trail #308 is 3 miles in length with a moderate difficulty rating, traversing the wilderness area from the loop road to the fire tower on the mountain summit. Once topping out from the highway, take the left fork of the loop road about 0.3 mile to the trailhead parking area.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache Sitgreaves National Forests 
Size: 15-mile loop drive 
Closest Town: Alpine

Facilities:
ParkingHikingAuto TourRV Pullout

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Escudilla Mountain - Terry Flat Loop - photo by George Andrejko
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Driving Directions:
From Alpine, go north on U.S. Hwy. 191 almost 6 miles, and then turn east at Milepost 421 onto Forest Road 56 (Terry Flat – Hulsey Lake road). Continue for 4.7 miles to the road fork that begins the 6-mile loop of Terry Flat atop Escudilla Mountain.

For more information call 928-339-4384.

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Escudilla Mountain - Terry Flat Loop : Wildlife Viewing Area