Directions to trailhead: Head north on the 87 Beeline Highway to Payson, then take 260 North (or West) to Strawberry. From Strawberry, it is about 7 miles to a turn off for Road 300 on the right side of the road. We may have a lot of cars and folks drive at different speeds. So, use the map in the photo above. Put Strawberry AZ in your phones. We will park shortly after we enter Road 300, past the cattle guard. If you get lost on the drive or fall 20 minutes behind on the drive, we may not be able to wait for you. Feel free to text or call me at[masked]. It shouldn't be hard to find.
Baker Butte is a small summit on the Mogollon Rim with a fire-tower. It has a prominence of over 1,100’. It is accessed from a forest service road about 30 miles north of Payson.
It is only about 1 ¼ miles to the summit gaining over 600’. However, after we reach the summit, we will do a loop hike that will cover 8 ½ miles total, including a couple short off-shoots from the road to the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The hike will have a net-gain of about 1,200’.
This is a good chance to get some altitude and some miles during the summer in a place that isn’t terribly crowded. Temperatures in August typically peak in the mid-70s on top of the Rim, so we shouldn’t be too overheated. Still, it is a decent distance hike, so bring plenty of water.
Please note, this hike is subject to the ability to hike. It is fire season, and roads may close with nearby fires. Therefore, I will check fire status on road closures prior to the hike. There is currently a fire 11 miles to the east, but it is supposedly in control and likely to be extinguished by the monsoon.
READ THE FOLLOWING: The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". The organizer IS NOT trained in first aid and is not a bonded expert mountain guide. You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip.
Assess the route and conditions as if you were going to do this trip solo.
For those who typically RSVP, but have removed their RSVP every single time, you may be asked to join the waitlist to make room for others. For those who RSVP to a hike and are a No-Show, you may be removed from future hikes unless you provide notice to me after the hike that you were unable to attend if you were unable to remove your RSVP. We want everyone to enjoy the mountains and we welcome new people. We just want to make sure that people who will maybe come to a hike do not take spots from those who really want to come to the hike.
About your organizer: My name is Dan. I am relatively new to the Phoenix area (came here early 2017). I have organized over 100 hikes for various groups – mostly in the Sierra Nevada region and in Northern Nevada. I tend to choose mountain summits I have never done before. I do as much preparation and mapping as I can to make sure we take the correct trails. However, when hiking a new mountain, there are always surprises and unknowns.