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High in the Apache National Forest in Northern Arizona is the sacred Mount Baldy.  The Apache Indians viewed this mountain and valley to be the most sacred.  It is the highest point in the Apache Forest, and the second highest point in Arizona.  Mount Baldy has one of the highest populations of Ponderosa pine trees, making it a spectacular sight.  The base is at around 6,000 feet and it's summit is a toppling 11,420 feet.  

Before hiking Mount Baldy, you'll need to know a few things.  Though it is roughly a 4,500 foot climb, it is going to take much longer than you think to climb.  It takes about 6 hours to get to the top, and about 4 hours down.  You're looking at roughly a 10 hour day, so pack accordingly.  Bring plenty of water, food, and, one thing I forgot; toilet paper  (But don't worry, if you forgot, there is plenty of vegetation which can accommodate).  When you go to the base, there are 2 trail heads.  The one I would recommend is the north base.  The first few hours of the climb are fairly simple.  It's not too much of an incline, but you're surrounded by trees and wildlife and towering mountains.  After the first 2 hours of your climb, you come to a nice stream with a cobblestone bridge.  Take a drink, it is the tastiest water you will come by.  

Shortly after you pass the stream, you come to the most beautiful valley meadow you will ever see.  It is a valley filled with beautiful wild flowers and all sorts of shrubbery and tropical vegetation.  This is where your climb actually begins.  For the next 3 hours you're going to ascend this beautiful mountain, but it is no easy task.  I would recommend wearing a camelback so you don't have to reach for your water whenever you're thirsty.  When you finally get to the top, you'll know.  They don't call it Mount Baldy for no reason.  You'll notice a thinning of trees, because the summit is actually bald.  All that's there is a bit of grass, but no trees.  

Once you are on top of the highest peak in the White Mountains, your life will be changed.  It is one of the most spiritual climbs ever.  The Apaches knew it, and I know it.  I would recommend this climb to anyone.

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