The access road to this small campground transitions from pinyon-juniper woodlands to open grassland valley with perennial streams and passes many old ranch houses. Views extend out into the open grasslands and pine forests, as well as a substantial stretch of the Mogollon Rim face, covered with ...
|Description: The 1,200-acre Pole Knoll area offers fantastic views of the White Mountains. Sunrise Lake, Sunrise Peak, and Mt. Baldy can be seen to the southwest, and the Colorado Basin can be viewed to the east.|
Wildlife to Watch: Mammals include mule deer, pronghorn and Abert’s and red squirrel. Birds of prey include red-tailed hawk, northern goshawk, and American kestrel. Broad-tailed and rufous hummingbirds are seen here, as well as northern flicker, red-naped and Williamson’s sapsucker, western wood-pewee, Cordilleran flycatcher, plumbeous and warbling vireos, Steller’s jay, Clark’s nutcracker, red-breasted and pygmy nuthatches, western tanager, red crossbill, pine siskin, and yellow-rumped and Grace’s warblers.
Other Activities: A complex of loop hiking trails surround Pole Knoll, totaling almost 30 miles in length and doubling as cross-country ski trails in the winter. The shortest loop is about one mile and the longest is six miles, with most trail ratings from easy to moderate. A couple running to the summit of the knoll are rated as difficult. The trails are all dirt-based and not universally accessible.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Size: 1200 acres
Closest Town: Eagar
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