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.<br><br>
South Fork Trail
|Description: The South Fork Trail is seven miles long, running from the South Fork Campground to Mexican Hay Lake. The lower trail, at 7,500 feet elevation, follows the river for 3.5 miles through stands of cottonwood, pine, aspen, and oak. The trail climbs to 9,000 feet, providing spectacular views of high elevation grasslands to the north.|
Wildlife to Watch: The campground is a good place to look for birds, as is the trail. Birders have spotted Cordilleran flycatcher, western wood-pewee, western tanager, and black-headed grosbeak here. Plumbeous and warbling vireo, American robin, and lesser goldfinch can be found in the campground, while Grace’s, Virginia’s, red-faced and yellow-rumped warblers, olive-sided flycatcher, and both Williamson’s and red-naped sapsuckers are found at higher elevations along the trail. Montezuma quail are resident, but are difficult to observe.
Special Tips: There is private property interspersed with the public land in the South Fork area; please respect it and do not trespass.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Size: 7-mile trail
Closest Town: Eagar
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