The Greer areas has some of the best hiking in the state of Arizona. The following list contains some of our favorites.
The West Baldy Trail is one of the most scenic trails in the state. If you only had one day to spend in Greer, we would recommend hiking this trail. The trailhead is located 8 miles from White Mountain Lodge just off AZ 273. The trail starts off following the West Fork of the Little Colorado River as it meanders through mountain meadows and old growth fir, spruce, and aspen stands. Approximately 3 miles from the trailhead, the trail begins up a climb to a saddle near the summit of Mt. Baldy (the summit is on the White Mountain Apache reservation and access is restricted to tribe members only).
This short nature trail’s trailhead is located just 1/4 mile from White Mountain Lodge. This trail is a 1 mile loop with numbered posts corresponding to a pamphlet available at the trailhead. Mule deer and turkey are often seen just off the trail. A spur game trail takes you up to a saddle that provides a nice overlook of Greer. Several other game trails off the Butler Canyon Trail take you to the top of the ridge east of Greer, providing spectacular views of Greer, Mt. Baldy, and the Greer Reservoirs.
The trailhead for this trail is located just off Osborne Road 1/2 mile from White Mountain Lodge. The trail follows Badger Creek for the first 1/2 mile up to Trail Tank. From there it continues to climb to the top of the ridge west of Greer and parallels the West Fork of the Little Colorado River until it ends at Sheeps Crossing, the trailhead for the West Baldy Trail. Mule deer are often seen just above Trail Tank.
The trailhead for the East Baldy Trail is located 11 miles from White Mountain Lodge, 3 miles east of Sheeps Crossing on AZ 273. The trail initially follows the East Fork of the Little Colorado River for the first mile as it meanders through meadows and fir stands. It then gradually climbs away from the river, reaching the base of a large volcanic rock outcropping approximately 3 miles from the trail head. From there, the trail switchbacks to the top of the rock outcropping, providing spectacular views of Big Lake and Escudilla Mountain. The trail continues on along a ridge, eventually hooking up with the West Baldy Trail.
The trailhead for the Thompson Trail is located 18 miles from White Mountain Lodge. The follows the West Fork of the Black River as it leaves a meadow just east of Mt. Baldy and descends into a canyon. The Wallow Fire hit the vegetation on the upper canyon pretty hard, but spruce and fir are still abundant in the canyon bottom along the stream.
The trailhead for the Government Springs trail is located at the end of the road on the south side of Greer, 1.7 miles from White Mountain Lodge. The trail follows the West Fork of the Little Colorado River south from town through a narrow valley, eventually leading to Sheep’s Crossing.