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Want to get away from it all? The Apache Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has secluded spaces for outdoor adventures year-round. Hikers and anglers can check out the 11,000-acre Bear Wallow Wilderness Area (west of U.S. 191 and bordered by FSR 25 and 54), which has cool, flowing streams stocked with native Apache trout. The Rose Spring Trail is a pleasant 5.5-mile hike with a moderate gradient and magnificent views from the Mogollon Rim's edge; the trailhead is at the end of Forest Service Road 54. Reno Trail and Gobbler Trail both drop into the main canyon from well-marked trailheads off Forest Service Road 25. Reno Trail meanders 2 miles through conifer forest and aspen, while Gobbler Trail is 2.5 miles long, with views overlooking the Black River and Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This designated wilderness (and some of its trails) borders the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, where an advance permit is required for entry.
Hannagan Meadow Winter Recreation Area. In winter, try the 8.5 miles of groomed cross-country trails of the Hannagan Meadow Winter Recreation Area, which also is part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The 4.5-mile Clell Lee Loop is an easy route; the more advanced, ungroomed KP Rim Loop traverses upper elevations of the Blue Range Primitive Area and provides some of the most varied (and tranquil) remote skiing in the state. The area just northeast of U.S. 191 is a snowmobiling playground. Trailheads are at U.S. 191 and Forest Service Road 576. There are no rental shops nearby, so bring your own equipment.
Contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests' Alpine Ranger District (928/339–5000 www.fs.usda.gov/asnf) for trail maps and information. Alpine Ranger District, U.S. 191, Hannagan Meadow, AZ, 85920.
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