Arizona, United States
Mount Baldy is a mountain in northeastern Arizona in the United States. It is the highest point in the White Mountains, making it the highest point in Apache County. It is the second highest point in the state after the six summits of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. With a summit 11,420 feet (3,480 meters) above sea level, the peak of Mount Baldy rises above the tree line and is left largely bare of vegetation, lending the mountain its name.
The summit of Mount Baldy is within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and is off-limits to hikers without permission. An unnamed sub-peak with an elevation of 11,400 ft (3,474 m) exists approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) to the north of the summit that is off reservation and accessible to the public via maintained trail.
Mount Baldy is one of the most sacred mountains to the Apache of Arizona. The Western Apache of Arizona inhabited the areas within their most four sacred mountain ranges: the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, the Pinaleno Mountains near the town of Safford in southeastern Arizona, the Four Peaks near the City of Phoenix and the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.
Mount Baldy also contains the headwaters of the Salt River and produces the most abundant trout fishing streams in Arizona. No other mountain in Arizona produces as much rivers and streams.Along its slope it contains numerous manmade lakes. The area around Mount Baldy also averages the most abundant precipitation in Arizona. Mount Baldy also contains abundant wildlife including the recently introduced Mexican Grey Wolf.
While looking northeast from Historic Fort Apache (elevation 5,290ft) Mount Baldy rises 6,130ft in elevation.