White Mountains, Pinetop-Lakeside

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With the temperature hitting a constant 110°F/43°C this summer (pretty normal for Arizona summers), we had a somewhat spur of the moment mini-weekend getaway to the much cooler White Mountains. We wanted to see trees! Grass! Water! So it was off to Pinetop-Lakeside for us!

Pine trees and lake at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

The 4 hour drive wasn’t bad at all. Of course, we’re used to driving distances considering the next major city from where we live is always about 2 hours away. We drove through windy canyons and made a stop at a scenic view of the Salt River.

Salt River cutting through canyons along AZ-77 US-70 W highway, Arizona
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Salt River cutting through canyons along AZ-77 US-70 W highway, Arizona

Salt River cutting through canyons along AZ-77 US-70 W highway, Arizona

We arrived in Show Low early afternoon and grabbed lunch before exploring the local trails in Pinetop-Lakeside:

Paved trail and pine trees at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
Through the Woodland Lake Park loop –which branches out into other trails.

Covered log cabin bridge at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Leonids on covered log cabin bridge in Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
Water! Not a very large lake but in Arizona we’ll take what we can get! People were fishing at all of the lakes we visited in the Pinetop-Lakeside area.

Geese goose at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Bird at at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Leonids on green bridge trail at at Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
In Arizona, our bridges usually don’t have water under them.

After a short hike & nearly getting lost, we took a scenic drive on White Mountain Boulevard (Highway 260). It is SO picturesque with lots of grazing cattle & horses and abandoned cabins along the way!

Scenic drive on White Mountain Blvd, Highway 260 on Apache-Sitgreaves reservation in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
If we had more time, it would’ve been nice to climb Mount Baldy but as it is, we decided not to have any set plans & played everything by ear.  Plus, we didn’t know which trails had been affected by the wildfires.

Horse ranch along Scenic drive on White Mountain Blvd, Highway 260 on Apache-Sitgreaves reservation in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ

Eagle on fence in Apache Sitgreaves Reservation forest at Pinetop Lakeside, White Mountains, AZ

Abandoned cabin along Scenic drive on White Mountain Blvd, Highway 260 on Apache-Sitgreaves reservation in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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Chocolate cake dessert at Chalet Restaurant in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
Chocolate cake from the Chalet Restaurant & Bar.  A Paleo sin but sooo delicious.

#12 Omelette and home fries breakfast from Darbi's Cafe in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
And as suggested by Arizona Highways magazine, we had breakfast on the patio of Darbi’s Cafe the next morning before heading back to tree-less, hot Tucson.

All in all, a very relaxing weekend!

1 Comment

  1. Katherine | July 29, 2012 at 5:08 am
     

    What breathtaking views :) Nice travel blog :)

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