Whitewater Baldy

Whitewater Baldy is the highest point of the Mogollon Mountains and the 3rd highest mountain in Southern New Mexico, after Sierra Blanca Peak and Lincoln County's Lookout Mountain. It is located in Catron County in the Gila Wilderness, part of the Gila National Forest. It lies about 15 miles (24 km) east of the town of Glenwood (on U.S. Route 180).

Whitewater Baldy
Whitewater Baldy
Location in New Mexico
Highest point
Elevation10,899 ft (3,322 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence3,535 ft (1,077 m)[1]
Coordinates33°19′25″N 108°38′30″W[2]
Geography
LocationCatron County, New Mexico, U.S.
Parent rangeMogollon Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Grouse Mountain
Geology
Volcanic fieldMogollon-Datil volcanic field
Climbing
Easiest routetrail hike

Like all of the surrounding mountains, Whitewater Baldy is part of the Mogollon-Datil volcanic field, and consists of volcanic materials formed between forty and twenty-five million years ago.[3] It is drained on the west side by Whitewater Creek, and on the east by Iron Creek.

Despite its name, Whitewater Baldy is forested up to its summit. It can be accessed by trail from the west along the Crest Trail (Forest Trail 182).[4] It can also be accessed from the east side of the Gila Wilderness.

The area was severely impacted by the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire in 2012.

References

  1. "Whitewater Baldy, New Mexico". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  2. "Whitewater Baldy". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  3. Butterfield, Mike, and Greene, Peter, Mike Butterfield's Guide to the Mountains of New Mexico, New Mexico Magazine Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-937206-88-1
  4. "South Baldy". SummitPost.org.
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