1) Day 1: Sunday, July 30th – 7:30AM - meet in Willcox, AZ on the restaurant side of the Travel Center of America Truckstop. Drive via NM78 over the Big Lue Mountains into New Mexico and then north to Alpine via US180. Various stops for butterflies along the way. Overnight in Springerville. Several motels are available in the Springerville area.
2) Day 2: Monday, July 31st – This day we will need to carpool into no more than 4 vehicles. We can car pool either from the motel or from the Safeway parking lot nearby. Locations include Sheep Crossing and Mt. Baldy Trail 94, plus other sites depending on the weather (thunderstorms possible) including South Fork and Becker Lake, both near Springerville. Overnight in Springerville area.
3) Day 3: Tuesday, August 1st – Morning along FS 117 (Green's Peak Area). Trip ends around noon, probably at Pole Knoll (restrooms and picnic tables) near Greer. Note: The leader will probably not be returning to the Tucson area at the end of the trip.
The specialties of summer in the White Mountains are 4 kinds of Fritillaries, Garita and Edward's Skipperlings, White Mtns Ruddy Copper, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Small Wood-Nymph, Peck's Skipper, checkerspots, and many other butterflies not found in SE AZ. Expect thunderstorms, sometimes violent!
Travel will be on both paved and good gravel roads. The elevations in the White Mtns get up to over 9,000ft but the higher areas are on a plateau and the hills are gentle once you get up there from the lowlands.
Participants should bring lunch, water, and snacks for the first day. There is a Safeway, as well as a McDonald's, Subway, and 2 Circle K's in Springerville and/or Eagar where food can be purchased for the other days. We will be making frequent restroom stops at places with forest service restrooms, except for along the Green's Peak Rd where there will be available gullies, bushes, and trees.
Type of terrain: Mountain trails, meadows, and creek beds with the elevation between 6000’ and 9000’ therefore it will be mildly strenuous at times. There can be rocky areas and or slippery areas along the trails, in meadows, and alongside of streams and in stream beds etc.