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Mount Baldy in Apache County, Arizona, USA

33.9N 109.5W

October 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - September 6th, 2009

USA - September 6th, 2009

The isolated, rounded mountain peaks in the upper half of this orthorectified image of Apache County in northeastern Arizona, USA, contrast with the White Mountains below. Many of the rounded buttes above reach heights of between 9000 and 10,000 feet.

The highest point in the White Mountains, on the other hand, is Mount Baldy (lower right quadrant). 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; it is one of the most sacred mountains to the Apache of Arizona.

Mount Baldy also contains the headwaters of the Salt River and produces the most abundant trout fishing streams in Arizona. The area around Mount Baldy also averages the most abundant precipitation in Arizona.

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