West of Springerville in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Pole Knoll Recreation area trail system provides access to 30 miles of horseback riding on trails and forest road.
Pole Knoll is very typical of the knolls that grace the White Mountains. The north side is heavily timbered with spruce, fir and aspen. The west and south aspects are mainly bunch-grass with some mixed conifers toward the top. The east side of the knoll is a mixture of ponderosa pine, spruce, fir, aspen and even a few hardy oak trees
Trails and roads provide access to most sections of the knoll. The hiking trail system covers all terrain found on the knoll. Vehicles are prohibited from the fragile grass slopes and the recently built trails in the forested areas. Please obey all road closure signs. There are enough roads without making new ones. The Pole Knoll cross country ski area is closed to motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles.
Each trail has been given a name. The trails originating from the Pole Knoll side have descriptive names and the names of birds and animals. The trails originating from below, near Greer, have been given numbered designations. Pamphlets describing the trails are available at the sign-in register at each of the trailheads. Please return the pamphlet when you are through so that others might use it.
The Pole Knoll area offers fantastic views of the White Mountains, both in the distance and close up. Keep your eyes to the ground and you may see wildflowers, mushrooms and animal tracks. Look up and you can see Sunrise Lake, Sunrise Peak and Mt. Baldy stretched out to the southwest, Greens Peak to the north and the Little Colorado Basin to the east.
Pole Knoll is located to the south of AZ 260, about 14 miles west of Springerville/Eagar.
Overall, Pole Knoll Recreation Trail is the 45th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in Arizona.