Whitewater Baldy is the highest mountain in southwestern New Mexico. It's located in the Gila National Forest and the Gila Wilderness Area. The heavily forested Whitewater Baldy is not bald - it's covered with trees. Despite its high elevation, Whitewater Baldy is not very impressive. It's really just a rounded hump that happens to be higher than everything else around it. Because of the extensive tree cover in this area, the winter snows often don't completely melt until July. Whitewater Baldy is located in the Mogollon Mountains. The new field of Prominence has made Whitewater Blady an important mountain. With a prominence of 3,535', it's big enough to make an impressive appearance on the New Mexico Prominence Map.
From the town of Glenwood on US 180, drive north about five miles to NM 159. Turn right, and drive east on the paved road as it heads for the scenic Whitewater Canyon. The road soon narrows to one and a half lanes. Continue driving up the winding and narrow road until you reach the small town of Mogollon after nine miles. The road turns to dirt here. Continue driving east on the road through the thick forest for about nine more miles until you reach the marked Sandy Point
parking area and trailhead. This road is closed in the winter and early spring.
Contact the Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District, at 505-539-2481 for the latest information.
Forest Service Map: Gila National Forest.
Topo Map: Grouse Mountain.
You can camp at the Sandy Point trailhead, which has restroom facilities. There are also several Forest Service Campgrounds in the area.