Escudilla Loop

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Escudilla Loop runs under the southern slopes of Escudilla Mountain before looping around the alpine meadows of Terry Flat. The beginning of the trail offers nice dispersed campsites. Hulsey Lake is stocked with trout seasonally. The day-use area at the lake has a vault toilet. A hiking trailhead is just after the split for the loop around Terry Flat. The 7.16 mile (round trip) Escudilla Trail climbs to the remnants of a fire lookout tower scorched in the massive 2011 Wallow Fire. The effects of the fire are very evident along the road. Terry Flat is a massive alpine meadow with numerous springs and a small creek. The meadow is a favorite grazing area for elk. Escudilla Mountain was also a site for the reintroduction of the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. The pack that ranges on the Escudilla can occasionally be heard at night. There are numerous campsites scattered along the loop around Terry Flat.