The Pinal Mountains are noted for their scenic beauty and ruggedness.The trail offers excellent views of the surrounding area, as well as Globe and Miami.The trail is relatively level along a ridge through a forest of Ponderosa Pine/mixed conifer.
Do not drink untreated water. Giardia, a protozoan, is in many water impoundments and streams. If you PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!! Carry an adequate supply of drinking water. One gallon per person per day is recommended during hot periods. Portions of the trail are rough and should be traveled with caution.
From the Pioneer Pass Trailhead, the trail goes east, drops and crosses the creek, then climbs for the first 1,000 feet while following an old jeep road along a fence-line. Where the road ends, East Mountain Trail 214 turns northeast and begins a long gradual climb up to a saddle, then levels off as it follows a contour along the east side of the next peak.
The trail enters Dead Tree Saddle, an area of downed trees damaged by strong winds. It then follows the ridge along the west face of East Mountain. At mile 2.1 the trail starts down the west side of the peak via a series of switchbacks, passing Bear Paw Spring, finally descending back down to Pinal Creek. At mile 3.7, the trail junctions with the Tollroad Trail 200 heading north. Continue east on East Mountain Trail 214 for a short distance to the end at Forest Road (FR) 112.
April - October
5,560 feet to 6,120 feet