Blue Ridge Mountain Driving Loop

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Abert's Squirrel

Abert’s Squirrel

Distance: 24.4 miles; driving time is approximately one hour.

Difficulty: All but 8.5 miles is paved; the remaining all-purpose, gravel road is suitable for passenger cars in good weather.


  • From the Lakeside Ranger District office, travel southeast on White Mountain Blvd. 0.2 of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Porter Mountain Road.
  • Proceed north 1.7 miles.
  • Turn right to remain on Porter Mountain Road (Forest Road 45); the road name changes to Penrod Road if you proceed straight here.
  • Drive 8.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 182.
  • Turn right and proceed 8.6 miles on FR 182 to its junction with Buck Springs Road.
  • Turn right and proceed ½ mile to the junction of Buck  Springs Road and White Mountain Blvd.
  • Turn right and drive 5.3 miles to the starting point at the Ranger District office.

Highlights: This route through ponderosa pine forest provides a good opportunity to view mule deer, elk, a variety of forest birds, including wild turkey, and small- and medium-sized mammals, including Abert squirrel. The best times to view wildlife  along this route are when animals are most active at dawn and dusk.

Blue Ridge Mountain Driving Loop