To the Trailhead: From the Alpine area, go 5.1 miles on HWY-191/180. Turn right onto the well graded FR56. Drive 4.6 miles to a signed road junction. Turn left and drive another 0.5 miles to the signed trailhead.
Hike up Escudilla mountain in Eastern Arizona.
From the parking area, you'll follow along an old (now closed) dirt road. The trail is well worn and easy to follow for it's entirety. You'll start hiking through a lovely forest of Aspens as you climb gradually upwards. As the trail continues to climb, you'll emerge into some wide open meadows that provide great views. The trail levels out on a ridgeline (known as Profanity Ridge) and actually descends a bit before the final climb through a well shaded pine forest to the fire lookout tower at the top of the mountain.
If the tower is manned, you can climb up and enjoy the views in all directions, including mount Baldy, the Blue Range, and even into the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.
When ready, return the way you came.