Elden Lookout Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Flagstaff: Follow Santa Fe Avenue past the entrance to the Flagstaff Mall and the Peaks Ranger District Office to a trailhead parking lot just off the north side of the street.
Good to get your heart rate up but not the best views in flagstaff
I gave this trail only 3 stars because it is NOT "moderately trafficked". Most of the year, especially on weekends, the very large and ample parking lot is absolutely overflowing, no kidding. The trail is great and I've used it to train to hike the Grand Canyon, but most of the trail is close-enough to Hwy 89 to be noisy, which for me is a negative.
Trail is well maintained, the steep is moderated not really intense; however, there are some slippery parts that you may need to be careful when going down. The view is worth, could even more beautiful if the fire didn't happen..
Very intense and inclined hike!
Fairly steep trail. great for training for The Canyon
Great Hike. Hard to strenuous. Once you get to the top. You have an excellent view to the north of Mount Humphreys.
OMG...this trail kicked my glutes and legs. We got about 3/4 of the way up before having to turn around due to thunder and lightning. Highly recommend this trail to everyone.
A great workout with a beautiful view.
Good workout! Gets steeper as you go up!
A great trail to train for adventure racing.
Great workout with nice views.
Woof!! Quite the butt kicker. Literally, kicks your glutes, hamstrings, quads. Basically straight up after the first 20mins, and doesn't relent. We looked out after 30mins and couldn't believe how much elevation we'd already gained. Great workout, beautiful trail with breezy shaded spots perfect for a break. Took us 1:50 going up and 1:15 coming down, 3hr total. Views from the top are incredible. Trekking poles would've helped, we will bring them next time. No water or restrooms, so bring plenty and come prepared.
This hike is great if you want to get a booty exercise! It starts out pretty easily but about a mile and a half into the trail you really start to climb this mountain! Once your at the top you get an amazing view of my Humphreys and all of flagstaff! The trail is easy to follow and not to rocky. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good workout!
This trail kicked my butt for sure, but it was worth it!
Some recommendations: bring more water than you think you'll need, especially if you're hiking during midday, bring a hiking stick or poles (these will be so helpful near the especially steep portions, plus get those arms a workout!), and definitely have a hat and warm jacket since the top of Elden is tremendously windy and chilly.
Take your time, stop to enjoy the view once in awhile, and you won't have too much trouble with this trail.