Island Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
It has been more than 700 years since Walnut Canyon echoed with the words and sounds of a vital pueblo community. You'll see 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail; more are visible across the canyon. Spectacular canyon scenery and plantlife. Strenuous, especially for those not acclimated to 7,000' elevation. The trail descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon, and returns the same way. The trail is paved, but not accessible to wheelchairs, due to steep canyon terrain and many stairs.
We did this hike in the summer when I was 7 or 8 months pregnant to escape the heat of Phoenix . Besides there being a lot of stairs the hike was rather easy and enjoyable. Loved the ruins and the park rangers were so knowledgeable!
Cool cultural and historical experience but not an exercise hike.
The archeological site and nature trail signes were a big hit for my 8-year old son. The stairs down and back up are managable, but require functional legs for sure. The trail around the "island" about 1/3 to 1/2 -way down the canyon walls is paved and quite easy.
Excellent views into the past. Very well maintained trail.
Pace yourself on the stairs coming back. Beautiful walk, and cool breezes.
Not sure why this was rated as hard. I'd say moderate at most only because of the stairs going back up. Definitely worth it to see the canyon and ruins. There were plenty of little kids walking it.
This trail has native ruins along the trail and it allows views to adjacent ruins across the valley. It is fascinating to imagine their life in this rugged environment. This is somewhat a demanding hike but I would recommend it for kids and most anyone else. just take your time.
Fun! It was cool seeing the ruins and very different than the Grand Canyon.
You have to pay $8 a person at the front gate, which I'm not normally against but they did not warn us that most of the tail was closed due to ice. It is all paved with stairs, it has some okay views but you can get much better of the ruins and Walnut Canyon else ware in the area. The good thing is there is plenty of information directly on the trail via trail signs.
I enjoyed this hike because of the cave dwellings that you get to either go in or walk right by. The canyon is picturesque as well. There are interpretive signs along the path as you enter the cave dwelling area. Lots of stairs but I made a point to push up them and not stop and succeeded to get back to the visitor's center. Stop by and pay before entering the trail at the visitor's center.
Cool to see all the ruins and great signage telling the sinagua story. 240 stairs
Great short trail. Be sure to read the well placed, information markers. No long views to be seen but it's fun to climb inside some of the cliff-side dwellings and imagine living there with all the kids, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa and the family dog! The climb from bottom to top is an air thief but it's not too far back to the visitors center and their great little book shop. Be sure to look at the great notebooks full of pictures and take special note of the ones showing the rock slide a few short years back! Very interesting.
This loop trail descends down a long set of staircase switchbacks, around an 'island' in the middle of the canyon and back up the 200+ stairs. The stairs can be a little tough if you're not used to the altitude, but the ruins are definitely worth it. The ruins are all along the short trail once you reach the island-- the whole thing can be done in 30 minutes or so.