Explore the most popular trail running trails in Buffalo Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

The lack of oxygen pushes you to take it easy on the way up, step by step and breathing as if you were on a treadmill. Unless you are a Flagstaff resident and are used to the less oxygen atmosphere. The views are definitely breathtaking for sure. Go light but take water and some snacks. When you reach the summit you will be ready to eat some carbs.

please be sure to acclimate for a day or two if you are not a resident of higher elevations. made it to the top, but felt early stages of elevation sickness and immediately descended. trail is well marked and somewhat busy even at the top, cell service 95% of the way. sunscreen recommended, even with the tree coverage i was burnt through my shirt.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful area but hard to stay on the intended trail. After you descend down, you cross over the pipeline intersection and head towards the mountain. There are a lot of small off trails so I’m not certain I actually stayed on the intended trail or not. But.. it was beautiful and great views of Flagstaff. I’ll try it again soon!

Great for trail running!

hiking
14 days ago

This 2500ft incline hike will test your stamina for sure. Be careful as the trail seems to have been washed out in a few places higher up. This hike has what I call a grand staircase feature which is pretty cool. Unbelievable views at the top when you reach the towers. This hike took me just under 3 hours to complete, rests included. Passed by many other hikers on this trail as it is popular due to how close the trailhead is to Flagstaff. I recommend trekking poles for the descent, especially if you have bad ankles and knees like me.

hiking
1 month ago

Felt pretty decent until the mountain greeted us. Steep and semi technical but very enjoyable. Hard is accurate but there is plenty of area to throttle down and rest.

I enjoyed my walk around Buffalo Park. Scenic vistas. Elk. Easy trail for me. No mountains to climb! I will go there again.

We hiked it last week, we were visiting and not used to the higher elevation so we huffed and puffed a bit on this one despite being fit runners. Our dogs accompanied us on the hike and enjoyed it as well. A little snow and wind at the top but a beautiful view of the city! We went at 9am on a Wednesday and pretty much had the trial to ourselves.

So beautiful! Worth every step up and every time I fell down.

trail running
1 month ago

I run/hike this trail at least 3 times a week. Perfect for getting your heart pumping with beautiful views of Flagstaff.

Pretty great hike. We had been told it was a good training hike and found it to be a nice Sunday morning workout. We went at 7 am to avoid a lot of foot traffic and were the only people on the trail aside from one other until the end of our hike. It took us 3 hours. Some snow and wind at the top, but well worth it.

was a lot of fun in the snow. :)

Nice and easy

hiking
3 months ago

one of my favorite hikes. it's in town which makes it perfect for before/after work hikes in the summer when days are longer. definitely harder than mt. humphrys in my opinion. short and steep--it's like climbing stairs but skipping every other step. highly recommend for a good work out to take it fast, or a good slow challenge!

trail running
4 months ago

I’ve run many trails in the west and this is now one of my favorites. Super fun single track with runable flats and enough climbing to be challenging but not to tough. Great views of Flagstaff from the trail.

Moderate rating justified. For beginners the distance might make this a bit too much. Loved the views of boulders and caves.

Fun afternoon climb. Took 3 of us almost 3 hours to do with multiple rest stops and a break at the top. Be sure to walk all the way around the top to get views from all angles!

Very short and next to nothing to look at. Would probably be a nice walking trail with a friend to chat with or music to listen to but definitely not the "hike" I was looking for.

hiking
4 months ago

Combined Fatmans loop with Elden Lookout. Took a slightly out of shape flatlander 6 hours to do it all. A lot of elevation gain on the trail up to the lookout tower makes it a workout. Trail is maintained and well established. The trail isn't particularly technical, it's just the elevation gain that makes it "hard."

Feels a lot longer than 5.2 mile out and back.

hiking
5 months ago

great hike to get into shape

My husband and I did this hike yesterday, and we both enjoyed it. Nice brief inclines that get the blood flowing, and gorgeous views of the forest. A nice little challenge for this 33 weeks pregnant lady :-)

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty

hiking
5 months ago

Oldham Trail is not a loop trail it’s an out and back trail
Hiked the Oldham trail with my wife and our Daughters dog, Wilber. The trail was a relaxing moderate hike, we both enjoyed it. The weather was perfect for a hike. The trail is made of loose dusty dirt in parts, very little roots, many rocks and rock outcroppings.
Note: we started the hike where this app/map indicated where the trailhead was located. This was not the case, with that said we ended the hike in the Buffalo Park parking area.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked the trail with my Daughter and her dog, Wilbur. We started the trail at the Fatmans loop trailhead. My wife continued Fatmans loop while my daughter and I continued with Eldons lookout.
The trail systems where very crowded mostly hiking the Fatmans loop trail. The Eldons trail is made up of loose dirt over hard packed dirt and rock, rock outcropping and just plain rock. The path was up the entire way, elevation climb is 2290 feet. My daughters dog had no issues up or down the trail. I, on the other hand, was doing the trail slow but enjoyed myself. The views where great at the top as long as your back is turned away from the antennas. Great trail.

Easy peasy. Nice scenery. Leisurely stroll. Even saw folks with strollers. Many deer. A couple of geocaches.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a steep trial, & is defined tiring
But I️ had a great time

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Wish the view at the top didn’t have big satellites and buildings.. but still great!

Good trail for elevation training!

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