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

A short hike with great views. I also went up the NW side the views from up there amazing. Little trail on rim looped around and back.


Like any hike in AZ, bring water

One of my favorite hiking trails it’s a nice hike into the forest

9 months ago

Great hike - easy with a few rocks but lots of trees and very quiet!

Great hike!! Rocky, but fairly easy to navigate.

great trail!

very nice trail with an excellent view of Mormon lake and surrounding area.

This is a fantastic hike!! Instead of starting on the service road, we started at Lake Meadow Drive and worked our way up. Starting here also avoids trespassing onto private property. Definitely recommend it :)

This would be a good trail except it gets confusing around Odell lake. We tried to cut across to the roads by Odell lake because the trail appeared to be taking us back up the mountain and as others report the homeowners have done their best to block off access. The portion along Pinewood Blvd. is long - over a mile and on "city" streets. Best to drive to the trailhead and go in and out the same way unless you can find the loop bit.

Loved the view! Very pretty trail.

Monday, June 05, 2017

This trail was really easy and is good for an early morning hike. I didn't end up doing the loop because I didn't feel like walking through the neighborhoods of Munds park for 1.5 miles. If you are going to do this do it in the early morning because it gets hot and there isn't a whole lot of tree cover.

Some of the most stunning views of the entire San Francisco Peaks I've ever seen. Gorgeous mountain meadow. Easy hike for kids and those not used to hiking.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

not a true loop, had to walk back to the trail head in the neighborhood.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The first three miles is beautiful. Once you get to the lake, the trail is misleading due to the homes around the lake with fencing, which cuts off route. This is definitely the case if the lake's water level is high. Even with a cut through on the golf course, I ended up doing 6.3 miles vs the 5 mile hike.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

works great

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Little elevation change makes this an easy hike/nature walk. Look for cairns along the way! 1.4ish miles to a picnic table that includes weather-proof boxes containing years and years of log books! Take a moment to read some of the entertaining entries while taking in the view. This is a good turn-around point if you don't plan to finish the entire loop.

on Crystal Point Loop Trail

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nice hike. While viewing the Loop back to the trail head, I found that when you reach Lake Odell, the trail actuall crosses private property. So...the loop really isn't doable. Re turn the same way we came which was great because it was extra miles for our fitbits.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

My go to hike. Have cabin in MP so do almost every day I'm there as we can walk to trailhead. Sometimes out and back on crystal point trail or do the loop which encompasses O'Dell trail; alternate direction of loop to change up experience and views.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Great, easy trail for kids. Cute little bench at the end with pretty view

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Took my 2 dogs hiking with me for this trail, description says it features a lake...this is false. From the view point you can only barely see Lake Mormon in the distance. The trail was beautiful though. Very wooded; lots of wild flowers, saw a female elk & a few chipmunks & squirrels.

Great area for camping as well as hiking/trail running. Beautiful scenery and really peaceful!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I hiked from Marshall Lake to Fisher Point View (this is about a 6.5 mile section of the AZT). I could hardly notice that I was hiking down into a canyon due to the long and winding subtle descent. But since its over 13 miles round trip I did feel pretty tired when I finished. The first 5 miles or so are unvaried scenery through ponderosa forest. There are maybe 2 or 3 steep but very brief drops. Once in the canyon (almost 5 miles in), it's a beautiful walk through open meadows and eventually past Walnut Canyon National Monument. At the monument it's another .5 mile up to Fisher Point where you get a nice view of the canyon and meadows you just walked below.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

This was a nice easy hike with a gradual uphill elevation gain. Lots of downed trees that we had to skirt around, but that was no problem. We saw lots of wildflowers and buttlerflies. A great way to spend a few hours outside.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My mother camped at Little Spring from 1985 until her death in 2013. Twice a year she hauled her camping gear and food for a week up to her favorite spot that was a small clearing right next to Little Spring. Until 2001 cars were able to drive right into the field across from Little Spring. She always took my two children with her when camped. My youngest was barely 2 years old when she joined grandma and her 5 year old brother on the first camping trip. A ruby throat hummingbird mistook her red bandana as a flower. After repeated assaults, the little hummer landed on her head. That toddler didn't move a bit for more than 30 minutes. In 1986, I joined the campers. The 1st night I froze even though it was the end of May. The 2nd night I heard wolves howling too close to the tent. The 3rd day, we hiked from Little Spring to Bismarck Lake which is actually a manmade sink for the wildlife to drink from. The thick fern was as tall as my toddler. Everywhere sunlight peaked through the dense Aspen vivid displays of color from the more than 150 species of wild flowers indigenous to the area. My mother catelogued, photographed & researched each variety found around Little Spring. Many of the Aspen bore carvings from previous visitors. Most carvings were initials or names with dates. The oldest we found was 1927. About half way we stopped for a snack. About 6 feet south of the trail we found a very large granite boulder that had a flat top. Centuries of rainwater had worn a sizable hole that was 1' diameter x 6" deep. Sunlight glistened on the water's surface. About 1 hour later we lunched on the bank of Bismark Lake. In the afternoon we surrendered our seats to the wildlife that had begun their northern migration. The return hike was darker as the sun began to set so we hurried back to camp. My son reached for my hand when we heard a twig break. Softly, he whispered "Momma, are there creditors in the woods?" My mother and I started to giggle. We were almost at the clearing, when we heard something in the Ponderosa Pine tree above our heads. I saw the mountain lion first. Silently, I picked up my daughter as my mother picked up my son. Our eyes remained on that big cat The end of its tail flicked back & forth as we slowly moved away from the forest edge into the clearing. We swiftly made our way to my mother's car. Safely locked inside, I refused to come out to eat and there was no way me and my children were sleeping in a tent. My mother actually cooked spaghetti that evening. She brought dinner to us in the car, assuring us we had nothing to fear. She gave up trying to coax us from the car. I kept the key in the ignition the entire night. As I fell asleep I thought it was awfully dark in the woods. The crisp morning sun chirped and buzzed as we smelled breakfast. Coffee brewing, pancakes in the skillet, the campfire was inviting . My Mom informed me it was my turn to pick wild strawberries growing in the field across from our camp. She handed me a bucket that I complained about being too large for the sweet bite size strawberries. I decided the best way to pick these tiny treats was to crawl on my hands and knees. About an hour later I almost didn't hear my mom softly call my name. I was about 3 feet from the dirt road that surrounds the field. The wild flowers were about a foot high so I had to get close to the ground to pick the tiny strawberries. My mother again spoke softly as she firmly instructed me to slowly back out, to remain crouched beneath the flowers, and to be silent. This was about the time I could smell something. I was almost to the road when I heard, "run " As I dove into the car I saw the black bear chasing me. She reared up behind the car & let out a roar that made me scream as ling. The bear clicked her claws in the air as I stuffed my kids under bedding. When the bear's attention shifted to the tent, I reached over &started the car. I shoved my Mom into her door as I shifted into reverse & gunned it. I couldn't steer so Mom pushed me to my side.l but she hesitated as though she could save her shredded tent. I hadn't stopped screaming & attempted to drive again, causing me to earn the name, "sissy girl." I was banned from camping. They continued. I finally returned to Little Spring on 19/31/2003 to spread Momma's ashes around Little Spring that was her heaven in earth.

Beautiful! I would not go again in the Summer butter recommend others to go in the fall or winter. It is more than a moderate hike, expect more uphill than you think .

Monday, August 09, 2010

This has always been one of my favorite places on the mountain. It is beautiful this year with wildflowers and ferns. There isn't much parking avaliable at this trailhead. This is not a maintained trail, and there are alot of downed trees that you must detour around. People not familiar with the trail may have a hard time following it. We saw deer, elk, and a coyote. There is often bear sign in this area, and I have seen 2 black bears near here. There isn't much water in the "lake", which is actually a pond. The views of the north side of the Peaks are awesome. A better choice for most people may be the Bismark Lake Trail, there is ample parking at that trailhead, and is is a maintained trail.

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