Julie is correct. The Pumpkin Trail is in good shape, but the Bulls Basin Trail hasn't been maintained for quite a while by the looks of it. I spoke with the gentleman at the fire lookout and it's not going to be maintained for the foreseeable future.

As it is located in a Wilderness Area the Forest Service cannot use chainsaws. So the many (75 ish) trees that you have to go over or under or between are going to be there for a long time.

Very nice views and trail was easy to follow; even in the rain.

trail running
9 days ago

I've lived in Flagstaff nearly my entire life and hadn't ever hiked KP. Due to recent forest closure, it was one of the only options. Loved the trail. It is well maintained and easy to follow. Great view at the top. Did it early in the morning and was never hit by the sun until the very top. Only a handful of people on the trail which surprised me because it was 4th of July. The trailhead was easy to find if even though it is 30-40 minute drive from town.

Fabulous! Even in the rain!

Great alternative to Humphreys which was closed at this particular time. Well marked trail. Can do this with sturdy tennis shoes. Very cool manned fire lookout station at the top and helo pad. Great view! Started early. Very sunny on way back down. Great hike!

DO NOT TAKE THE BULL BASIN LOOP!!! pumpkin trail was an ass kicker with the elevation. The meadows and the tiny forest regrowth area were really pretty and then it gets super steep towards the top. The bull basin side of this trail that is posted on all trails is CLOSED. It is really unsafe with lots of fallen trees to climb over. We made the mistake of trying to follow the all trails map for this hike. If you do this hike you need to go up and down pumpkin trail and do not do the loop with bull the basin side.

Tons of hikers as good alternative to Mt Humphreys that was closed due to fire restrictions. Views from top are great in all directions. Fire tower was manned and he gave great info on whole area. Constant up hill for entire hike.

Loved it. Trail is in great shape. Perfect grade to get the heart pumping. Wonderful 360 degree vista from the summit. Plus the nicest people for our fellow hikers. Glad we made the trip from Phoenix.

There aren’t many trails that I would jump on doing twice. This trail is one I would. It was beautiful from walking through the pines, hiking through different views of the nearby mountains, and roaming along the beautiful wild flowers. I really enjoyed this hike and was surprised that it wasn’t harder with the elevation that is gained. This one I mapped at 9.5 miles, taking me 4 hours and 20 minutes. I took 150 pictures in that time. I felt the top was nice but the saddle near the cabin was better. It is a bit windy at the top so make sure to have a proper jacket if the weather is cooler. The dirt road (7 miles) to drive to the trail head was well maintained and I had no issue with my low clearance vehicle. You certainly do not need a 4x4 to get to this one.

skiing
1 month ago

This is the worst trail I’ve ever hiked. If you like crowds of ppl every 5 minutes this is the trail for you. If you like solitude definitely go somewhere else!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike.

Steady climb all the way up. Views from the top are beautiful!

Good steady climb mostly moderate grade the whole way up, great views from the summit. Perfect day hike or elevation training for humpreys etc. Well maintained trail.

Beautiful hike. Minimally rocky constant uphill to the top. You pass through burned forest areas. Fire lookout on top not manned today. Views on north side simply stunning — all the way to the Grand Canyon.

Beautiful hike up, just in time for the sunset. Don't plan on coming down in the dark unless you have a good trail dog or a headlamp, as some of the switchbacks are also runoff channels, and you could easily wander wrong. 2 hrs up in the daylight, 2 down in the dark. as of 4/21/18, no snow to speak of on or around the trail. great views of the SF Peaks and the NSF has done a terrific job rebuilding the trail after the big fire.

trail running
3 months ago

Got stuck in a snow storm and missed cairns on the way down ! The trail is very hard to follow due to fallen trees and burnt areas. Cannot comment on the views since weather was pretty bad ( understatement).

Fun trail. Very lightly trafficked on a Sunday morning.

beautiful hike

The long dirt road leading to the trailhead is an adventure on its own. Once you arrive the trail there is a pit toilet and map to get your bearing. There is a creek crossing which was dry in December. Lovely views throughout and the almost 360 views from the lookout are terrific. 3 hours up and 2 hours down. Definitely a nice trail. A few spots of larger loose rocks which I call ankle twisters and then some loose gravel so take some care there.

Cool hike with interesting and beautiful views. Gradual but consistent incline the entire way with many switchbacks. The trail is very well maintained. I loved the smell of the mountain air, very refreshing. There were many areas where the trees and plants are burned from the recent Boundary fire as well as past fires, but new plants and wildflowers have grown and bloomed since then, so it is recovering. The upper 1/3 of the trail appears to have been minimally affected by the fires. Was interesting to see the 100 year old cabin near the top. Views from the summit are amazing - can see the Grand Canyon, many other mountains and hills. Hundreds of birds over the course of the trail. There was nobody in the lookout tower on a Sunday afternoon so we couldn't enter. Only saw 7 other people over the entire hike. It was 4.42 miles from the trailhead to the summit, 8.85 miles round trip, according to my GPS.

I hiked this in April of 2015. It's steep the whole way with a few good views before reaching the top. Much of the trees on surrounding hills were burned from the Schultz fire several years ago (I think 2010). I was not dressed for a hot day, so was fairly miserable in long pants. Other than that, it was a good hike. It doesn't beat the views from Humphreys but it's still quite euphoric to reach the summit and stand on the old helicopter pad, looking out on the green hills and valleys below. Bring plenty of water! And be prepared to sweat.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Very nice mountain hike, excellent undeveloped sites for camping near top

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Absolutely incredible hike! I highly recommend this hike for anyone who wants a tough day of hiking, an amazing view, and a great trail. The watch tower at the top is an added bonus!

Great hike beautiful views

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Amazing views! The hike was not too difficult and was quite nice the whole way up. Warning! There were a lot of trees in the path from falling over but it only makes it more of an adventure! :)

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hiking sticks highly recommended. The incline starts at the trailhead and doesn't stop. A lot of switchbacks, probably would not recommended for those not in hiking shape (we thought we were on hiking shape - thanks goodness for our hiking sticks). We only saw about 5 other people on the trail and there was some tree maneuvering/climbing the higher we got. We didn't make it to the top due to no yak tracks and some leftover snow in the way but we will absolutely be back to finish.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I'm sorry Hoang, I misspelled your name.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

just did the trail today, and it was GORGEOUS!!! Thanks to Huong, I was able to calculate the time accordingly, thank you.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

The trail is much longer than 7 miles, i think it's about 11 miles round trip. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. It's not rocky or steep like the elden lookout trail. It is windy up top. The view is beautiful, you can see all the area around when you get to the cabin. And you may have to drive through the dirt road to get to the trailhead. This is my first unexpected long trail, but i still manage to finish it in less than 6 hours. Cheers!

Great hike our devices said it was about 10-11 miles round trip . Counted only 24 people on trail and only 12 that went all the way up to lookout.

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