Elden Lookout Trail

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Elden Lookout Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2411 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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6 days ago

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14 days ago

Beautiful hike with wonderful views of Mt. Humphrey at the top! The hike starts around 7000' and the summit is at 9300'--bring water and be prepared for elevation. The sparse alpine forest and massive boulders leftover from magma flows make for unique scenery!

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19 days ago

Out of all the hikes and I've done this year which is now 26 hikes, this was the hardest one of all. It wasn't just that it was steep but it was the altitude that made it so difficult. Be prepared. At least you have the reward of going down once you get up to the top.

22 days ago

Great scenery. Challenging and rewarding hike.

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26 days ago

True to form, hard, but I am a little out of shape and live at zero elevation. A combo of large elevation gain and large rocks on the trail made for many rests going up. Also, the forest service map at the TH does not show the second right leading to Fat Man's Loop, so I ended up adding the loop to my ascent. Bonus was the awesome Forest Service fire spotter on the tower - great to talk to! And - what a view!

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29 days ago

It was breathtaking.

1 month ago

Easy trail to a nice view.

Some elevation gain will be difficult for people.

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1 month ago

We started too late in the day but it was a beautiful hike! Both boys (9 & 12) did great!

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1 month ago

Harder than I expected ... but a great workout! A little weird that there is not only a lookout, but a bunch of cell towers up top too. The views are great though ... especially of the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater.

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1 month ago

Windy. Great mod +/- home. Brought my two 10y/o and they had no problems.

1 month ago