Elden Lookout Trail

HARD 216 reviews
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Elden Lookout Trail is a 4.7 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2391 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.

hiking
1 day 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.

hiking
21 days ago

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.

22 days ago

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

29 days ago

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.

2 months ago

was a lot of fun in the snow. :)

hiking
2 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!

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!

hiking
3 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."

3 months ago

Feels a lot longer than 5.2 mile out and back.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike to get into shape

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Good trail for elevation training!

Nice trail.

6 months ago

Great day hike with beautiful views!

hiking
7 months ago

Unbelievable hike! Definitely the hardest single-day hike I've ever done, but well worth it. Bring plenty of water, as shade is quite minimal.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, didn't quite summit because of the thunder above. We had an amazing view though.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous, heart pumping hike. The first mile doesn't pose much incline, but if you're visiting from out of town like I was, you'll feel yourself struggling to acclimate to the elevation during that first mile. The latter half of the trail is straight up with stunning views. The top is a bit strange with the towers, but still more amazing views to the north. Not much shade, so would recommend an early start for mid-summer hikes. I started around 11am in July and it was pretty toasty. Bring plenty of water, you'll find yourself guzzling on frequent breaks as you start stair climbing. I would do this one again in a heart beat!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike to the summit with most of the elevation gain from junction of Fatman's Loop to summit (over 2000 ft in 1.6 miles) Awesome views along the way and especially at the summit and lookout tower. 6 mile round trip including the entirety of Fatman's loop. Exhilarating!

7 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! My hiking app says this trail is a little longer than the trail signs.... almost 3/4 mile longer???? Strange because it's almost always right on:-)

trail running
8 months ago

I loved running this trail. It requires good eye lead to avoid tripping on the many rocks and occasional root. Signage is minimal but the trail is mostly obvious as you are travelling along. Great views at the top and along the way up although appreciated most on the way down as my heart rate was lower and I was able to look around a bit. Totally worth the effort. I would run it again tomorrow!

8 months ago

Great hike...make sure to climb the tower

hiking
8 months ago

When they say it's hard, they mean it's HARD. A friend and i were mentally willing ourselves to make it to the summit

hiking
8 months ago

This was an amazing trail. Easy to follow for the most part. Well maintained path except for places where recent monsoon rains washed out some supporting beams. Be sure to bring enough water and don't forget your camera and hiking poles (like I did). Great views of East Flagstaff the entire way, long switchbacks, plenty of shade once you pass the Fat Man's Loop intersection and hit the larger trees. There are a few false summits, but these reward you with great photo ops and a place to rest on the large boulders. Nearing the top of Elden, you'll be hiking among stands of Aspen trees, which are beautiful in their own right. The view from the top includes the Peaks, the Elden basin, and Rocky Ridge Rd. Not to mention views of downtown, NAU campus, Walnut Canyon, and the Sedona cliffs in the distance. All around great hike! A wonderful way to "feel the burn" and experience the city from a new angle.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a great hike for this 50, er...29 year old :D It is good for awesome views. We had intended to catch Oldham trail back to buffalo park where we had parked a car, but it was closed for logging, so keep that in mind.

8 months ago

Went Memorial Day week. Great hike that was difficult but the view was worth it at the top

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

A challenging uphill trek with gorgeous views. We did this in a thunderstorm, which was quite the challenge!

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