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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days 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
12 days ago

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

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22 days 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
23 days 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!

24 days 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:-)

hiking
25 days ago

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25 days ago

trail running
29 days 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!

1 month ago

Great hike...make sure to climb the tower

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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