Island Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews

Island Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

historic site

no dogs

It has been more than 700 years since Walnut Canyon echoed with the words and sounds of a vital pueblo community. You'll see 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail; more are visible across the canyon. Spectacular canyon scenery and plantlife. Strenuous, especially for those not acclimated to 7,000' elevation. The trail descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon, and returns the same way. The trail is paved, but not accessible to wheelchairs, due to steep canyon terrain and many stairs.

hiking
11 days ago

An easy hike! It was a great follow up to Montezuma’s castle as now we got to see inside the dwellings. Lots of stairs, but short and easy!

Walnut Canyon is a great little stop if you are in the area. Canyon and cliff dwellings were neat to see! This hike is more towards easy if you are in shape. recommend for all levels to do though.

hiking
2 months ago

I took my 3.5yo and my 11mo (in a pack) and this was a great hike. It’s more of a walk. Most (if not all) is paved and it has rails on a majority of the cliff edges. Some parts of the trail are a little narrow (just FYI). There are stairs, but it’s not too bad. Great views of the canyon and it was awesome to able to explore the ruins. Would definitely go on this hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

A great trail me my husband and daughter enjoyed it very much. Be ready to climb stairs.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is nicely constructed with stones stairs, very easy to walk on. Though certain segments require more effort to walk up/down, there are many benches available to sit and rest. There are trees along the trail, so it's cool. The best part is the view of Walnut Monument! You'll love this trail.

5 months ago

Great for tourists! Beautiful views.

hiking
6 months ago

Short nature walk on paved loop. Steep stairs coming back up to visitor center. Small-kid friendly trail. Sit inside ruins and cliff dwellings! My older kids enjoyed the educational and cultural aspect. Pay National Park fees $$$ at the gate or use annual pass. Should have taken a picnic and stayed a while.

walking
6 months ago

Simple hike in the historic site. Interesting ruins. Was a fee for entry. Steep stairs to the "island". but doable by most, even if they have to take their time.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this short little hike a few years back when our daughter was at NAU. It's an easy hike, but does have some stairs that need to be climbed when heading back up. Pretty cool cliff dwellings and doesn't take long to do.

7 months ago

great place to check out Some ruins

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing! Great views of cliff dwellings and lots of cool desert fauna. You learn a lot about the Sinagua and their way of life. There are lots of stairs to climb but plenty of spots to pause and take breaks. Definitely worth the time.

8 months ago

Great hike! Lots of steps but we just took it slow and in chunks on the way back up. We are not in the best shape and it was a very enjoyable hike! The ruins were pretty amazing, great views, and lots of pretty birds.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a fantastic trip! The scenery was beautiful and there are plenty of spots to rest on the way back up the stairs if you have/are older people. The ruins are amazing and you can see other ruins along the canyon. Very recommended.

hiking
9 months ago

Simply fascinating! See how many other dwellings you can find on the other canyon walls.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail begins inside the Visitor's Center and there are lots of steps to take you down into the canyon where the trail takes you through the cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people. What makes this trail a bit tough is the ascent back up to the Visitor's Center.

hiking
11 months ago

We did this hike in the summer when I was 7 or 8 months pregnant to escape the heat of Phoenix . Besides there being a lot of stairs the hike was rather easy and enjoyable. Loved the ruins and the park rangers were so knowledgeable!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cool cultural and historical experience but not an exercise hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The archeological site and nature trail signes were a big hit for my 8-year old son. The stairs down and back up are managable, but require functional legs for sure. The trail around the "island" about 1/3 to 1/2 -way down the canyon walls is paved and quite easy.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Excellent views into the past. Very well maintained trail.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pace yourself on the stairs coming back. Beautiful walk, and cool breezes.

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