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Kendrick Peak Trail is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,693 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: As of May 2020, the lookout tower and cabin are closed due to COVID-19 measures until further notice. (However you can still access the platform to get the same incredible views at the top!) This is a well-marked trail trail with beautiful views and scenery. The trail is pretty much all pines - but the flora changes a bit once you get near the cabin. Switch backs all the way up, no scrambling or anything of the sort.

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bugs
3 days ago

Great trail to train for harder mountains such as Humphrey’s. There are a lot of bugs on the top so beware. Take 180 route from Flagstaff for an easy access. Do not rely on Google maps as it can lead you to terrible washout road through the woods!

hiking
3 days ago

Fantastic hike! If you’ve already hiked Humphreys and are looking for another good challenge this is it. Steady incline and incredible views. The trail is smooth almost the entire way and very well marked. Good spots with shade at the beginning but wear sunscreen. There’s a lot of stretches with no tree covering. I loved seeing the trees and foliage change. Gorgeous hike!

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bugs
11 days ago

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12 days ago

Great trail! I recommend doing it in the early morning- it starts to heat up after 1pm. The trail Is well maintained and there’s lots of different plants to look at. I would defiantly rate this trail as “moderately difficult” not as hard. It is a constant uphill with not a lot of flat areas to give yourself a break- so I guess I can see how it could be rated hard, but there’s lots of places to stop and rest along the way. It is WAY easier than Humphrys and way less crowded. Recommend! I’ll be going back to train for the canyon when it cools down a bit. I did it on 6/26/20

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17 days ago

Beautifully maintained trail. Gorgeous views. Lots of mountain meadow flowers along the way. It is much easier than Humphreys. I was very surprised that not many people were on this trail. I did it 6/20/20. Lots of shady spots to stop for a snack, water break or photo op.

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17 days ago

We started our hike at Kendrick Trail yesterday at 8:40 AM. There was a good amount of shade on the single track trail. The switchbacks all the way to the peak eased the elevation gain and made it more comfortable for my first hike in AZ above 10,000 ft. Cool breezes and panoramic views at the peak.

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17 days ago

Hiked 6/20/20. Started at 0700 hours and the parking area already had about 15 cars; so, this is a very popular hike. Let me start off by saying, if your looking for a peak over 10,000 ft to takle for your first time, this is it. The trail system design is excellent. The elevation gain is dissipated over the entire length of the accent, making it an enjoyable experience the intire way. Majority of the trail is packed dirt and is a trail runners dream! Although hi temp was set to be 85, it was 52° at start and even a little brezzy and crisp over 10,000; made for an excellent days work. Brought 3litters of water, but only used 1.5. Easy to get to & didn't have to use a map for this as it was a single trail, well maintained, all the way up. Got to the peak, the Fire Lookout Tower was closed, but still, the pad offered sprawling 360° views towards the Grand Canyon and Humphreys. I highly recommend this hike to those training for bigger peaks later in the summer...

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23 days ago

Great trail.. well maintained and spectacular views. Awesome hiking experience with my grandson...

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bugs
25 days ago

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1 month ago

Really nice trail. Very well maintained. I would call this a moderate trail. But the elevation and\or distance could make it hard for some. It was a cool and windy day yesterday with a cloudless blue sky. The wind made it cold on top. I think they were just opening the fire tower when we were there. The tower attendant let us walk around on the tower. Really cool. I say, don't pass it up.

hiking
1 month ago

9.5 miles of UP but not that steep. Good trail. Good view.

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bugs
1 month ago

This trail has great views and is never very steep. The road leading to the trailhead is fine. I made it in my FWD sedan. There are lots of ladybugs at the summit, so I would bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail with steady climb to the top and incredible views. Only rocky the last 1/3 of a mile before the lookout. Southern exposure for all of the hike so take plenty of water.

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1 month ago

The trail was great and easy to follow. Had to look for it but we found little patch of snow behind the cabin below the peak. Great views of the San Francisco Peak from the summit.

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1 month ago

Trail was great! Really clear and easy to follow. FYI The lookout tower is closed until further notice

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1 month ago

Loved this hike. More moderate than hard with gradual incline the entire way.

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bugs
1 month ago

Man that was a hike. About 11 miles total. Road from the 180 was fairly easy to drive down. Take your time going up, as the air really starts to get thin. Many shady spots to take a breather. Going down was significantly quicker. Hard hike for sure but beautiful

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1 month ago

Great workout and views at the top. Took our time on the way down to bird and saw some good birds, including a dusky grouse below the summit. Start early because there were a lot of groups coming up the trail around noon.

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1 month ago

Two addition to existing reviews. 1. Access to trailhead from State Route 180 has a bit of wash board and a couple of rocky spots. SUV friendly but it would be doable but tough on a Sedan. 2. Drove up from Phx... the trailhead starting elevation of 7700' will NOT go unnoticed.

hiking
1 month ago

Well-marked trail trail with beautiful views and scenery. The trail is pretty much all pines - but the flora changes a bit once you get up to about 9,500ft or near the cabin. The weather was perfect - uppers 60s/low70s - still hot in the sun and broke a sweat many times! Still snow on the ground in areas. Honestly, this trail is probably more “moderate” than “hard” if it wasn’t for the altitude. Switch backs all the way up, no scrambling or anything of the sort. The watch tower and cabin are closed due to covid but you can still access the platform to get the same incredible views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Would definitely do it again! The trek up is pretty gnarly but doable- Bring lots of water and a jacket. There is still a little snow left on the trail. Beautiful pine trees all over the trail and The views are unmatched! Would highly recommended to all hikers! For pics/videos of this trail visit @harris_hikers on IG!

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2 months ago

Worth the hard hike for the views! Steady uphill. Doable, but definitely a good effort. Lots of views along the way and a great 360 from up top. We found it pretty windy on top even when the forecast was clear, so I’d put a light jacket in your bag. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

wow! it was a perfect day up there. The snow has melted just enough at the top so that you can still see the trail and the views are incredible! it was warm with a cool wind. my only advice is if you are heading from Parks, AZ on I-40, Don't use the directions that Google maps gives to get to the trailhead. come from the other direction like you're coming from Flagstaff. The last five miles on the road I was on were really hard on my little car and I could not make the last mile and a half. So I walked from there which added three miles to my total hiking experience today, but that was okay. learning for next time though!

snow
2 months ago

What an amazing trail!! If you’re an avid hiker and looking for a hard trail that you’re able to keep the same pace, this is your kinda trail! Path is very well maintained. Little bit of snow at the top still but you’re definitely able to get through it! 100/10 recommend!!

definitely a hard trail but the view at the summit is so worth it. there’s still snow on the trail at the higher elevations, no spikes needed though.

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snow
2 months ago

Trailhead is off two USFS roads ... Apple Maps tries to have you park and walk, but there is a parking area at the trailhead. Fire damage extensive but doesn’t impact the trail too much. Some down trees are easily navigates. Trail is an absolute calf burner. Constant incline switch backs for about 80% of the trail. As of late-April, still snow on some of the trail. When you get to the plateau before the climb to the peak, still lots of snow to navigate. Made finding trail a little bit difficult. Good turn around spot at the cabin if you don’t want to traverse to the top. Views from the observation tower at the top are SPECTACULAR. If it’s clear, you can see to the edge of the Grand Canyon, and a wonderful view of Humprhey’s and the San Francisco Peaks. Trail is in good enough shape to run down after traversing wet/snowy parts at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a great workout. great uphill switchbacks the whole way. bring plenty of water and enjoy the views!!

8 months ago

I really love this trail. It was my first favorite because of all the flowers, the little amount of people, and the animals. We did this trail in early October with perfect weather and spotted a few deer along the trail. One thing that's a little disappointing was that cabin closed and filled with tools. I'm not sure if they were working on it or anything but I was able to explore the inside previously. This hike took us about 6 hours.

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8 months ago

Planning to hike this again tomorrow (10/18) It'll be my 9th time up. I think the crew that's refurbishing the Cabin might be up there too. They're fun to talk to. It's a great hike with long sweeping switchbacks and generally, not too steep or rocky. The final 1/3 mile (10-15 min) stretch from the cabin to the lookout is the steepest and rockiest part. the fantastic view makes it all worth it!

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8 months ago

hard hike,climbing consantly,fantastic views. was disappointed that the cabin was locked...

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