Lava Flow Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Lava Flow Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
65 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Sunset crater

hiking
23 days ago

Was worth the drive from flagstaff, was very interesting to see the hardened lava, a lot more people on this trail than the other ones around it.

hiking
25 days ago

We hiked the 1 mile lava hike that was rated moderate as well as the flat and easy lava flow trail. The uphill on the lava hike was not too bad. .5 mile pretty steep grade, but the view at the top is worth it due to the supernatural look and feel of the area on top. The trail won’t seem strenuous for anyone who does a fair amount of hiking. The easy trail was awesomely fun too - a garden of lava everywhere you look.

1 month ago

Way cool once in a lifetime type of trail where you’re in the thick of a some 900 years+ of lava flow and the impact it’s left behind to nature. It’s absolutely captivating albeit a very short trail. Feel like another world in there frozen lava flow.

2 months ago

I’d say it’s more of an easy hike and trail to follow. Definitely cool to see the difference in colors from the lava and vegetation growing on one side compared to the other. Only took us maybe an hour and we were taking our time, talking to others, and taking pictures. Some people, but not near as busy as Walnut Canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very easy walking path through a lava flow field. The historical account of volcanic eruption and the residual scenery are quite dramatic. There are beautiful views of Mt Humphrey in the distance. The volcanic history is much more interesting than the hiking opportunity, which is minimal. It is still well worth a visit, but more as an educational experience than as a hiking experience.

5 months ago

Really great scenery...black lava rocks everywhere.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a pretty cool short trail! You get to crunch through lava flows and see young trees taking root. Very cool scenery, some inclines but short.

8 months ago

Fairly easy trail, there is a pretty food climb at the beginning but doable for my 5 year old. The terrain is unique and lots of contrast between the green trees and black lava. The formations are pretty cool! The day we went was pretty windy, but was protected on the way back down the hill.

11 months ago

great trail. awesome view.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Very nice hike with lots of beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed this trail. It took us about 45 minutes total. The views of the volcano and mountain are incredible.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This trail is great if you are really into geology or are in need of a shorter hike. It was super easy and had some paved parts for greater accessibility.

walking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Although all we did when we visited was go on the short and easy Lava Trail, there are other challenges very close by for hikers. Lenox Crater is a short walk from the parking lot and this is a crater you are allowed to climb, steep and about 1 mile to get up and down. Short distance back to the visitor center and next to the campground is the O'Leary Peak TH of 7 to 10 miles O/B depending on whether you go to the ranger tower or to the peak. We thought Lava Trail and other close by turnouts where very interesting.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

This natl. monument is, in general, a place for casual tourists and families (not avid hikers and explorers). Maybe a good one-time visit. There are no decent hikes and it's the type of monument where literally everything is off limits except for the designated walk areas.

Pretty boring, to be honest. It's a drive-through experience.

Lava flow trail was the most interesting, as you actually get to immerse yourself a bit more in the actual feature of the place: volcanoes and crap.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Short and easy.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Very easy, nicely marked. Gorgeous scenery.

walking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

Beautiful terrain, but with how short it is you can't ask for a lot.

hiking
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Never seen terrain quite like this. There's a 9-mile fissure of deeply disturbed rock from the volcanic eruption, and you get to walk right through it.

hiking
Saturday, January 23, 2016

It's family friendly and a very easy walk. They have signs along the trail with interesting facts about the site. It's a neat area.

hiking
Friday, October 09, 2015

Geologically excellent and short enough for a whole group although, watch out for sharp obsidian rocks.

walking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

It's unfortunate there isn't a trail to the summit of Sunset Crater, but when you see the "scars" on the mountain from former paths to the top, you'll see why they discontinued allowing people to hike the mountain in the 1930's. The remaining trail is a short and mostly paved route that loops through a 900-year-old lava flow.

hiking
Friday, November 16, 2012

Super easy trail that starts out paved then goes to an easy trail through the lava. WOW! The lava is really cool. The visitor's center also has a lot of really good information.

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