Little Elden Trail is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.
Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 5 miles northeast on US 89. Turn west (left) on FR 556 and drive 2 miles to Little Elden trailhead located on the north (right) side of the road. Equestrian can park at the Sunset Trailhead or the trailhead just west of the Little Elden Springs horse camp on FR 556.
I picked up this trail by parking along Elden Springs Road (from the Hwy 89 end). From where I parked, I had to walk along this road for about a mile before getting on the wooded trail. I then headed south toward the basin of Mt. Elden. This half of the trail is stunning as you hug the base of the basin most of the way. Some of the basin has a cut-away portion of red rock spires/cliffs that tower high on your right. This section of the trail "ends" at the intersection of Sandy Seep and Christmas Tree Trails. Heart Trail also picks up here. Highly recommended. good shade, well marked, and the scenery always changes.
This trail is pretty cool some interesting rock formations which are not on a lot of trails in flagstaff.
This is a fairly easy trail and has very low traffic. Mostly used by mountain bikers but I didn't run into too many. I came here right after a good two weeks of monsoons and the entire mountain was lush and green. There is a fair amount of covering throughout the trail and it is very scenic throughout. If you're looking for an easy hike I do recommend this hike!
Nice little trail, we connected it from Sandy Seep Trail. Nice rolling up and downs, easy walking lots of horned toads, lizards, sand and views. Great view of Mountain Elden Mountain range. Best to go when mountain is very green.