Little Elden Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.6 miElevation gain1,686 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingRunningForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

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.

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Scott Parks
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Hiking

Some great views and definitely wildflowers along the way

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Laura Montenegro
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Horseback riding

From Little Elden Springs horse camp to Schultz Tank and back to camp. Includes very steep drop off (10 min.) on part of the trail.

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Brie Aragaki
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HikingOver grown

The first half of the trail was well marked and lush. The second half the trail was more desert-y and very difficult to follow, so I recommend having your all trails map going.

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Madi Kraus
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Running

I only went 5 miles out then back. Great trail for an easy run. Not busy at all. Elevation gain was subtle.

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Toni Lucas
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Trail is closed due to drought.

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Mike May
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Hiking

Started the hike at the marked little Elden trail head and hiked to Schultz Tank. Hiked up to the parking area and back down to the Little Elden trail head. Along the way there and back seen many wild flowers, small animals, Elk, one snake that crossed my path and lizards. I enjoyed the views. This was a very good hike.

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Anne Swanson
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Hiking

Trailhead is 2 miles from 89A on FR 556 (Little Elden Springs Rd). Located on N (R) side of road. Lots of great rocks and greenery. Need to watch out for horses and mountain bikers. Easy and fun. Family with kids and dogs on leash.

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Kirsten Chesney
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Hiking

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.

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Sara Joslyn
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This trail is pretty cool some interesting rock formations which are not on a lot of trails in flagstaff.

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Chase Rowley
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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!

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Tim Stalcup
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Hiking
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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.

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Leah Thistle
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LAURA LANE-WILLIAMS
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Jan Langley
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Jan Langley
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Jan Langley
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Amy Crump Sabin
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Mountain biking
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satya karri
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Hiking
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Anna Barab
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Sasha Barab
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Kyla Knapp
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Ashley Brown
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Alexa Schuettenberg
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Creassia Strickland
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Tommy McKenna
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Oscar N Barbara Zamudio
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Anna Davis
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Ricardo Sanchez
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Hiking
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Cody McGuire
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Courtney Stull
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