Old Caves Crater Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Dirt, well marked
The loop trail is quite easy and relaxing. I did not care for how close to the highway it gets, but the majority is remote so I was able to overlook that. We did the summit as a part of our loop. The summit is much more physically demanding but worth the views of Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks. I wouldn't mind trying just the loop next time!
Great views off the peaks and the valley. Just gorgeous. The northern side up / down depending which way you went at it was slippery today. The dogs had a blast.
A perfect day hike especially with kids and dogs in the Flagstaff Area. The hike is moderate, but don't let that fool ya, the last part up the hill is nice and steep. Great views of Elden and the Peaks from the top. Also at the top there are numerous lava caves. None of them are huge, but perfect for exploring with little ones.
My family and I have hiked this often when we just want to get a small hike in, and stay away from the crowds on all of the Elden Trails.
Watch for snakes, I have seen plenty on this trail.
Usually light to medium traffic. There are also several trails to choose from. There is a loop around the base if you don't wan't to take on the steep climb to the top. Nice workout, simple hike, beautiful views from the top.
This is a really great hike for someone who wants to stay in town and is looking for something easy to moderate. Great views of the peaks and Elden, would definitely do again!