Old Caves Crater Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews
#25 of 136 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Dirt, well marked

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14 days ago

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18 days ago

Beautiful hike! We had our 3 kids; 20, 2.5, and 5 months. They all did great. The 2.5 yr. old made it the whole way. It was a soft trail, so he did have a few spills, but it didn't slow him down. Just the right amount of sunshine and shade. Will do again!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

it was a nice little hike. not too long. the bottom half is like walking through sand, which was a little extra resistance I wasn't expecting. be careful by the top, I slid a couple of times because the ground was covered in lava rocks like loose gravel. make sure you go to the summit and take the fork right to explore the caves!

hiking
1 month ago

Good, short hike not far from Flagstaff. You begin by walking through a Ponderosa Pine forest. The summit is not difficult to climb and includes nice views of town and the surrounding peaks. There are lava caves at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short trail with 180 degree views! Beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest.

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4 months ago

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!

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6 months ago

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.

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