Oldham Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Oldham Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily 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 best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Flagstaff: The Buffalo Park parking lot is located on Cedar Street in north central Flagstaff. Another access point is on FR 557, the Mt. Elden Road, off US 180 north.

hiking
15 days ago

This was my first time hiking Elden from this side of the mountain and starting in the park. As soon as I got out of the park and on to the trail i got lost.
As soon as you get to the top of a slope there's a yellow sign for the gas pipeline, that's what I took, the trail is actually top the left and there is a trail marker I didn't see.
once on the trail you're golden but it's easy to get lost as there are a lot of trails or personally made paths that intersect Oldham. I did lower, which round trip is 6 mi, I ended up doing 8 mi+ with the round abouts and I did start upper Oldham but turned back as that would have endured up being almost 11 mi round trip that I want prepared for.
This hike definitely is moderate, with some good ups and downs that'll get your heart beating. I can't wait to explore more.

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trail running
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Super great trail system! I am able to run out here with my dog off of the leash because there is hardly anyone else on the trail. There are a lot of different trails that are all connected and it's easy to get lost and on the wrong trail. I've been running on this system for 5 years and still manage every single time to make a wrong turn and have to backtrack to find my trail.

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

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hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

I hiked the Lower Oldham Trail last fall which I reached via Buffalo Park. The trail descends steeply and intersects the Pipeline Trail at the bottom of the ravine. Continuing on the trail after this point gets confusing. There are several side trails and bike paths that also intersect here (along with the Pipeline Trail), and there are no signs to mark where the Lower Oldham Trail continues onwards. The only I figured it out was when some mountain bikers pointed the way. After that, the trail is very pretty with large boulders and aspens, making it quite beautiful in the fall when the colors are changing.

hiking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Very nice trail through the woods.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Not well marked we ended getting off trail on to the Arizona trail. Great forest setting.

Monday, June 15, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Also known as Easy Oldham, this trail is a great day hiking option in north Flagstaff. Head to Buffalo Park off Cedar Ave, find a spot to park and start hiking. You'll walk north through Buffalo Park to a log book at the trailhead. About 100 meters from the trailhead, stay left and follow a gradual descent through Ponderosa Pines. From this point on, follow the signs to the end of Oldham at Elden Lookout Road. You'll gain about 500-feet of elevation on the way out.

This was one of the first Flagstaff trails I hiked on a regular basis, doing the out & back 19 times from 2006-09. It's doable in two hours or less at a brisk pace. Elden Lookout Road offers the option of continuing along a number of other area trails. One of my favorites is hiking Upper Oldham to Sunset Trail on Mt Elden.