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Sandys Canyon Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 305 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive southeast out of Flagstaff 6 miles on Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3). Just past the second cattle guard turn north (left) to the trailhead.

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10 days ago

Pretty nice trail! The incline going down into the canyon isn’t too bad, although coming back it might be a little taxing depending on how far you went down in. Only took about 15 minutes to get back up the incline though, then you’re back on flat ground. Beautiful views both up on the rim and down in the canyon. Watch your step, there are some rocks you can trip on, but all in all a great little sub-2 hour hike!

This was a long nice walk through the woods. Not as many scenic spots as I was hoping for.

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rocky
22 days ago

Started the trail too late in the day and wasn’t able to do the whole trail. After 1 mile, it declines a lot then a huge incline on the way back. Wasn’t too bad and my pup should herself too!

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rocky
25 days ago

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26 days ago

Very pretty decent and meadow down below... very easy trail. But not for strollers, wagons, etc. Warning... we encountered a rattler! And heard from others that they were common on this trail.

recorded Sandys Canyon Trail

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rocky
27 days ago

recorded Sandys Canyon Trail

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27 days ago

Pros-easy to follow/peaceful/would be more pleasant on a chilly day. Cons-after initial descent, topography remained the same (trail through tall grassy canyon floor with sporadic trees/minimal shade. I was surprised that the trail sort loses its footing at the juncture of the Marshall Lake turnoff. We continued on with the intent to check out Fisher Point, but diverted towards Walnut Canyon at that juncture. We saw three distinct caves “rock overhangs”, which was the highlight. The day was windy and high of 80–it was warm on the canyon floor. Final thought-I would totally do again on a cool day. However, would plan on going further than what is deemed to be the Sandy Canyon trail. Maybe veer on the AZ trail towards Marshall Lake. If looking for a peaceful walk, this is that!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. We didn't do it exactly as it is on the map...we veered into the canyon and over to the climbing area called "The Pit". As long as you're aware and steer clear of the climbers you're fine, and there were other people just hiking the area. Some cool little limestone overhangs and nice shade in the canyon. Perfect for a quick in-and-out hike.

hiking
1 month ago

My new favorite trail near Flagstaff. Park at the first Sandy Canyon sign (small parking lot) and not the campground (further east). Short rocky descent through the lush trees and into the canyon. From there an easy walk through the meadow and canyon bottom. Beautiful sounds of birds and the wind whistling through. Join up with the Arizona Trail for another mile and veer right at the fork heading east towards Fisher Point and the cave. Stunning rock formation surrounded by pines, grasses and wildflowers. If you want more, continue on east towards Marshall Lake. Only passed three other small groups and one group of horseback riders.

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no shade
1 month ago

We hiked in late May midday. For the first mile of the hike the trail was partly shaded and beautiful. No shade the second mile. It was hot and 1 liter of water per person was not sufficient. The view from the point was great, Worth the trek up the switchbacks. We didn’t see any bikers.

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail was a lovely surprise! It was easy, with a short (0.2 mile?) stretch of rocks and incline. The canyon with wall of crumbled rocks was impressive at sunset. We did not find the cave after 1.0 miles past the end of trail on Arizona trail, perhaps we should have turned right at the fork.

hiking
1 month ago

Short easy trail for a weekday hike.

Did Sandy’s into Fay looping back around. Then went to check out the rock climbing area. Great hike. Lots of other options as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for beginners

1 month ago

very easy with just one hill section. There wasn't a lot to see and ended suddenly. For .5miles or so you walk by parking lots and the road.

1 month ago

I did this hike on May 9th, easy trail. I went to Fisher Point and it was amazing. Alltrails originally led me to park further south but I ended up following the signs for the trailhead and parked there instead which is just a little further north. Not crowded at first but then definitely more traffic in the afternoon.

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1 month ago

Don’t park where the sandy canyon trailhead sign is off of lake Mary rd if you want to truly do the full thing. Follow the directions from AllTrails and that’s the start of the actual hike. Worth it go up fishers point!

recorded Sandys Canyon Trail

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

First time hiking today! Needed to find a place to get out of the Phoenix heat for an afternoon that was still open with the Covid restrictions. Took our two kids and our youngest struggled on the terrain. It was so crowded we got the last parking spot, and had to move out of the way of another group about every 50 feet while hiking.

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rocky
2 months ago

Total surprise. Cool rock formations, not too hard. Wide enough for social distancing with exception of downhill section.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Loved this hike with our corgi pup! Good views of the rock climbing wall and nice descent down into wonderful wilderness views. Quiet with not too much foot traffic.

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2 months ago

not very tough but very beautiful. the rock climbing is awsome!

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2 months ago

Outstanding hike with beautiful cross bedded sandstone cliffs. Also ran into 3 caves. What a day!

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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Very pretty, sun dappled and shady hike into a shallow canyon. Bit of a rocky descent. I would say this is slightly more moderate than easy, but not too bad. Strong smells of juniper and pine. Loved it.

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3 months ago

nice trail, lots of smaller rocks on the path on the down grade. some mud, mostly between the campground and second trail-head. Beautiful rock formations in the canyon

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3 months ago

Awesome

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