Sandys Canyon Trail

EASY 134 reviews
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Sandys Canyon Trail is a 3 mile moderately 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.

3.0 miles
305 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips





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.

8 days ago

Love this trail. Nice easy hike into Walnut Canyon. My dog's favorite trail to hang with other dog friends.

9 days ago

5 starts might seem a bit overboard, but this trail absolutely rocked. Such beautiful scenery with massive Ponderosa pines and random car-sized boulders, and peaceful to boot - blue skies, birds of prey circling the cliffs and the smell of evergreens in the air. We took a brief detour to the Pit rock climbing area first (take the right fork after leaving the campground trailhead), which added some great scenery and elevation, then followed Sandys to the AZ trail before returning, giving us a 3.7 mile RT route.

This just seemed to be pulled from a postcard. Incredible. Easy, yes, But awesome nonetheless.

1 month ago

Fairly easy trail, with beautiful views.

2 months ago

Great views and great way to break away from technology!

3 months ago

Nice trail slight incline/decline near the trailhead. Very relaxing and quiet very little man made noises. Near the end there are some caves to explore. Also watch for snakes came across a few on my last hike

6 months ago

Very easy trail, was a lot of fun. It’s mostly flat, coming back up from the canyon there’s a slight incline but nothing too bad. The sights aren’t spectacular but it’s February and things are very dry. I’d love to come back during spring or summer, when I bet it’s gorgeous and green. It would probably be worthwhile to hike Sandys Canyon all the way to Walnut Canyon but we started late in the day.

7 months ago

We decided to do this trail as our first hike for our year of 52 hikes. The trail was well used and very easy to follow. We brought our dog and had no issues with moving off trail for people to pass, as most of the trail had a wide area around it even on the slope. Check out our in depth review at for more. Happy New Year!

8 months ago

Took Sandys Canyon to Fisher Point. Beautiful view at the top, highly recommend

8 months ago

My wife and I hiked the Sandy’s Canyon Trail today with our daughter’s dog, Wilbur. Though this trail is rated as easy it should be rated as moderate because of the decline/incline of the path with rocks and rock outcroppings. Other than that the trail was easy. Nice views of the Canyon walls. The trail was made up of loose dirt, crushed lava rock mixed with dirt, rocks and rock outcroppings. The trail was mainly used by dogs and their owners. We only seen one person with no dog the rest of the people had dogs including us as well. There are other intersecting trails so one could make this hike longer.

8 months ago

nice hike, very relaxing.

9 months ago

Real nice dog trail.

9 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. Lots of views and blue jays. Great hike with a dog too!!

9 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Be warned however, there were so many off-leash dogs (not close to their owners at all) that made this hike more stressful than enjoyable despite the leash laws.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I took the Sandy's Canyon trailhead to Marshalls Lake which is about 4.7 miles and it took a while before I realized that I was going to turn around. It's a decent hike through the trees but no water along the way.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Wasn't really a good loop

Saturday, June 17, 2017

nice views, easy fun hike ☺

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Think we lost the trail along the way but was amazing. the rocks looked so crazy.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

fun hike. next time will bring gear for climbing pit on south end of trail

Friday, June 09, 2017

We had a first time hiker with us, it was a great beginners trail! There's a bit of a decline in the beginning but once in the canyon, it's flat and easy to navigate. Not challenging but still worthwhile for more experienced hikers. Really beautiful at sunset!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great trail!!! Great views

Thursday, June 01, 2017

beautiful scenery, with several other trails to extend the hike.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great hike with lots of options! Mostly flat once you're in the canyon and not crowded even on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

it's absolutely beautiful. you hike into and back out of the canyon with the trail eventually joining another path that seems to go on for a while. An all day adventure is definitely possible.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great time hiking this trail with the family.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great scenery and good escape from the heat of the valley. As I read here... bring bug spray!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

fun day great views and fun caves

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Very fun and easy trail if you're trying to get a quick hike in. Awesome views at the bottom of the canyon and doggy friendly.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rocky trail but beautiful scenery. Take/use bug spray!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

This is a great little trail with beautiful views and meadows. There is a small elevation drop in the beginning thus is uphill on the way out but not bad. The trail is as long as you want to make it as there are other trails that intersect. Such a nice walk/hike, before we knew it we were 3 miles in making it a 6 mile round trip. Definitely will take this trail again!! Pics posted.

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