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Walnut Canyon via Sandy Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail, Fisher Point Trail

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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon via Sandy Canyon Trail, Arizona Trail, Fisher Point Trail is a 13.4 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 April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.4 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Cave Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown
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Uli Hauck
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wow what a beautiful hike. So many scenery changes. we hiked approximately 4 miles in an out. just beautiful!!!

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Kim Warren
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Hiking

Started a little after 12pm on a Thursday, very few people out. Initially a shady walk into the canyon then 2 miles of sunny flat trail. Took trail up to Fisher Point Vista, excellent views!

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Logan Gardner
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Joel Lanting
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robert Eicher
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Neil Shapiro
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Nice trail that was well signed and easy to follow. You go down 200 feet in the beginning and then about 2 miles of flat going until the ascent to Fisher Point. Probably about 500 feet up but not too strenuous. View from Fisher Point is fabulous, but it was very windy there. Not a lot of shade in the middle of the day, but more so in the afternoon. A hike well worth doing.

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M C
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Hiking

We started at the Sandy's Canyon trailhead, there was a small dirt road to get to the trailhead, but I wouldn't see any car having trouble getting down it. The trail had good early morning shade, but when we left at midday there was almost no shade. The trail itself was dry, had lush vegetation, and was well maintained for the first four miles, but after that became overgrown with Woods' Rose bushes.

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David DeLauder
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Hiking

About a mile and a half into the canyon itself; the trail gets over grown with several trees fallen over the trail. Had to take my pack off and store it under a tree to finish the last section of the canyon due to climbing over logs or crawling under branches.

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Andrea Welter
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We went 10/8/19 and started hiking at 7am @ 43 degrees temp The directions lead you to a camp ground, but there is a small area just in front of the campground where us hikers can park (about 12 spots). You have to walk through the campground to find the signs and begin the trail. The first 2 ish miles are beautiful! Some woodsy parts and then it opens up to this wide, easy, straight path. After that easy part, there is a sign that reads something to the affect of “beyond this point is a natural ecosystem, so hike quietly and stay on the trail”. So we carried on and the next 3.5 miles was completely over grown. The deeper you went the more wild it became. Almost no path, very tall plants and bushes. Some plants had thorns and stickers. Saw large animal droppings, but thankfully no animals. Lots of fallen trees to hike over. I could deal with all that and getting thorns on me, but something made us turn back.... We got about a total of 5.4 miles in and suddenly were swarming with bees! We both got stung multiple times and ran as fast as we could the other way. Trust me, I didn’t hear buzzing, we weren’t taking so we remained quiet, and I definitely don’t remember hitting a hive. The trail is beautiful and SUPER easy the first 2 miles in, but we should have just turned back when we saw the sign.....however, that would make this trail about 4 miles total, not the 11.4 it says. Just be careful hiking further past the sign.

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A.Walp Squatch_Hiking
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Hiking

Moderate is a stretch. Easy to moderate. One hill. Literally one small hill. Great family hike with some reward at crossbeded sandstone cliffs.

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Gabriella Smith
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I wouldn’t recommend traveling the trail until the end. There was not viewpoint- just an illegal campfire ring. The trail leading to the end was so overgrown that you were just blazing your way through. We came out with scratches all over us. The trail up until Fishers Point and shortly after is nice, but I wouldn’t go any further now knowing what it’s like. The caves were neat and we saw lizards, rabbits, butterflies, lemur look-alike animal with this babies - google says it’s a ring cat or something (LOL), and a presumably an elk carcass.

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James Drebert
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Max Kiefer
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Hiking

Hiked 8/18. Good variety of terrain and nice views. Started in a forest with canyon view below. We proceeded down into a wide section of Walnut Canyon . Opened up into a beautiful meadow with plentiful wildflowers and tall grasses. Lots of locusts, butterflies and some bees. Evergreen trees provided much welcomed shade intermittently. Only for an hour each way but we got rewarded with awesome towering rock formations on both sides. Also saw several shallow caves but saw lots of wasps inside so we didn’t enter. A couple of short, steep rocky segments into and back out of the canyon but well worth the effort. The trail is very sandy so our feet and legs were coated in dirt and sand by the end. Only saw 4 other humans and 6 dogs the whole way. Had a refreshing breeze most of the way. Definitely recommend!

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Paul Strauss
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This was an awesome hike! Many different types of terrain made for an engaging time. Of course nothing can compare to the beauty once you enter the canyon! I'm relatively new to hiking so only hiked in 3 miles to make sure I had enough gas to get back but it was so with it. I'm very excited to come back and finish the whole trail.

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Jessica Martin
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This was a really pretty hike into the canyon but once you pass a certain point you get into a lot of brush, we finally got to the point where we had to turn around because we got so deep into the brush that we couldn’t find the trailer anymore. It was definitely very beautiful, scenic and lush green trail, also fun to see some rock climbers out there! We would definitely do it again! Also lots of mountain bikers! Looks like fun we might do that next time!

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Troy Troy King
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Hiking

Great hike. Easy most of the way. There are a couple of cool caves to check out once you get into Walnut Canyon. One of which is very large and goes back a ways, bring a small flash light to check it out. Couple of things others have pointed out already: Directions bring you to Canyon Vista Camp Grounds, there is limited parking here in front of the CG but there's more parking north up Lake Mary road at the Sandy Canyon TH parking lot. Both spots tske you to the same system of trails. As you come out of Sandy Canyon you come to an "Intersection" of trails. Stay to your right and hike into Walnut Canyon towards the cave you can see in the distance. Beyond that you can go deep into Walnut Canyon. Trail gets less maintained the further back you go. Absolutely beautiful deep inside the canyon.

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Dariusz Wieczorek
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Mountain biking

it is a beautiful trail, just not for biking. There are too many rocks just at the pedal level, you have to carry the bike quite a lot, even though the terrain is not really challenging otherwise. Also, in many places the rut is so narrow and deep, it is very hard to pedal there. It is, however, quiet, with some very nice views and a few caves along the way, so the rating for hiking should indeed be in the 4-5 stars range.

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Khoi Hoang
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Walking

The trail is long but flat which is easy. You can do biking here also. The view of canyon is amazing. If you are using the direction from this app, it will get you to a camp ground which you won’t be able to park your car. The actual parking lot is about 1000ft from the camp ground.

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chris jones
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When doing this hike is important to know that many maps will not show an actual Walnut Canyon Trail. You will start out doing the Sandy Canyon Trail then meet up with and continue along the Arizona Trail until you see a sign for Fisher Point trail and follow it, however continue through the canyon rather than finish the remainder of Fisher Point trail.

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Bobby Trail Legs
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Niel King
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Al Wagner
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Paul Nelson
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Dan Rice
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