Weatherford Trail

HARD 51 reviews
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Weatherford Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,188 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 2 miles north on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Turn left at the intersection with FR 557. Continue on FR 420 for 6 miles to the trailhead located at Schultz Tank. FR 420 closed in winter due to snowpack.

hiking
1 month ago

I took the Weatherford Trail up to Humphyrey's Trail and Peak. It was about an 11 hour hike with roughly 26 miles traveled and roughly 4k feet in elevation. My FitBit logged in 66K steps that day.

The elevation on Weatherford Trail is slow and steady. I also saw a small black bear with her younger cub, but they were minding their own business.

If you add Humphrey's Peak to this trail and hike then you are in for quite a marathon. My feet paid a steep price as I had blisters covering them the next day. Invest in a good pair of hiking boots and use moleskin to reduce moisture and friction in your shoes.

It is quite beautiful out there, and extremely remote. I only saw one other hiker on the Weatherford Trail until I hit Humphrey's Trail, then I ran into people everywhere.

3 months ago

Really nice trail that can be run the whole way up! Still a lot of snow at the saddle so had to abandon the plan to loop this with the waterline trail.

hiking
4 months ago

A beautiful walk through the trees with great views. We used the trail as a descent from Humphrey’s Peak. There was plenty of snow on the trail and it was was passable, but not for the faint of heart.

hiking
4 months ago

Did a nice loop through inner basin to waterline. Long hike though! Lots of snow still

hiking
8 months ago

The first two miles is a steady climb. The next mile has a slight incline. I was only able to go 3 miles but that still provided beautiful views. I love going between the Pine trees and Aspen trees but the views of mountain ranges throughout northern Arizona were truly awesome.

hiking
9 months ago

Decided to try our luck and take this trail all the way up Humphreys peak. Couldn't have asked for better weather. The trail is not too tasking. The mileage ended up being just over 24 miles round trip. Making for a very long 12 hours! Recommend breaking the hike up because doing it all in one day took it out of us. The last 6 miles coming down from Doyles Saddle was a struggle due to fatigue. Great trail with spectacular views though.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike! We will be back ;)

hiking
10 months ago

I've reviewed this trail before, but recently was able to hike it again, this time to Doyle's Saddle. This is a 12 mile round trip, completed in about 5.5 hours. Beautiful views with pockets of yellow aspens this time of year. Has steep sections and switchbacks interspersed by fairly level sections, so it's not too bad. The signage near the saddle is a little confusing as to when you've actually made it to Doyle's Saddle. There is no mileage sign to Freemont or Humphreys (at least not where we were). From the saddle, you can see the top part of Inner Basin and Lockett Meadow along with the backside of Humphreys peak and Agassiz. We turned around at a rock fall that had covered the trail, although it is possible to continue through it, we were just done for the day :). Do expect to be sore after the hike, but it's nothing that a hot shower and a nap can't take care of

11 months ago

Awesome views and way less crowded than humphrey peak

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

One of my favorites in Flagstaff. Easy to get to from town. It's not too steep but essentially a steady ascent. Lots of blue lupine wildflowers--at times they lined the trail. Terrain is very rocky in most areas. The extra 1.5 miles to Fremont Saddle is worth it for the different scenes and awesome views of the Inner Basin below. Bugs were heavy only between Doyle and Fremont Saddles. Also between the saddles I saw what looked like an overturned yellow car. Does anyone know that story? Looked too new to be a Model T from 1920's when Weatherford was taking tourists up. It wasn't the helicopter some people mention either.
From Schultz Tank parking to Fremont Saddle and back took me 7.5 hours.

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

I want to do a 3-4 day hike in this area. Are there reliable water sources or is it a carry all you need area? Thank you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The trail was beautiful and easy to follow until we got past Doyle Saddle. Heavy Snow covered the path and we had to turn around because we could no longer see the trail. I posted a picture of the snow that stopped us.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

great trail. although about 2-3 miles in there are alot of falling trees that you have to step your way around. I would recommend wearing good sturdy shows with ankle support. alot of loose rocks you'll be walking on. I slipped around with the shoes I was wearing. overall a pretty good trail to hike.

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Enjoyable hike. Great weather. Only deterrent was a number of down trees across the trail. Snow is nearly gone and not a factor.

hiking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Great hike. We got within 1 mile from the top, but turned around due to the snow. There were quite a few downed trees, but once the snow melts and the trail is cleared of them there will be no problems. The drive to the trailhead was very well maintained. I'm not sure why this is rated as hard. It seemed more moderate than hard. Great hike, beautiful views, lots of spin off trails. Highly recommended.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice trail. Wish we could have gone further but we only went a few miles and were turned around by the weather. Tons of trails up in here. You could make a lot of easy loops if you didn't want to keep going up. I'd come back and try this trail again.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

I always avoided Flagstaff stuff because I thought it was too orthodox. However, Mt. Humphrey was way-cool. ~17 mile round trip day hike from parking lot to peak. Can be done in a day if you're seasoned.

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Very nice trail. I went in the fall, and the footing was pretty muddy. But still very worth it! The section of aspens was especially beautiful. On my trip, there was a small herd of cows beside the trail at one point. They hardly made any noise and they were hard to spot among the trees, so they startled me at first.

hiking
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I'm new to Phoenix, but have hiked a lot ..this is probably one of the prettiest hikes I have done , it's moderate , challenging enough , but will not wipe you out. We went to Doyles saddle, but there are a few other connecting trails. We took our dog and he had as great of a time as we did! def worth a look , its very enchanting and beautiful. Wildflowers, birch trees, butterflies galore!

hiking
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Beautiful uphill hike through forest and wildflower meadow, awesome views at the top of surrounding San Francisco Peaks area and Flagstaff. Hiked with husband and 2 children (7 & 10 y.o) - was a little bit strenuous for the kids but they did good and didn't complain too much!

hiking
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Perhaps my favorite trail In Flagstaff. You go through the best types of terrain Flag has to offer, and the trail is beautiful Spring, Summer and Fall! You can do as much of it as you want, and the further you go, the less and less people you encounter. I access this trail via Shultz tank usually, but you can also get to it via the inner basin trail as well. I have encountered wild turkeys, elk, summer monsoons and powerful lightening which scared the bejezzus out of me, beautiful wildflowers, golden aspen trees and a general sense of serenity. Its a special trail, do it in the morning on a week day and find yourself.

hiking
Thursday, February 11, 2010

I must admit, the upper part of the Weatherford Trail, traversing Mt. Agassiz, unnerved me. Above tree-line, the steep, talus slope with no visual break of rock or vegetation between the edge of the narrow trail and a long way down caused me some stress. I felt exposed, and fixated on the idea of slipping and sliding down the mountain and over an unseen cliff.
But, finally, that stretch was behind me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the Weatherford trail, marveling at how a long portion of it used to be a wider dirt road called the San Francisco Mountain Boulevard, a toll road on which finely-dressed men and ladies would ride their Model T's to Doyle Saddle for an afternoon in the mountains. The road fell into disrepair during the Depression years.
Despite the section that gave me the willies, the Weatherford Trail is one of my favorite hikes in the San Francisco Peaks. My hiking partner and I made a long, 17.2-mile loop day-hike of it, beginning with the Humphreys Trail up to the saddle, then the Weatherford, and then the Kachina Trail back to our vehicle. And this would make a great two-day backpacking trip, as well.

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