Weatherford Trail

HARD 36 reviews
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Weatherford Trail is a 15.6 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
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3372 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
7 days ago

hiking
7 days 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

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views and way less crowded than humphrey peak

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

trail running
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

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.