Explore the most popular forest trails near Flagstaff with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a nice, mostly easy hike, and I am in poor health. Went with my 60 yo husband and dog, who was off leash the entire time. We went on a Saturday afternoon around 1 and only saw 2 people going in as we went out. There is one area (around 1/2 mile in, I think) where the trail marker tells you to go to the left, but we only saw some boulders and didn't really see a path, so we kept along what looked like the main trail. We figured out later that that was the part with the petroglyphs. Oops! If you DO skip that little part, the hike is 1.8 miles. Mostly smooth and we were able to walk 2 wide. There were a couple sections with some fallen trees, but were easy to step over. The last 1/2 mile was pretty uphill and I had to stop and rest, but remember I'm in poor health. I'd like to do it again, though!

backpacking
1 day ago

Great views and great way to break away from technology!

trail running
1 day ago

pretty rough 3/4 mile at the start then it mellows out. Nice and not busy with wide path to run side by side!

hiking
2 days ago

Did this trail yesterday. It is definitely not 9.2 miles, we tracked it at 13.3 out and back. This time of year it is very windy past the tree line so be prepared. Download the map as that helped us not lose the trail. Great hike with awesome views and scenery!

Still snow at the top of Abineau. Hard to connect to the rest of the trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Did this last Sunday 5/13/18. Trail was clear. No snow left.
As many others reported, it is easy to lose the trail at some points, but well signed the last mile up. Also, I don’t think it’s 9.2 miles, more like 10.5. It was a little windy at the top as one can expect. Nothing unmanageable. A wind jacket did it for me. For the most part it’s nicely shaded, until you past the tree line and start the saddle, then you are exposed for the last 1,000 ft or so.
Elevation gain is nice and smooth and views are stunning. Very friendly, helpful and respectful people on the trail!!!!

Great for trail running!

Way cool once in a lifetime type of trail where you’re in the thick of a some 900 years+ of lava flow and the impact it’s left behind to nature. It’s absolutely captivating albeit a very short trail. Feel like another world in there frozen lava flow.

hiking
7 days 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

hiking
7 days ago

This 2500ft incline hike will test your stamina for sure. Be careful as the trail seems to have been washed out in a few places higher up. This hike has what I call a grand staircase feature which is pretty cool. Unbelievable views at the top when you reach the towers. This hike took me just under 3 hours to complete, rests included. Passed by many other hikers on this trail as it is popular due to how close the trailhead is to Flagstaff. I recommend trekking poles for the descent, especially if you have bad ankles and knees like me.

hiking
8 days ago

My husband and I went this evening and it was beautiful. We enjoyed seeing the different types of trees and huge boulders. Everything was so unique. Can’t wait to finish the other trails around this one tomorrow!!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike, with fast strenuous elevation change throughout

ALERT. Some of the switchbacks are near game trails which are misleading and can cause one to go astray. Especially the one at 10840 has a straight ahead looking path - rule of thumb, if you have to clamber over excess rocks or timber fall, probably NOT the trail. Is generally clearly evident except for those caveat. Great views, not sure if it's three or four false summits but as long as you prepare yourself for them it's fine

walking
11 days ago

Fun spot for a walk. You'll even get a cool view of Mount Humphreys at a point. Took me 1 hour 45 with occasional brisk walking and was about 6 miles. Hardly any elevation gain. The parking lot looks like its about to be lined or paved but I didn't have an issue finding parking. Saw 1 biker and 2 runners the entire time.

hiking
11 days ago

An excellent trail with absolutely unbeatable views. Strenuous hike especially if you aren't used to higher altitudes, but worth the trek. Would highly suggest ensuring warm layers for the top because snow was present even mid fall.

hiking
13 days ago

Strenuous trail for sure. Upper 2/3 of the trail had some snow, but we were able to do it just fine without spikes. Snow was melting quickly. Beautiful views from the top. You must mentally push through the 3 false summits before the actual summit.

hiking
15 days ago

Real nice, short trail near J & H RV Park on north 89. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we only encountered maybe 10-12 people and 4-5 dogs out there :). We had our lab off-leash most of the time.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike! Some spots were difficult on following the trail, but over all excellent hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike, very difficult at the top with snow. Went up 5/4/18 and still very much covered in snow

15 days ago

absolutely amazing, did a winter climb very very hard but worth it in the end

Amazing views of Flagstaff! Challenging walk but definitely worth it for the memories!

Park at Sandy Canyon (you’ll see a sign to turn here on Lake Mary Road. Follow Sandy Canyon to the AZ trail onto Fay Canyon. The turn off to Fay doesn’t have a sign and I used my offline AllTrails map to find the turn off. Fay has lots of horse poop and you’ll feel like you’re walking through a meadow. Fay is shaded but the rest of the hike pretty exposed otherwise.

You’ll see some parallel trails to what you’re supposed to be on that come back together but I’d suggest following the path that has the black dirt. You’ll arrive at a road eventually and you’ll end up walking along the Hitchin’ Post Stables. Walk along the dirt road as long as possible to prevent walking along Lake Mary road longer than you have to. You can walk down lower not right on road. This trail took me 2 hours and my Fitbit said roughly 5.5 miles were traveled. I went early on a Wednesday and didn’t see a soul the entire time.

I’d consider this more of a walk than I would a traditional hike. As a hike I’d give it 3 stars as a walk 4.

Ok trail but not well marked. much of it roads so more suited to biking. But, sadly, the Go Back to Phoenix stickers on trail signs reeks of Nazism.

I hiked Humphrey’s peak several years back with several friends. I really enjoyed the hike although a lightning storm curtailed our views at the top to only a few minutes - especially after hearing about a teenager killed the previous week by lightning near the summit.

On the way up we missed the last hairpin to the right and instead crossed a massive boulder field/rock slide. We obviously lost the trail at that point and just decided to hike towards the top. After 30-45 mins and some head scratching we came across a crash site of a US Army Airforce B-24 Bomber crash site. The plane crashed on Sept 15, 1944 during a training mission killing all 8 crew members. It was pretty surreal. Mostly metal is all that remains a nice US flag memorial was erected. After sometime at this site we continued the journey straight up the mountain and back onto the trail about 45 mins from the top.

Enjoy the hike.

A short hike with great views. I also went up the NW side the views from up there amazing. Little trail on rim looped around and back.

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
27 days ago

it was our first time and we loved it. tons of cool boulders to look at and the views from the top are awesome. Our dog enjoyed climbing on rocks and there's some spots with good shade to take breaks if needed.

hiking
28 days ago

Felt pretty decent until the mountain greeted us. Steep and semi technical but very enjoyable. Hard is accurate but there is plenty of area to throttle down and rest.

trail running
29 days ago

Got stuck in a snow storm and missed cairns on the way down ! The trail is very hard to follow due to fallen trees and burnt areas. Cannot comment on the views since weather was pretty bad ( understatement).

People ignore the dog leash rule.. My dog kills other dogs that invade my space. otherwise a great moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A great way to get up high quickly. The trail is pretty easy going, but currently suffers from an abundance of icy snow making things slippy!

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