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.

16 hours ago

Considerable amount of snow up here on 10/19. Bring poles or an ice ax and wear boots with crampons/microspikes. Post-holed quite a bit near the summit so snowshoes should also be a consideration depending on weather conditions. High winds on the ridge the last mile or so. Hike was 10 miles roundtrip and the views were incredible. I could see both the Grand Canyon and Sedona from the summit. Also, AMS is real. If you’re coming from low elevation spend at least a night in Flagstaff to acclimate. You’ll feel better the day of your hike if you do.

18 hours ago

Couldn't make it to summit due to snow and wind but will return soon. One of the best games that I ever had.

icey bring crampons a d poles

1 day ago

First time hiking Humphreys and did it on 10/20 and the trail was covered in snow and thigh deep past the saddle. It took 4 hours to get to the top and 3 to get back down. Definitely bring layers, a face mask for the wind, and lots of snacks. The winds were around 30 mph at the top. This hike is really satisfying to complete and you will feel accomplished afterwords! My fit bit said it was 14 miles. It was a long hike either way be prepared. I would do this again but maybe once the snow melts.

The road was closed for the season (today is 10/20) so we had to hike in 3 miles to Lockett Meadows. The aspens were beautiful and the trail was pretty rocky at first.

4 days ago

Perfect trail, it’s a bit longer than expected but beautiful. The views are badass and even after a good snow it was chilly but yet no way unbearable. The snow was melting so the trail was a bit muddy so be careful where you step. Some trekking poles wouldn’t hurt. You couldn’t see the top of MT. Elden due to the fog but still super pretty. Me and my girlfriend did it in 1:12 and it was 3.06 miles. We took a ton of breaks because she doesn’t hike all that often. But she made it through fine. It is a little hard to find though.

The ranger station next door is not where you wanna go. It’s a parking lot at the trailhead is where you want to go and park. At the ranger station it will have a sign for fat man. There won’t be one at the parking lot.... ya I know stupid right? Make sure to layer up it was a little chilly.

Most beautiful hike I have ever done! going from fall to winter was breathtaking. Highly recommend. Part of the hike was a steady incline but very worth it.

Absolutely gorgeous this time of year. The Aspen trees are so colorful and make for an amazing hike. Also, make sure to go the entire hike or you will be extremely disappointed. Once you make it up the large hill and round a corner and start to see the snowy capped mountain it opens up onto a beautiful colorful meadow — KEEP GOING! This isn’t the end. Follow it into the snowy mountains you will eventually see the trail continue and hike into the snowy beautiful mountain trail (if it’s still there) what a beautiful treat!! We lived this trail. With the colorful Aspen trees and fresh snow— seems we picked the perfect day!

Not sure why this notes the trail is closed. It was open and had half a dozen hikers out on it. Dog friendly too. Great moderate hike with beautiful aspens and dense forest. The drive back to the trailhead was a bit rough but no four-wheel drive needed.

8 days ago

As good as it gets. Well worth the effort to the top. Strava clocked it at about 10.5 miles. Trail is well marked...it was covered in snow yesterday. Lots of it. Definitely wear sunblock. Drank about 2L of water. Bring salty snacks. Dress in layers... you'll go from cold to hot the entire hike. This hike won't disappoint...I'll be back again soon.

8 days ago

The most amazing hike I have ever done! The colors were breathtaking and it was perfect temperature. Got to the end of the aspen trees and decided to keep going, and glad I did! Maybe 1-1.5 miles, I’m not sure, but you get to this meadow area and see the snow covered mountains, just spectacular! We did however get hailed & rained on at the very end of our hike as the weather called for it, but so worth it!

Gorgeous! According to the Apple Watch a little over 6 miles round trip but totally worth it. Also the directions through all trails app are wrong- look for forest road 552 which is about a mile
Before where the app says 522 is (this road doesn’t exist). A few bumpy and steep miles in the car, but I have a small Mazda and had no issues. Just take your time. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done in AZ

10 days ago

Pretty epic climb! My friend and I summited two weeks ago. It took a lot of physical strength and endurance, took us about 6 hours to the top and then another 5 back down at a very leisurely pace. We saw lots of people along the way, no wild life to speak of, amazing views thou once we got out of the forest and up to the saddle. Felt a little light headed at the top from high altitude but it wasn’t bad. Bring a lot of snacks, layers and wear excellent ankle support- the trail especially after saddle is very rocky. My iphone health app said we did 14 miles, climbed 200 stories and did 30,000 steps, holy moly!

10 days ago

• the trail is completely covered with snow (on 10/10). I started the hike at 9am and most of the snow was icy and slippery. When I made it to the ridge, it was difficult to locate the trail (had to watch for trail marker poles). On the way back, from 1 to 2pm, the snow was slushy as it began quickly melting
• the wind at the ridge was no joke, especially the last few hundred feet, forecast says it picked up to around 30mph.
• I completed the hike in around 5hrs, but this one is not a joke and involves stamina and knowing your body limits.

Take water and trail snacks! Tricky and challenging climb, and the view at the top is great but plenty of terrific views all the way up. The decent is a whole different group of muscles, so a terrific overall workout. Don’t miss this one!

14 days ago

October 6th hiked up there to look at the Autumn/fall leaves. Trees looked pretty. The lookout tower was also opened so we went up there as well to capture some great pics.

Bring some hiking sticks and a jacket. It gets windy and cold, and the hike is indeed hard.

15 days ago

My significant other and I don't hike. We also come from a city with an elevation of 350 feet. This was brutal. Gorgeous. But brutal. Started about 0820 and got back at 1610. You're going to see a scenic chair lift in the distance and hear the joy of those riding it. You will have several false summits. You must not cry, save that salt and water. People coming down the mountain will pass you with pure joy on their faces because they can finally breathe. Snacks, water (we had 2 liters and it was plenty), layers, good shoes, and change of socks isn't a bad idea. Just keep pushing. It's doable. Don't let it get you down if you have to stop every 30 feet towards the summits. You'll find new friends doing the same. Go early, don't do it on a cloudy day (it's a great view) treat yourself afterwards.

Great hike! Don't let those false peaks deter you, you'll know once you've made it to the summit. Like many have said, it's well worth the views! Not a novice hikers, still a beginner and I did it with my pack (which might have been overkill - weight-wise). I took my sweet time to avoid injury, brought poles, plenty of water, salty snacks... and took plenty of quick stops along the way. I'm used to cooler (30-40deg f) temps and didn't need all the layers. Instead of a 40l pack, I'd bring a smaller day pack or camel back.

Awesome hike! Incredible views and a leg and lung burner!

loved it!

on Fatmans Loop Trail

16 days ago

nice hike. good views of Flagstaff. Good climb either direction then the ending is easy and mostly downhill.

18 days ago

A hard, strenuous hike that is definitely worth it. Data on this trail says it’s 4.8 miles one way, but like others on here said, it seems longer. My fitness tracker clocked the entire up and down as 11 miles plus. You must be prepared for this strenuous hike with at least 3 liters of water and plenty of snacks. From the trail head through the forest, up to the saddle is moderate to difficult due to elevation gain, and uneven terrain. From the saddle, over 4 false summits and up to the peak is difficult and strenuous due to even more increased elevation, giant step ups and cold temperatures plus high winds. ( Our group hiked it the last week of September to avoid Summer monsoon storms) Least to say, for the average person, this is not a casual hike. That said, it is well worth the effort and the end payoff is the view and the sense of accomplishment you summited the highest point in Arizona and traversed one of the hardest trails in the state. Go prepared with layered clothing, ( you will put on, then take off, then put on layers again) plenty of water, food, good, sturdy hiking shoes and trekking poles. The right equipment will definitely help you tackle this monster trail and summit.

Nice leisurely hike and the trail is well maintained.

Take snacks, layer up, hiking sticks were helpful.

Super fun with a bolder overlook if you park at the campground and hike to the trailhead. Hiked with a group of kids and they all did great. Hiked it in July

22 days ago

beautiful trail. love it

23 days ago

It was a wonderful but very challenging hike. I would estimate it's closer to 10-11miles long. The elevation can easily tire you out, and you're exposed to a lot of freezing wind and burnimg sun so be prepared. Sunscreen is 100% needed. Start as early as you can! I did 7am and I wish I went earlier. DRESS IN LAYERS! Started at 35° and by the end I was sweating. I thought I packed enough water but I ran out on my way down. Basically do not take this hike lightly, it is a challenge, but it is very worth it. The view was incredible!

24 days ago

Great out and back. Took a little longer than expected from the saddle to the peak but it was still a good hike with my wife. Make sure you bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen. Ran into a few people that were out of water by the time they reached the saddle going up, not too smart on their part. Great views once you get above the tree line.

on Fatmans Loop Trail

24 days ago

Moderate trail.

A great hike with beautiful views. Very uphill, but it's worth the steep climb.

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