Schultz Pass Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Schultz Pass is a well-known backcountry drive, which is often combined with a visit to Sunset Crater and can be combined with one or two of the trails within the Cinder Hills OHV Area to make a full-day’s tour. The graded road winds over the southern flanks of the San Francisco Peaks through some pretty alpine scenery along the south side of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. In spring and early summer, there are fields of colorful wildflowers, and in the fall, scattered aspens contrast with pines. The northern end of the road has views over the Cinder Hills area to the east where the undulating black hills can be seen. This area is also part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field. Special Attractions: Pleasant backcountry trail over the south side of the San Francisco Peaks; Views of the cinder hills that form part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field; Many backcountry campsites and access to hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Schultz Pass is a well-known backcountry drive, which is often combined with a visit to Sunset Crater and can be combined with one or two of the trails within the Cinder Hills OHV Area to make a full-day’s tour. The graded road winds over the southern flanks of the San Francisco Peaks through some pretty alpine scenery along the south side of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. In spring and early summer, there are fields of colorful wildflowers, and in the fall, scattered aspens contrast with pines. The northern end of the road has views over the Cinder Hills area to the east where the undulating black hills can be seen. This area is also part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field.

Special Attractions: Pleasant backcountry trail over the south side of the San Francisco Peaks; Views of the cinder hills that form part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field; Many backcountry campsites and access to hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 11.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 8,200 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sunset Crater West, Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff West, Flagstaff; BLM Flagstaff; USFS Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Topo Map: Schultz Pass Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backcountry Adventures: Arizona Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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