Kachina Trail 150

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance5.2mi
Elevation Gain2,533ft
Trailhead Elevation9,306ft
Top9,328ft
Elevation Min/Max8789/9328ft
Elevation Start/End9306/9306ft

Kachina Trail 150

Kachina Trail #150 is a hiking and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 9,306 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,533 feet.

Kachina Trail #150 Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail offers an easy hike through fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

After a short distance, you’ll cross under a powerline and enter Kachina Peaks Wilderness. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Mount Agassiz. The forest is an attractive mixture of quaking aspen, Douglas-fir, and limber pine. In fall, the aspen change to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. This is a good hike to view those colors. After about a mile you’ll cross a rocky canyon, and the trail beyond this point crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon coming down from Fremont Saddle and traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The junction with Freidlein Prairie Trail is in this meadow and marks the end of this hike."

"This relatively new trail offers an easy hike through a fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Agassiz Peak. The forest here is an attractive mixture of quaking aspen, Douglas-fir, and limber pine. In fall, the aspen change to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red, and this hike provides a good opportunity to view those colors.

After about 1 mile, you will head across a rocky canyon. Beyond this point, the trail crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon that comes down from Fremont Saddle, then traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The hike ends at the junction with the Freidlein Prairie Trail at 2.7 miles. Return to the trailhead as you came."

"The relentlessly scenic Kachina Trail 150 crosses the southern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks from the Snowbowl ski resort at the west end to the Weatherford Trail on the east. It provides a fine route to see many of these mountains’ splendors without huffing into the higher altitudes."

"Foregoing the high alpine terrain of the San Francisco Peaks in favor of old-growth forests that typify the range’s middle elevations, the Kachina Trail descends easily from the Snowbowl ski area to a trailhead north of Schultz Pass.

Because this trailhead is accessed by a rough road, however, this hike description tacks on a couple of extra miles by following the Weatherford Trail to Schultz Pass itself, which is accessed by a much better forest road."

"This relatively new trail offers an easy hike through fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of the San Francisco Peaks in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

The trail descends gradually eastward across the slopes of Fremont Peak, traversing several beautiful aspen-lined meadows. Watch for elk; at times there are more elk tracks than human tracks on the trail."

"Follow the Humphreys Peak Trail under the ski lift and across the meadow, where the route enters dense fir-aspen forest. The trail climbs steadily up the west slopes of the mountain in a series of broad switchbacks. As you climb, the forest gradually changes to spruce and the aspen zone is left behind. Finally, the trail swings southeast into the canyon above the ski area. A series of short switchbacks lead through sparse bristlecone pine forest to the Humphrey-Agassiz Saddle at 11,800 feet and the junction with the Weatherford Trail.

Here you can do an optional side trip on the Humphreys Peak Trail to the summit of Humphreys Peak, which at 12,633 feet is Arizona’s highest point. This side trip is 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 800 feet. Note that cross-country hiking is prohibited above 11,400 feet (the approximate elevation of timberline) on the San Francisco Peaks in order to protect the San Francisco Peaks groundsel, a low-growing plant with yellow flowers that grows only in loose cinders above timberline. It is found nowhere else in the world."

Kachina Trail #150 Reviews

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10/15/2011
Beautiful vistas. Our dog loved it. Generally easy to hike, but there were a few areas that were very strenuous. But beautiful colours this time of year.
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7/20/2008
If you are looking for a nice trail for hikers of any age or experience this is the trail. Beautiful scenery plus easy hike equals amazing trail.
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8/28/2005
We are novice hikers. This trail offered enough challenge with elevation changes and distance that we feel we got a great workout. The elevation is just right.
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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps

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Oct 2018