Sandys Canyon

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain332ft
Trailhead Elevation6,825ft
Elevation Min/Max6623/6835ft
Elevation Start/End6825/6825ft

Sandys Canyon

Sandys Canyon is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 6,825 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 332 feet. The Canyon Vista Campground camp site is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Azt - Walnut Canyon.

Sandys Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike follows Sandys Canyon Trail 137 to the mouth of Walnut Canyon, where you can climb to the Fisher Point overlook and/or follow the trail deeper into scenic Walnut Canyon, which contains a few small caves. Th e Sandys Canyon segment is part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT), which runs north–south through the state for 800 miles, from Mexico to Utah."

"This scenic trail leads you and your dog through mountain meadows, lush canyons, and cool, tree-covered ridges. The path is initially a comfortable and compacted forest floor.

Your northwest heading ultimately leads you to the lip of Sandys Canyon, but the great views start at the trailhead and rarely let up. The San Francisco Peaks make a couple of grand entrances at different viewpoints along this hike, and the unusual cliffs and red rock formations of Walnut Canyon are a delight."

"This hike near Lower Lake Mary offers interesting geology, views, and a connection to the Arizona Trail. The ponderosa pine forest here is open and spacious, and views of Walnut Canyon are only a few steps to the east. At one point there is an outcrop of volcanic rock on the rim, and a massive boulder field cascading into the canyon.

On the opposite wall of the canyon, the horizontal strata of the Kaibab limestone form white cliffs. The Kaibab limestone is the uppermost layer of sedimentary rock on the Coconino Plateau and forms both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon. However, it is covered with lava flows in much of the Flagstaff area."

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Directions: The Lake Mary Road is being re-done the cattleguard is gone. Look for the Campground Sign and turn to the N there. The hike is easy. There are great views to the mountains to the north. This hike is good with dogs. (ours went on electronic collars as long as there were no other people in sight). Shared the trail with bicycles, horses and several other hikers.

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Skill Level
Mormon Lake Ranger District; Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Flagstaff East; Coconino National Forest (trail not shown)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018