Walnut Canyon

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain920ft
Trailhead Elevation6,542ft
Top6,659ft
Elevation Min/Max6529/6659ft
Elevation Start/End6542/6542ft

Walnut Canyon

Walnut Canyon is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 6,542 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 920 feet.

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"According to ceramic dating and tree circles, there are signs that Sinagua Indian tribes have inhabited the Flagstaff area for 800 years. Just south of Flagstaff, though, there are signs of human habitation of caves along the walls of Walnut Canyon that are at least 2,000 years old. The “houses” built into the sides of the canyon help fill in many anthropological details, providing a look at the transitional centuries between year 0 and the years of flourishing Sinagua civilization. Walnut Creek has carved a canyon out of Kaibab Limestone as it flows seasonally toward the Little Colorado River, eastward, and eventually to the Grand Canyon.

Trail Surface: Both trails begin on the same old logging road, heading south away from Flagstaff into the canyons. Both trails later become singletrack. Some of the track atop Walnut Canyon is doubletrack and forest road; it’s all well marked with Arizona Trail signs, as both trails are part of this statewide network."

"This long and scenic hike follows a section of the Arizona Trail along the north rim of Walnut Canyon. This hike follows a section of the Arizona Trail."

"Most people know Walnut Canyon, located south and east of Flagstaff, for the small national monument that features several Sinagua cliff dwellings dating back 700 years.

Actually, Walnut Canyon stretches for several miles across the Coconino Plateau, and a hike into a section upstream from the monument reveals the beauty of this small but interesting drainage without the crowds."

"This long and scenic hike follows a section of the Arizona Trail along the north rim of Walnut Canyon. Fisher Point is a viewpoint, reached by a few yards of spur trail, which overlooks the point where the canyon makes an abrupt 90-degree change in direction. It makes an ideal goal for a hike on this portion of the Arizona Trail."

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Flagstaff East; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps