Bismarck Lake

Flagstaff, Arizona

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A pleasant hike through alpine meadows on San Francisco Mountain and into the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. There’s a good chance of seeing wildlife in this area. This area is closed to motor vehicles to protect the wildlife habitat. The closure seems to be having an effect; I have seen more wildlife, including black bear and Merriam’s elk, since the old road was closed. The trail follows the old road, which has been closed by the USDA Forest Service, through ponderosa pine forest. After about 0.2 mile, the trail enters a meadow and skirts a stock tank. This is a good place to see elk, especially around twilight
Hiking Northern Arizona

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Hiking Northern Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

A pleasant hike through alpine meadows on San Francisco Mountain and into the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. There’s a good chance of seeing wildlife in this area.

This area is closed to motor vehicles to protect the wildlife habitat. The closure seems to be having an effect; I have seen more wildlife, including black bear and Merriam’s elk, since the old road was closed. The trail follows the old road, which has been closed by the USDA Forest Service, through ponderosa pine forest. After about 0.2 mile, the trail enters a meadow and skirts a stock tank. This is a good place to see elk, especially around twilight

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 9,500 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Bismarck Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2009
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There is now a sign off of FR 151 marking the road to the trail head. This is a nice short hike with a reward at the end - a great view. The lake is usually dry.



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May 2018