Bismarck Lake

Flagstaff, Arizona 86015

Bismarck Lake

Bismarck Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Best summer through fall
8,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,500 feet
Top Elevation
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps