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Fatmans Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This scenic hike travels through rugged terrain on the east slopes of Elden Mountain. This loop trail is accessible via paved roads and, because of its southeast exposure, dries out earlier than other trails at the same elevation. This trail traverses some rugged volcanic terrain with good views. From the trailhead, follow the trail past the information sign and through a gate. Turn left (northwest) at the first signed junction at 0.2 mile; this is the start of the Fatmans Loop. You will return on the trail that forks to the right. The trail climbs northwest toward the imposing east face of Elden Mountain. It passes through another gate where an unsigned trail joins from the right. At 0.4 mile, you’ll pass the Pipeline Trail, which goes left (southwest). Continue on the Fatmans Loop as it turns north, and climbs the lower slopes of the mountain throughGambel oak and ponderosa pine forest."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Flagstaff (Falcon Guides).
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