Fatmans Loop Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

Fatmans Loop Trail

Fatmans Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Thin hikers as well as fat ones can enjoy this interesting loop through complex volcanic rock formations on the east slopes of Mount Elden. From the trailhead, walk up the trail to the northwest 0.1 mile to the first trail junction. Fatmans Loop starts here, and the trail on the right will be the return route.

Stay left as the trail continues to climb up the gentle slope through open ponderosa pine forest. Another 0.3 mile brings you to the Pipeline Trail junction, reached just as the grade starts to steepen. Stay right to remain on Fatmans Loop. The trail now veers more to the north as it climbs the base of Mount Elden through a rugged landscape of volcanic rocks."

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Coventry, CT
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Don't be fooled by the name of this loop. I thought it was called Fatman's Loop because even a fat man could walk the loop. It's not a long loop or even particularly difficult, but it's not easy, and it does climb sufficiently to give you nice views of Flagstaff. The plants (lots of yucca, cacti, cliff roses, and more) and the multitude of large and often oddly-shaped boulders made this trail seem rather exotic to me and considerably different from those more foresty walks on the west side of town. Depending on how you get to the trailhead (I took Pipeline), you'll also get nice views of Mt. Elden from below and fields of sunflowers. Definitely worth it.

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Tony Padegimas
"This short but strenuous hike loops up and down the face of Mount Elden, offering views of eastern Flagstaff. It presents a case study in the aftermath of a forest fire, as well as close encounters with volcanic geology. One such encounter is a squeeze between two boulders that lends the hike its name. The trail also provides a bit of a workout. These factors and the hike’s proximity to town make it quite popular with the locals."

Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
March through November
6,880 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,370 feet
Top Elevation
Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Flagstaff East
Local Maps

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