Fatmans Loop Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona 86003

Fatmans Loop Trail

Fatmans Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Fatmans Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a scenic hike through rugged terrain on the east slopes of Elden Mountain. This loop trail is accessible via paved roads. Because of its southeast exposure it dries out earlier than other trails at the same elevation.

This is not a wilderness trail, but it traverses some rugged volcanic terrain with some nice views. Follow the trail past the information sign. Turn left at the first signed junction. This is the start of Fatman’s Loop; you’ll return on the trail that forked right. The trail climbs west toward the 2,000-foot east face of Elden Mountain. It passes through another gate where an unsigned trail joins from the right. Next, you’ll pass the Pipeline Trail, which goes left. The Fatman’s Trail turns north and climbs the lower slopes of the mountain through Gambel oak and ponderosa pine forest."

"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 through
Gambel oak and ponderosa pine forest."

"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."

Fatmans Loop Trail Reviews

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8/16/2010
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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Trail Information

Flagstaff
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.2
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
March through November
Season
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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Oct 2018