Humphreys - Kachina Loop

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This is a long but spectacular hike through rugged, alpine terrain on San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. You can do a shorter, easier hike on this trail system by starting at the Kachina Trailhead and hiking the last 2.7 miles of this loop in reverse, turning around at Freidlein Prairie. This option is a delightful walk through beautiful forest, with an elevation change of 400 feet.

Humphreys - Kachina Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a long but spectacular hike through rugged, alpine terrain on San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

You can do a shorter, easier hike on this trail system by starting at the Kachina Trailhead and hiking the last 2.7 miles of this loop in reverse, turning around at Freidlein Prairie. This option is a delightful walk through beautiful forest, with an elevation change of 400 feet."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 15.7
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 11 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 9,500 feet
Top Elevation: 12,000 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Humphreys - Kachina Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

1/10/2005
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On this trail the views are just awesome, hiking from lockett meadow to the top of arizona is awesome. I did this hike in january 2005 and there was 10+ feet of snow. For this time of year you will need snow shoes and treking pole with baskets on the bottom of them. Make sure you know what the fluff factor is when getting the snow shoes, the is the type of snow and other things that are involved when keeping you on top. For beginning alpinists this is a great start. This was my first peak in 98. before you can do this in the winter make sure that you get a backcountry pass from the peaks ranger distict. You hav eto have a probe, avalanche beacon and a small shovel. Avalanches still happen in these areas. For a good pplace to camp stay at the doyle saddle, and then the next day take the 2.4 mile hike to the summit following the right path depending on the day and type of snow. This last year we got into a small avalanche and it knocked me over. Dont go if there has been more than a foot of snow in the past two days followed with high winds. Overall this was a great trail for beginners, if you have any qustions or trails you would recommend email me at dfoster41@cox.net



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