Kachina Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This trail offers an easy hike through fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. After a short distance, you’ll cross under a powerline and enter Kachina Peaks Wilderness. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Mount Agassiz. The forest is an attractive mixture of quaking aspen, Douglas-fir, and limber pine. In fall, the aspen change to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. This is a good hike to view those colors. After about a mile you’ll cross a rocky canyon, and the trail beyond this point crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon coming down from Fremont Saddle and traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The junction with Freidlein Prairie Trail is in this meadow and marks the end of this hike.

Kachina Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail offers an easy hike through fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

After a short distance, you’ll cross under a powerline and enter Kachina Peaks Wilderness. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Mount Agassiz. The forest is an attractive mixture of quaking aspen, Douglas-fir, and limber pine. In fall, the aspen change to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. This is a good hike to view those colors. After about a mile you’ll cross a rocky canyon, and the trail beyond this point crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon coming down from Fremont Saddle and traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The junction with Freidlein Prairie Trail is in this meadow and marks the end of this hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 9,500 feet
Top Elevation: 9,500 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachina Trail

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May 2018