Kachina Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This relatively new trail offers an easy hike through a fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Agassiz Peak. The forest here 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, and this hike provides a good opportunity to view those colors. After about 1 mile, you will head across a rocky canyon. Beyond this point, the trail crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon that comes down from Fremont Saddle, then traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The hike ends at the junction with the Freidlein Prairie Trail at 2.7 miles. Return to the trailhead as you came.

Kachina Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This relatively new trail offers an easy hike through a fine alpine forest, ending at a scenic meadow. The hike is on the southwest slopes of San Francisco Mountain, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area. The trail winds in and out of small canyons and through meadows as it traverses the southwest slopes of Agassiz Peak. The forest here 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, and this hike provides a good opportunity to view those colors.

After about 1 mile, you will head across a rocky canyon. Beyond this point, the trail crosses a steeper, more rugged slope. After crossing several small draws, the trail crosses the deeper canyon that comes down from Fremont Saddle, then traverses into Freidlein Prairie, an alpine meadow on the southwest slopes of Fremont Peak. The hike ends at the junction with the Freidlein Prairie Trail at 2.7 miles. Return to the trailhead as you came."

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

Recent Trail Reviews

10/15/2011
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Beautiful vistas. Our dog loved it. Generally easy to hike, but there were a few areas that were very strenuous. But beautiful colours this time of year.


7/20/2008
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If you are looking for a nice trail for hikers of any age or experience this is the trail. Beautiful scenery plus easy hike equals amazing trail.



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