Kendrick Mountain

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Capping its small namesake wilderness area, Kendrick Mountain (also known as Kendrick Peak) offers some of the finest views in the northern portion of the state. Of the three different routes that access the summit, the Kendrick Mountain Trail is the most direct and easiest to follow. Although much of this wilderness was devastated by the 14,760-acre Pumpkin Fire in 2000, some portions of this hike were spared a direct hit. Where the ?re did burn more completely, the void in forest cover today opens up to reveal some rather scenic vistas. For the first .5 mile the route climbs along mostly easy grades. Eventually it takes up an old roadbed, which continues north up a drainage. Along this first half of the hike the mountainside was burned over in a mosaic pattern as bands of tall timber alternate with open areas that today sport a plethora of mullein plants. After reaching a ridge just west of the drainage, the Kendrick Mountain trail then continues to switchback up the south face of Kendrick Mountain. As you climb, you may note a change in vegetation types. Ponderosa pines, which typify the lower elevations, give way to a mix of Douglas fir, white fir, cork-bark fir, and Engelmann spruce.

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"Capping its small namesake wilderness area, Kendrick Mountain (also known as Kendrick Peak) offers some of the finest views in the northern portion of the state. Of the three different routes that access the summit, the Kendrick Mountain Trail is the most direct and easiest to follow. Although much of this wilderness was devastated by the 14,760-acre Pumpkin Fire in 2000, some portions of this hike were spared a direct hit. Where the ?re did burn more completely, the void in forest cover today opens up to reveal some rather scenic vistas.

For the first .5 mile the route climbs along mostly easy grades. Eventually it takes up an old roadbed, which continues north up a drainage. Along this first half of the hike the mountainside was burned over in a mosaic pattern as bands of tall timber alternate with open areas that today sport a plethora of mullein plants. After reaching a ridge just west of the drainage, the Kendrick Mountain trail then continues to switchback up the south face of Kendrick Mountain. As you climb, you may note a change in vegetation types. Ponderosa pines, which typify the lower elevations, give way to a mix of Douglas fir, white fir, cork-bark fir, and Engelmann spruce."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best May to September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,980 feet
Top Elevation: 10,418 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest; Kendrick Peak Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Kendrick Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Kendrick Mountain

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May 2018