Kendrick Peak Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This hike follows a well-graded trail to the summit of the second highest mountain in northern Arizona, in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The Kendrick Peak Trail is the easiest of the three trails to the summit of Kendrick Peak. Built for maintenance of the Forest Service fire lookout, it climbs the south side of the mountain in gradual switchbacks. The trail climbs the slope to the northeast, through ponderosa pine stands, to join the original trail just above the old trailhead. This next section of trail was used as a road during a forest fire many years ago, and it is noticeably wider than the remainder of the trail. At first, the trail follows the left side of a drainage; it then begins to switchback. Notice that Douglas-fir appear as the trail climbs this section. Soon, the trail reaches a saddle and becomes narrower again. The trail climbs a short distance up the ridge to the northeast and starts to ascend the south-facing slope in a series of switchbacks. Limber pine and Arizona corkbark fir appear, as well as quaking aspen. Occasional open meadows offer extensive views of the forested Coconino Plateau to the south.
Hiking Northern Arizona

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Hiking Northern Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike follows a well-graded trail to the summit of the second highest mountain in northern Arizona, in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The Kendrick Peak Trail is the easiest of the three trails to the summit of Kendrick Peak. Built for maintenance of the Forest Service fire lookout, it climbs the south side of the mountain in gradual switchbacks.

The trail climbs the slope to the northeast, through ponderosa pine stands, to join the original trail just above the old trailhead. This next section of trail was used as a road during a forest fire many years ago, and it is noticeably wider than the remainder of the trail. At first, the trail follows the left side of a drainage; it then begins to switchback. Notice that Douglas-fir appear as the trail climbs this section. Soon, the trail reaches a saddle and becomes narrower again. The trail climbs a short distance up the ridge to the northeast and starts to ascend the south-facing slope in a series of switchbacks. Limber pine and Arizona corkbark fir appear, as well as quaking aspen. Occasional open meadows offer extensive views of the forested Coconino Plateau to the south.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,720 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,200 feet
Local Contacts: Chalender Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Kendrick Peak; Kaibab National Forest (Williams, Chalender, and Tusayan Ranger Districts) map
Driving Directions: Directions to Kendrick Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/29/2009
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The trail on this hike is well maintained, and well graded. There are excellent views throughout the hike up the south slopes of Kendrick aided in part by the trees burned by the last fire. The trail appears to see a good amount of traffic although is not overly crowded. The fellow manning the fire lookout at the top was pleasant and friendly, and the views were great.


1/20/2006
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Trails.com has been notified that the Pumpkin Trail to the summit of Kendrick Peak is no longer available. Follow the Bull Basin Trail instead, as describes in the Complete Trail Guide.



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