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 views are stunning. The trail climbs a short distance up the ridge to the northeast, then 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. Eventually, the trail makes a major switchback to the northwest, and there are glimpses of the summit and the squat lookout building. The San Francisco Peaks to the east dominate the scenery, and you can also see many of the hundreds of old volcanoes and cinder cones that dot the plateau. The beautiful pine forest stretches in all directions, scarred here and there by old forest fire burns. To the north, the cliffs of the Grand Canyon's north rim are visible 50 miles away.

Kendrick Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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 views are stunning.

The trail climbs a short distance up the ridge to the northeast, then 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. Eventually, the trail makes a major switchback to the northwest, and there are glimpses of the summit and the squat lookout building. The San Francisco Peaks to the east dominate the scenery, and you can also see many of the hundreds of old volcanoes and cinder cones that dot the plateau. The beautiful pine forest stretches in all directions, scarred here and there by old forest fire burns. To the north, the cliffs of the Grand Canyon's north rim are visible 50 miles away."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,720 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,800 feet
Top Elevation: 10,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest, Chalender Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Kendrick Peak; Kaibab National Forest (Williams, Chalender, Tusayan Ranger Districts)
Driving Directions: Directions to Kendrick Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010
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This trail is definitely rated a five for the spectacular views at the summit! The trail begins as a broad path which narrows and becomes a bit rocky on the switchbacks. Near the summit, the area breaks into a beautiful grassy area that used to serve as a corral for the forestry ranger's equine transportation. Take time to look at the old look-out cabin, built in 1913 and in service until 1930. The final 0.3 mile to the existing look-out tower is the steepest part of the climb.



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