Keyhole Sink Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Close the gate behind you and you are on your way on Keyhole Sink Trail 114. There is a lot on this hike for your dog (and her human companion) to enjoy: spring and autumn, after snowmelts and rains, Keyhole Sink is a pretty pool in the heart of the box canyon. The trail’s namesake “sink” feeds a lush, green oasis that, when it holds water, is visited by deer, a plethora of woodland birds, butterflies, and spadefoot toads. Your path into the box canyon is an easy hike along a comfortable and compacted forest floor. You and your dog wind northwest through a shady ponderosa pine and alligator juniper forest. Thanks to the double life of this trail—this is a popular cross-country skiing trail in winter— there are plenty of blue triangles on trees that keep you heading the right direction should mud or duff obscure the footpath.

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"Close the gate behind you and you are on your way on Keyhole Sink Trail 114. There is a lot on this hike for your dog (and her human companion) to enjoy: spring and autumn, after snowmelts and rains, Keyhole Sink is a pretty pool in the heart of the box canyon. The trail’s namesake “sink” feeds a lush, green oasis that, when it holds water, is visited by deer, a plethora of woodland birds, butterflies, and spadefoot toads. Your path into the box canyon is an easy hike along a comfortable and compacted forest floor.

You and your dog wind northwest through a shady ponderosa pine and alligator juniper forest. Thanks to the double life of this trail—this is a popular cross-country skiing trail in winter— there are plenty of blue triangles on trees that keep you heading the right direction should mud or duff obscure the footpath."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 84 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,040 feet
Top Elevation: 7,034 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger Station
Local Maps: Parks USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Keyhole Sink Trail

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May 2018