Little Elden Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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An enjoyable hike on the Dry Lake Hills and Elden Mountain, featuring a variety of scenery, from cool fir forest to open, scenic views. Almost immediately, the trail enters the old Radio Burn. This human-caused forest fire started at the south base of the mountain in June 1977. High winds and hot weather fanned the fire into an inferno that rapidly climbed the south face, threatening the fire lookout and radio sites on the summit, as well as the beautiful pine and fir forest. Heavy application of aerial retardant saved most of the summit facilities, but the forest on the summit and northeast slopes of Elden Mountain was totally destroyed.
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Hiking Northern Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

An enjoyable hike on the Dry Lake Hills and Elden Mountain, featuring a variety of scenery, from cool fir forest to open, scenic views. Almost immediately, the trail enters the old Radio Burn. This human-caused forest fire started at the south base of the mountain in June 1977.

High winds and hot weather fanned the fire into an inferno that rapidly climbed the south face, threatening the fire lookout and radio sites on the summit, as well as the beautiful pine and fir forest. Heavy application of aerial retardant saved most of the summit facilities, but the forest on the summit and northeast slopes of Elden Mountain was totally destroyed.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 6.9
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 8,800 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff East, Sunset Crater West; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Elden Trail

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May 2018