Lower Oldham Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This is a trail along the base of Elden Mountain that provides access to the Elden Mountain–Dry Lake Hills trail system from Flagstaff. Go through the old gate into Buffalo Park and continue north on the straight road that goes to the gas-pipeline station at the north side of the park. The signed Oldham Trail starts just to the right (east) of the buildings, at a gap in the fence. The trail, now a footpath, descends the slopes of the mesa and heads northeast across the shallow valley below, directly toward Elden Mountain. The Oldham Trail meets the signed Pipeline Trail on the north side of the cleared gas-pipeline right-of-way and turns north to climb gradually along the west slopes of Elden Mountain. The Dry Lake Hills are visible to the northwest, and soon it is obvious that the trail is heading into the canyon between the Dry Lake Hills and Elden Mountain.
Hiking Northern Arizona

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Hiking Northern Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This is a trail along the base of Elden Mountain that provides access to the Elden Mountain–Dry Lake Hills trail system from Flagstaff. Go through the old gate into Buffalo Park and continue north on the straight road that goes to the gas-pipeline station at the north side of the park.

The signed Oldham Trail starts just to the right (east) of the buildings, at a gap in the fence. The trail, now a footpath, descends the slopes of the mesa and heads northeast across the shallow valley below, directly toward Elden Mountain. The Oldham Trail meets the signed Pipeline Trail on the north side of the cleared gas-pipeline right-of-way and turns north to climb gradually along the west slopes of Elden Mountain. The Dry Lake Hills are visible to the northwest, and soon it is obvious that the trail is heading into the canyon between the Dry Lake Hills and Elden Mountain.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 490 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,100 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Flagstaff West, Humphreys Peak; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Oldham Trail

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May 2018