Mormon Lake

Flagstaff, Arizona 86038

Mormon Lake

Mormon Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A hike along the shore of Mormon Lake, Arizona’s largest natural lake. This is a great place to view wildlife. The walk follows the old road along the shore of the lake. (The topographic map shows this old road but not the present highway, which is to the east, above the lakeside cliffs.)

The old road is nearly level and is about 20 feet higher than the lake, so there is a good view. This hike is best done at sunrise or sunset, which are good times for wildlife viewing."

More Mormon Lake Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a level hike that goes along the shore of Mormon Lake, Arizona’s largest natural lake. This is a great place to view wildlife. Most of the year, Mormon Lake is more a marsh than a lake. When full, after the spring snowmelt, it is the largest “natural” lake in Arizona. Although there is no dam (in contrast with Upper and Lower Lake Mary), humans have still influenced the lake. The area was first settled by Mormons, who started dairy farming here.

In the pioneer days, the lake area was never more than a marsh, and the settlers ran cattle on the rich forage. Eventually, the hooves of the cattle compacted the soil and made it less porous, so that the marsh flooded and became a lake in wet years. Today, the lake and its marshes are important havens for wildlife. This hike is best done at sunrise or sunset, which are good times for wildlife viewing. Cottonwood and aspen trees grow here in an unusual association, and there are fine views of the distant San Francisco Mountain."

"A hike along the shore of Mormon Lake, Arizona’s largest natural lake. This is a great place to view wildlife. The old road is nearly level and is about 20 feet higher than the lake, so there is a good view. This hike is best done at sunrise or sunset, which are good times for wildlife viewing."

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Trail Information

Flagstaff
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.4
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Mormon Lake Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mormon Lake; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps

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Oct 2018