Mormon Mountain

Flagstaff, Arizona

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Riding-wise, Mormon Mountain consists of a fairly tame, if long, middle-ring climb up to 8,500 feet, and a singletrack switchback that almost anyone can blast down with some speed. The upper reaches of the trail aren’t often maintained, so expect the occasional deadfall and loose rubble to keep things interesting. The descent is moderately technical singletrack, featuring some small drops and lots of loose stuff—depending on the time of year, either leaves or post-monsoon debris. The top of Mormon Mountain is totally shrouded in trees, so there’s not much of a view as you careen between trees along the top en route to the descent. The further down the mountain you go, the shallower and more maintained the descent—expect more hikers as you go down. Near the bottom of the descent, you’ll have an opportunity to climb again out to a lookout by taking the Ledges Trail out of the campground. Although a little tiring after the climb, the trip out to the ledge to views of the lakebed is well worth your time.

Mormon Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Riding-wise, Mormon Mountain consists of a fairly tame, if long, middle-ring climb up to 8,500 feet, and a singletrack switchback that almost anyone can blast down with some speed. The upper reaches of the trail aren’t often maintained, so expect the occasional deadfall and loose rubble to keep things interesting. The descent is moderately technical singletrack, featuring some small drops and lots of loose stuff—depending on the time of year, either leaves or post-monsoon debris. The top of Mormon Mountain is totally shrouded in trees, so there’s not much of a view as you careen between trees along the top en route to the descent.

The further down the mountain you go, the shallower and more maintained the descent—expect more hikers as you go down. Near the bottom of the descent, you’ll have an opportunity to climb again out to a lookout by taking the Ledges Trail out of the campground. Although a little tiring after the climb, the trip out to the ledge to views of the lakebed is well worth your time."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 12.6
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Season: Year-round; May be snowed in November - March
Trailhead Elevation: 7,100 feet
Top Elevation: 8,450 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mormon Mountain, Mormon Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Mormon Mountain

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May 2018