Pipeline Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This hike along the south slopes of Elden Mountain faces south and dries out more quickly in the spring than other trails in the area. Follow the Elden Mountain Trail northwest through a gate. After several hundred yards, turn left at the Fatman’s Loop junction. The trail passes through a second gate then meets the Pipeline Trail at the base of Elden Mountain. Turn left here and follow the trail as it winds through the rough, rocky, volcanic terrain at the base of the southeast ridge. The trail alternates between the pipeline cut and the ponderosa pine–Gambel oak forest between the pipeline and the base of the mountain. This is the area where the Radio Fire started on a hot, windy day in June 1977. Driven by the wind and creating its own “chimney effect,” it roared uncontrollably up the steep slopes above you.

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"This hike along the south slopes of Elden Mountain faces south and dries out more quickly in the spring than other trails in the area. Follow the Elden Mountain Trail northwest through a gate. After several hundred yards, turn left at the Fatman’s Loop junction. The trail passes through a second gate then meets the Pipeline Trail at the base of Elden Mountain. Turn left here and follow the trail as it winds through the rough, rocky, volcanic terrain at the base of the southeast ridge.

The trail alternates between the pipeline cut and the ponderosa pine–Gambel oak forest between the pipeline and the base of the mountain. This is the area where the Radio Fire started on a hot, windy day in June 1977. Driven by the wind and creating its own “chimney effect,” it roared uncontrollably up the steep slopes above you."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 320 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: All year
Trailhead Elevation: 6,900 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Flagstaff East; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Pipeline Trail

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May 2018