Red Mountain

Flagstaff, Arizona 86015

Red Mountain

Red Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Follow a short trail to a colorful, highly eroded volcanic mountain on the Coconino Plateau. It is easy to imagine a volcanic explosion creating this area, but the crumbly spires and hoodoos (natural rock formations of fantastic shape) are probably the result of water eroding the old cinder cone.

The Coconino Plateau is the southernmost portion of the Colorado Plateau, and covers the region surrounding San
Francisco Mountain, north of the Mogollon Rim and south of the Grand Canyon. Several hundred cinder cones and old volcanoes dot the area, ranging in elevation from 8,000 to 12,633 feet. The hikes in this section explore these old volcanic features."

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"A short hike to a colorful, highly eroded volcanic mountain on the Coconino Plateau. It is easy to imagine a volcanic explosion creating this area, but probably the crumbly spires and hoodoos are the result of water erosion of the old cinder cone.

In fact, study of the topographic map shows that Red Mountain is crescent shaped, with the crescent opening to the southwest. Probably the old crater was to the southwest as well, on the opposite side of the eroded area."

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Trail Information

Flagstaff
Nearby City
1
Distance
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Chapel Mountain; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps

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Oct 2018