Red Mountain

Flagstaff, Arizona

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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.
Hiking Northern Arizona

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Hiking Northern Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 0.5 hour
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,150 feet
Top Elevation: 7,150 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chapel Mountain; Coconino National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Mountain

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