Route 66 Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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As you and your pooch first set out, the path gently rolls southwest and downhill on a wide swath of loose gravel and grasses. The parklike, ponderosa pine forest casts dappled shade along your entire route, making for cool spring and fall outings and pleasantly warm summer jaunts. Bits of concrete lying off to the side of the path and this trail’s arrow-straight configuration are all that initially indicate the original roadway. Soon, though, history crowds in and a concrete culvert here or a bit of unbroken roadway there emerges. Occasionally, you can glimpse the faint traces of an even older Route 66 right-of-way, from 1921, to the side of the path.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)

As you and your pooch first set out, the path gently rolls southwest and downhill on a wide swath of loose gravel and grasses. The parklike, ponderosa pine forest casts dappled shade along your entire route, making for cool spring and fall outings and pleasantly warm summer jaunts.

Bits of concrete lying off to the side of the path and this trail’s arrow-straight configuration are all that initially indicate the original roadway. Soon, though, history crowds in and a concrete culvert here or a bit of unbroken roadway there emerges. Occasionally, you can glimpse the faint traces of an even older Route 66 right-of-way, from 1921, to the side of the path.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 65 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest, Williams Visitor Center
Local Maps: Parks USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Route 66 Trail

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May 2018