Sandys Canyon Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This hike near Lower Lake Mary offers interesting geology, views, and a connection to the Arizona Trail. The ponderosa pine forest here is open and spacious, and views of Walnut Canyon are only a few steps to the east. At one point there is an outcrop of volcanic rock on the rim, and a massive boulder field cascading into the canyon. On the opposite wall of the canyon, the horizontal strata of the Kaibab limestone form white cliffs. The Kaibab limestone is the uppermost layer of sedimentary rock on the Coconino Plateau and forms both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon. However, it is covered with lava flows in much of the Flagstaff area.

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"This hike near Lower Lake Mary offers interesting geology, views, and a connection to the Arizona Trail. The ponderosa pine forest here is open and spacious, and views of Walnut Canyon are only a few steps to the east. At one point there is an outcrop of volcanic rock on the rim, and a massive boulder field cascading into the canyon.

On the opposite wall of the canyon, the horizontal strata of the Kaibab limestone form white cliffs. The Kaibab limestone is the uppermost layer of sedimentary rock on the Coconino Plateau and forms both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon. However, it is covered with lava flows in much of the Flagstaff area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mormon Lake Ranger District; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Flagstaff East; Coconino National Forest (trail not shown)
Driving Directions: Directions to Sandys Canyon Trail

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May 2018