Soldier and Kinnikinick Lakes Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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A rough but scenic trail that links two lakes best describes this route, which follows part of FR 82. It commences at the north end of Long Lake Road, at Long Lake, and is a continuation of the graded, 1-rated road from Arizona 87. Although this trail shares the same forest route number as Long Lake Road, the similarity ends there. Although not directly visible from the main trail, Soldier Lake can be reached by driving 0.1 miles along a side trail. Fishermen can angle for bass and catfish there. Only boats powered by single electric motors are permitted on Soldier Lake. Special Attractions: Elk can often be seen grazing in the open meadows; Trout fishing in the stocked waters of Kinnikinick and Soldier Lakes; Rough but scenic trail that crosses open meadows. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

A rough but scenic trail that links two lakes best describes this route, which follows part of FR 82. It commences at the north end of Long Lake Road, at Long Lake, and is a continuation of the graded, 1-rated road from Arizona 87. Although this trail shares the same forest route number as Long Lake Road, the similarity ends there. Although not directly visible from the main trail, Soldier Lake can be reached by driving 0.1 miles along a side trail. Fishermen can angle for bass and catfish there. Only boats powered by single electric motors are permitted on Soldier Lake.

Special Attractions: Elk can often be seen grazing in the open meadows; Trout fishing in the stocked waters of Kinnikinick and Soldier Lakes; Rough but scenic trail that crosses open meadows. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 9.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: March to December, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 6,700 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chavez Mt. West, Jaycox Mt., Kinnikinick Lake, Sedona; BLM Sedona; USFS Coconino National Forest, Blue Ridge Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Soldier and Kinnikinick Lakes Trail

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