Tramway Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This short trail in the West Clear Creek Wilderness is an enjoyable hike, and it provides access to spectacular West Clear Creek. The short but spectacular trail descends into the gorge of West Clear Creek, affording fine views both up and down the canyon. It follows the route of an old aerial tramway. The Kaibab limestone forms the rim. This fossil-rich layer was deposited in a shallow ocean and forms the edge of the Mogollon Rim in this area. Below the Kaibab limestone, the cross-bedded Coconino sandstone appears, with its layers of overlapping petrified sand dunes. The trail ends at the bottom of the canyon. One option is to hike cross-country upstream and climb out via the Maxwell Trail.

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"This short trail in the West Clear Creek Wilderness is an enjoyable hike, and it provides access to spectacular West Clear Creek. The short but spectacular trail descends into the gorge of West Clear Creek, affording fine views both up and down the canyon. It follows the route of an old aerial tramway.

The Kaibab limestone forms the rim. This fossil-rich layer was deposited in a shallow ocean and forms the edge of the Mogollon Rim in this area. Below the Kaibab limestone, the cross-bedded Coconino sandstone appears, with its layers of overlapping petrified sand dunes. The trail ends at the bottom of the canyon. One option is to hike cross-country upstream and climb out via the Maxwell Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 0.8
Elevation Gain: 840 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 feet
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Calloway Butte; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Tramway Trail

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May 2018