Upper Oldham Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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A hike through cool Douglas-fir forest that climbs the west slopes of Elden Mountain to an alpine meadow and a viewpoint overlooking volcanic peaks and the Painted Desert. The trail, which is not shown on the topographic map, starts up a northwest-facing canyon through a cool, dense Douglas-fir and quaking aspen forest. Soon it switchbacks to the left and ascends the slope via several more switchbacks. You’ll have occasional views of the beautiful forest on the north slopes of Elden Mountain. The climb ends abruptly when the trail emerges into Oldham Park, an alpine meadow on the summit ridge of the mountain.

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"A hike through cool Douglas-fir forest that climbs the west slopes of Elden Mountain to an alpine meadow and a viewpoint overlooking volcanic peaks and the Painted Desert. The trail, which is not shown on the topographic map, starts up a northwest-facing canyon through a cool, dense Douglas-fir and quaking aspen forest.

Soon it switchbacks to the left and ascends the slope via several more switchbacks. You’ll have occasional views of the beautiful forest on the north slopes of Elden Mountain. The climb ends abruptly when the trail emerges into Oldham Park, an alpine meadow on the summit ridge of the mountain."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 1,070 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,900 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sunset Crater West; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Oldham Trail

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May 2018