Walker Lake

Flagstaff, Arizona 86015

Walker Lake

Walker Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A short hike to a lake in a volcanic crater, near San Francisco Mountain. The views of Humphreys Peak, the highest of San Francisco Mountain, are great from the northwest side of the lake and even better if you climb up the slope through the old burn."

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"A short hike to a lake in a volcanic crater near the San Francisco Peaks. Walker Lake is fullest in late spring after a snowy winter. In late summer it is little more than a marsh. Considering how porous this volcanic area is, it's surprising that the runoff from the small watershed formed by the crater is enough to form even a small pond.

It is worthwhile to walk around the lake. A man-caused forest fire burned the now-barren north slope of the crater. The fire started near the lake, and high winds swept it up over the rim, where it traveled another 5 miles before being contained by firefighters. A larger fire in 1996 burned much of the area again. The views of Humphreys Peak, the highest of the San Francisco Peaks, are great from the northwest side of the lake, and even better if you climb up the slope through the old burn."

"Once your dog is watered and leashed—pack in additional water since the lake may be dry—you are ready for a short climb and some fun exploring a forest oasis made by the remnant of an ancient cinder cone.

You and your pooch begin by walking uphill on the old jeep road, now a wide path. The grade is gentle here, but constant, and the trail is a comfortable blend of compacted soil, pine duff, and cinder. Your way is partially shaded by a fairly thick forest of ponderosa pines and livened up here and there by stands of aspens, which glow red in the fall."

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Trail Information

Flagstaff
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1
Distance
140 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Best summer through fall
Season
8,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,340 feet
Top Elevation
Peaks Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS White Horse Hills; Coconino National Forest map
Local Maps