Kendrick Mountain Trail

Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,490ft
Trailhead Elevation10,418ft
Elevation Min/Max7981/10418ft
Elevation Start/End10418/10418ft

Kendrick Mountain Trail

Kendrick Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Kaibab National Forest and Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Area. It is three miles long and begins at 10,418 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,490 feet. The trail ends near Kendrick Peak (elevation 10,394 feet). This trail connects with the following: Kendrick Peak: Pumpkin Trail.

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"Part of the vast San Francisco Mountain volcanic field extending east and west of Flagstaff, the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, although small, is a favorite among hikers. The heart of the wilderness is Kendrick Mountain, at 10,418 feet the second highest summit in northern Arizona. Three trails of varying degrees of difficulty lead to the top of the mountain. All offer panoramic views of the surrounding volcanic field, of the red rock country of Oak Creek and Sycamore canyons to the south, and of the cliffs of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, more than fifty miles north.

All routes to Kendrick Peak travel through forested terrain. Gambel oak and ponderosa pine at the lower elevations give way to Douglas fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce, and aspen as you approach the summit. Small meadows along the way are lush with ferns and wildflowers in the spring and early summer. In the fall aspen groves within the wilderness and on the upper slopes of the nearby San Francisco Mountains become a palette of vivid yellow tinged here and there with red. This trail guide covers an area with 13.5 miles of trails."

"Capping its small namesake wilderness area, Kendrick Mountain (also known as Kendrick Peak) offers some of the finest views in the northern portion of the state. Of the three different routes that access the summit, the Kendrick Mountain Trail is the most direct and easiest to follow. Although much of this wilderness was devastated by the 14,760-acre Pumpkin Fire in 2000, some portions of this hike were spared a direct hit. Where the ?re did burn more completely, the void in forest cover today opens up to reveal some rather scenic vistas.

For the first .5 mile the route climbs along mostly easy grades. Eventually it takes up an old roadbed, which continues north up a drainage. Along this first half of the hike the mountainside was burned over in a mosaic pattern as bands of tall timber alternate with open areas that today sport a plethora of mullein plants. After reaching a ridge just west of the drainage, the Kendrick Mountain trail then continues to switchback up the south face of Kendrick Mountain. As you climb, you may note a change in vegetation types. Ponderosa pines, which typify the lower elevations, give way to a mix of Douglas fir, white fir, cork-bark fir, and Engelmann spruce."

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Trail Information

Kaibab National Forest
Nearby City
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Kaibab National Forest; Kendrick Peak Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Kendrick Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018