Starting from the Pumpkin Trailhead on the west side of Kendrick Peak, this loop with a short cherry stem uses the lesser-used Pumpkin Trail, the Connector Trail, the Bull Basin Trail, and the Pumpkin Trail to complete a loop over the top of 10,418-foot Kendrick Peak, one of many volcanic peaks on the Coconino Plateau. Highlights include cool pine-fir-aspen forests and 100-mile views.
A few years ago, most of Kendrick Peak burned in a lightning-caused wildfire. In some areas, all the trees were burned, while in others, the fire burned on the ground and spared the treetops. You’ll be hiking through this mosaic of burned and unburned forest throughout this hike. The elevation gain is somewhat more gradual when you hike clockwise, and you’ll also be facing the views as you descend the upper Pumpkin Trail.
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