Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Dry Lake Hills Day Hike
when Trip Report : July 4, 2015
  Trip Report : June 23, 2007
where Flagstaff
the hike     Join us for a cool hike in the Dry Lake Hills overlooking Flagstaff! We’ll walk the Little Gnarly Trail up to those hills, drop down on the Brookbank Trail and continue west on the Rocky Ridge Trail. Our path over rolling terrain leads through a forest of ponderosa pines interspersed with stunted Gambel oaks and gnarled alligator junipers. There will be cool forests, a short climb up to a pass before we head downhill and continue toward Schultz Creek. See Map.
    This one-way hike begins at Sunset Trailhead west of Schultz Tank. There are places along the trail to observe a variety of wildlife possibly ranging from elk and mule deer to blue grouse and goshawks. Summer wildflowers can be abundant, depending on how much rain Flagstaff gets.
    Parts of this hike are described in Footloose from Phoenix, by Ted Tenny.
distance 6 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +420'-1310' elevation change
elevations 7185' (Schultz Creek) to 8342' (Dry Lake Hills)
type one way
starting at
Sunset Trailhead 35° 17.155' N,  111° 37.884' W  [NAD27]
ending at
Schultz Creek Trailhead 35° 14.681' N,  111° 39.676' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Little Gnarly, Brookbank, Upper Oldham, and Rocky Ridge Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet in
7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
meet in
Let me know if you are meeting us in Flagstaff. Be at the Target parking lot at the corner of Milton and University (just north of I-17) in the corner of the lot next to the traffic light by 9:15 AM.
drive •  Take I-17 north to Flagstaff.
•  Continue north on highway 180 past the Museum of Northern Arizona to Schultz Pass Road.
•  Turn right and go east a half mile on Schultz Pass Road.
•  Turn left and go north on Schultz Pass Road, FR 420.
•  After 0.3 miles turn right on FR 9128Y, go down the hill toward Schultz Creek and drop the leader’s car off. The trailhead is marked with a sign near the creek.
•  Continue north 4.6 miles, up to Sunset Trailhead, where there is a sign for the Sunset Trail. The hike begins here.

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