Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Pumpkin Loop Day Hike

when? Trip Report : June 28, 2014
where? Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Area NW of Flagstaff
the hike     Tired of the heat? If you would like to escape from the blazing inferno we know as the Phoenix area in late June, this just might be the hike you’ve been looking for. Come with us and hike the cool and inviting pine-fir-aspen forests of northern Arizona’s high country. This is an "A" rated lollipop loop hike of 10.4 miles, with 3,380 feet of elevation gain, in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness area northwest of Flagstaff. From the Pumpkin Trailhead on the west side of Kendrick Peak we will hike the Pumpkin Trail, the Connector Trail, the Bull Basin Trail, and the Kendrick Trail to complete a 10.4 mile clockwise loop over the top of 10,418 Kendrick Peak.
    The Pumpkin Trail heads east as it climbs a ridge and links with the Connector Trail after 1.4 miles. We follow the Connector Trail for 1.1 miles until it joins the Bull Basin Trail. From here we begin a steady climb up the head of Bull Basin. Continuing east, we eventually reach a saddle on the north ridge of Kendrick Peak. From the saddle we start heading south and begin a serious climb toward the summit. Three miles from the Connector Trail junction the Bull Basin Trail terminates at the junction with the Kendrick Trail. We turn right at this junction and follow the Kendrick Trail for 0.3 miles to the summit and Kendrick Lookout. We will stop for a lunch break and photo ops at the summit before returning to the trailhead via the 4.5 mile long Pumpkin Trail.
    NOTE: The Bull Basin Trail is difficult to follow in places and due to the Pumpkin Fire there are many fallen trees across the trail, slowing your progress. Make sure you have the Pumpkin Loop GPS track before attempting this loop hike.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 11.2 mile loop
time 7-8 hours
EC +-3,380' elevation gain to Kendrick Peak and back
elevations 7,506' (trailhead) to 10,418' (summit)
type Loop
on trail 100%
rating "A"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet in
6:30 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. We will make carpooling arrangements here.
meet in
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 8:45 AM.
drive From Phoenix, drive north on Interstate 17 to Flagstaff. From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for 17 miles and turn left on Forest Road 193, just past the Nordic Center. Drive 3.2 miles on FR 193 and turn right onto Forest Road 171. Drive 7.8 miles on FR 171 to the Pumpkin Trailhead on the right side of the road. We’ll park and start hiking from here. No restroom facilities at the trailhead, but plenty of tall trees.

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