|when||Trip Report : June 15, 2014|
This exploratory hike uses portions of five different trails to form a loop
and scale Mount Elden, which provides fabulous views of Flagstaff 2,300 feet
below, the San Francisco Mountains, and northern AZ. A fire watch tower at
the summit is usually open in summer and offers the greatest views of all.
The lower areas have tree cover but this disappears with altitude, revealing a staircase of petrified lava. An area near the summit was devastated by a huge wildfire in 1977, showing just how much destruction can result from a single campfire left out of control. But the same area also shows how much recovery is possible in 37 years.
Overall, the hike will include the following trail segments:
For a basic map, click here.
After the hike we'll head into Flagstaff for some food and relaxation before driving home. If anyone wants to skip the recuperation, they should only carpool with others who want the same.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||2530 feet elevation change|
|elevations||6874' (Elden Trailhead) to 9272' (Mt. Elden)|
|on trail||100% — Fat Man's Loop, Christmas Tree, Heart, Sunset, and Elden Lookout trails|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
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.
We can also pick up hikers at Camp Verde, Target in Flagstaff, or the trailhead.
To arrange this, please mention it when you sign up.
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