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Kendrick Peak Day Hike
Flagstaff
September 8, 2018
by Janet Burke
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by Jim Buyens
group
front:  Heather, Lin, Rudy, Chris, Li, Mohammed, Janet
back: Michelle, Jim, Kim, Mark, Tom, Rhonda, Terry, Michael

Eighteen Trailblazers embarked on Kendrick Mountain trail at approximately 10 AM with beautiful, cool clear weather. We were greeted with vibrant wildflowers, the bluest of skies, fluffy cumulus clouds, and endless switchbacks, where we paused several times to catch our breath and take in amazing views.

hikers
What a great day for hiking!
hikers
Rhonda and Chris at the cabin.

Kendrick is a challenging hike due to elevation gain and is one of the highest peaks in Arizona. Before reaching the summit, we stopped to admire and take advantage of photo opportunities at the old Lookout Cabin, built in the early 1900s.

cabin
Lookout Cabin
hikers
What a great day for hiking!
hikers
Let’s celebrate!

From there, it was a quick hike up to the summit at 10,418 feet where we were rewarded with amazing views of the Grand Canyon and San Francisco Peaks valley. Several hikers enjoyed a tour of the fire lookout tower and engaged in conversation with Ranger Emmanuel.

peaks
Humphrey’s Peak and Agassiz Peak
pad
Helipad at the top.

It felt like an easy hike back down. We enjoyed some beverages and headed into town to enjoy dinner at Pato Thai food. Thanks to everyone who joined in to make this a beautiful day of hiking and friendship.

flowers
Summer wildflowers brighten the trail.
meal
Enjoying dinner at Pato Thai Food after a successful hike.

Next time—Pumpkin Trail and a key exchange?

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updated September 16, 2018