The Pumpkin Trail offers the visitor a long hike from a valley of pine and junipers up through mountain meadows and forests of
mixed conifer, aspen and fir to the summit of Kendrick Peak. All of the hike is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The
upper three quarters of it follow the alignment of an old sheepherder route used up to 40 years ago. The remains of an old
sheepherder's cabin still stands alongside the trail about 1/4 mile below the lookout tower. Note that there are no reliable
springs along the trail and no water at the top of the mountain.
Trail Layout: Initially, this trail follows an old road then rises along a steep canyon. After passing through
a gate, the trail ascends a ridge, gradually turning southeast. From here to the top of Kendrick
Mountain, the trail follows a ridge through meadows, aspen and conifer stands. Rock cairns often show the way. All of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. It is possible to link up
with the Bull Basin Trail via the Connector Trail for an 11 mile hike.
Length: 5.5 miles one-way
Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.
Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7260 feet. Trail starts at the parking area off Forest Road 154.
Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.
Use Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized vehicles (e.g., mountain bikes). Hiking and horseback riding only.
USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick
This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example