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Kendrick Peak Trail #22, AZ
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 Flagstaff - Northwest
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,700 feet
Elevation Gain 2,639 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 22.2
Interest Peak
Author ck_1
Descriptions 9
Routes 0
Photos 120
Trips 117 map ( 396 miles )
Age 43
Location Mesa, AZ
Viewed All Mine Following
10  2016-05-28
Kendrick-Pumpkin loop
11  2016-04-16 chumley
10  2015-10-02 Tough_Boots
10  2015-10-01 azbackpackr
5  2015-09-07 charlieaz
7  2015-09-06 hikerchica
9  2015-08-22 hikerchica
5  2015-08-21
Pumpkin-Bull Basin Loop
46  2015-07-27 jackiQ
50  2015-07-26 JasonCleghorn
25  2015-07-12 Lucyan
28  2015-06-27 cw50must
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Forest Kaibab
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:16am - 7:46pm
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Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
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2.8  Connector Trail #80
3.0  Pumpkin Trail #39
3.5  Crater Lake
3.6  Lava River Tube
3.6  Bull Basin Trail #40
4.3  Wild Bill Hill
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     Fire Lookout Structures
     Informational/Interpretive Tra
     Osborne Fire Finder
     Reference Mark
     Summit Register Log
     Wooden Dwelling
     Clark's Nutcracker
     Dotted Roadside-Skipper
     Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
     Greater Short-Horned Lizard
   Green Hairstreak Butterfly
     Horned Lizard
     Ladybug beetle
     Nais Metalmark
     Northern Flicker
     Red Tachinid Fly
     Satyr Comma
     Spring Azure Butterfly
     Weidemeyer's Admiral Butterfly
     American Vetch
     Arizona Fescue
   Arizona Pea
     Arizona Rose*
     Bracken Fern
     Butterfly Weed
     Common Mullein
     Deers Ears
     Engelmann Spruce
     Fly Agaric Mushroom
     Golden-Beard Penstemon
     Indian Paintbrush
     Purple Loco
     Quaking Aspen*
     Rocky Mountain Iris
     Silverstem Lupine
     Sticky Jacob's ladder
     Tansyleaf Spine Aster
     Tufted Evening Primrose
     Wright's Bluets
Wildflowers best
July - September
* Autumn Color possible
A forested mountain hike
by ck_1

The Kendrick Mountain Wilderness straddles the boarders of the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests. Located within the wilderness is its namesake, Kendrick Mountain. One of the larger volcanoes in the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field, Kendrick Mountain reaches a height of 10, 418 feet. Driving north from Flagstaff on 180 Kendrick is the predominant mountain on the left, or west, side of the highway. The telltale sign of a volcano, the two peaks, characterizes it.

The forest itself is comprised of ponderosa pine, aspen, oak, fir, and spruce trees and is home to Mexican spotted owls, mule deer, elk and black bear. My experience in the Kendrick Wilderness has resulted in spotting a hawk, and the ever-elusive cow. There are a lot of cows in the area. If you have any fear of cows, stay way. Seriously, lots of cows. And cow turds. Lots of cow turds. Which my dog seems to like. I didn't like that part too much.

The trailhead has tons of parking and even a few pit toilets. It is also a stop on some kind of car tour, so on nice weekends, there could be a lot of traffic. The trail starts off as an old logging road, and although gentle at first, goes up the whole way. You'll start hiking in a northerly direction and will pass East Newman Hill off to the left. The trail is very wooded, so views of the actual summit are sparse. The trail itself is soft, littered with pinecones. This is a sweet hike! First off, it has a few HUGE switchbacks! These are really long switchbacks... reminded me of Colorado. And although you are always gaining elevation, it's not what I'd call a tough hike. Sure, you're going to gain almost 3000 feet in elevation, but it's entirely a walk up, no scrambling required. The trail is very similar to Humphrey's Peak below the saddle. Eventually, the trail narrows to single track and you enter an area of the forest that is recovering from fire. Pat captured this area so well with the digital that it's currently our desktop wallpaper. The only word I could think of to describe the area was "haunting". You can look at where the trees burned, and see how the fire focused on one side, working it's way up the ridge. It was kind of scary to think of being in the area during the fire, you would have had to choose which side of the ravine to run up, left or right, if you'd guessed the right, you'd have been fine. Had you chosen left, the fire would have caught you. Standing there, thinking about that, made me feel small. The easy to follow trail continues to switchback its way up the mountain. Gradually, the switchbacks become shorter in length and you can feel yourself making progress.

Although all the views were enjoyable, they were primarily of the volcano field to the west. It's not until you reach a saddle of sorts, more of just an open flat area, that you are graced with easterly views of the San Francisco Peaks, most notably, Humphrey's Peak. It is at this same clearing that you come upon the Old Lookout Cabin. This structure was built around 1911-12 and was the lodging for the fire lookout stationed atop Kendrick Mountain. It's quite picturesque, and still functional. The door is secured with a common eye bolt and hook, which, when opened, reveals a tidy cabin containing a spring bed, a spring bunk bed, and some camping supplies inside a small storage chest. I couldn't help but think of how perfect a site the area would be for backpacking. This clearing offers access to another trail, heading back down the mountain, so make sure when continuing on that you remain headed toward the summit, which would be off to the west.

From the clearing, it's a short .3-mile hike to the summit. This section is rocky and steep. In fact, it's the steepest section of the hike. You'll reach the summit and approach the modern fire lookout, which rests atop Kendrick Mountain. Continue to the flat concrete pad just past the lookout. This is really the only area to hang out on the summit; the lookout takes up most of the available space. On the day we summited, we were able to see the smoke form a nearby forest fire, it created a dull haze throughout the area. Although the person manning the lookout was visible, he didn't offer us a tour, and we thought it best not to ask. As it was a Saturday, we figured he had already been bothered enough. The fire lookout on top of Kendrick is unique in that it is the only lookout in Arizona without an access road. (Note: some access roads have been decommissioned) The person working the tower has to follow the same trail we did to get to work. Heck of a commute. Knowing this ahead of time, we contemplated taking along a few beverages and snacks to leave for the lookout worker, however, we weren't sure how that would be received, so we opted against it. I couldn't get over the sense of seclusion one must feel working that fire lookout. Especially considering that you don't even have a truck nearby. I would think it would be quite a different experience than working a lookout you can drive to.

The actual length of the trail is arguable. The forest service says it's 4 miles one-way. AZ2020 claims it's 7 miles round trip. Another source reports 4.6 miles one way. I would say it's closer to 8 miles round trip. I would also call it a moderate hike. It does go up, but it's not a tough up. This is a truly enjoyable hike; just remember to make sure you are prepared for sudden weather changes, and lots of cows. And as always, make sure you...
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Kaibab FS Reports

This is a hike to one of the highest vistas in northern Arizona. From Kendrick's 10,418 foot summit, you can see the Grand Canyon to the north and Oak Creek Canyon to the south. In addition to the impressive scenery, it's a good place to see wildlife, especially elk and mule deer. The trail starts in the ponderosa pines and climbs into the mixed conifer forests of Douglas fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce and corkbark fir within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. Note that there are no reliable springs along the trail and no water at the top of the mountain.

Just below the mountain's summit, you'll see an old cabin. This is the old lookout cabin, built in the early 1900s and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Trail Layout: After about 1/2 mile of trail, this route up Kendrick Mountain follows an old fire road for about one mile. From this point the trail becomes a foot path again and is well marked and gently sloped. Almost all of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness.

Length: 4 miles

Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.

Rating: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7700 feet. An accessible vault toilet is available here. Trail starts at the parking area along FR 190.

Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.

Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes. Hiking and horseback riding only.

USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike

Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Parks Exit (#178). Turn left back across the overpass, turn left at the "T" intersection, then turn right onto FR 141 and continue north for about 8 miles; continue north on FR 194 for about 4.5 miles to FR 171. Turn right onto FR 171 and go 2 miles to FR 190; turn left onto FR 190 and go 1 mile to the parking area.

ck1: Drive about 14 miles north of Flagstaff on 180 to milepost 230. Forest Road 245 is off to the left. Follow it 3 miles to Forest Road 171. Hang a right and go another 3 miles to the turnoff for the trailhead. The roads are signed well and accessible for cars.

From Flagstaff, take Hwy 180 North to FR 193, about 10 miles north of the turnoff to the Arizona Snow Bowl; turn left on FR 193 and continue to FR 171. Turn right on FR 171 and go 2 miles to FR 190; turn right on FR 190 and go 1 mile to the parking area.

Travel Time: About 1 hour from Williams to the trailhead.

Road Condition: Paved road and all-weather gravelled road suitable for passenger cars.

Directions by Unvamp:
From Flagstaff take US180 towards the Grand Canyon. Turn left on FR145. Follow it back to FS171 and take a right. From 171 turn right on 171a and that road will lead you to the Kendrick Trail. Stay on 171 and you will get to the Pumpkin trail.

The other way:
From Flagstaff take I-40 west to exit 185 at Bellemont. Drive west along the north service road to FS 171. Turn right and follow FS 171, 11 miles (viatierra writes: maybe 2 miles and can't be missed) to 171A. Turn right on 171A and follow the road to the trailhead.
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