Beale Wagon Road - East of Flagstaff
9 hiking trails
La Posada Hotel in Winslow AZ as base camp
With Jack Beale Smith's "A Guide to the Beale Wagon Road through the Coconino National Forest"
and Tom Jonas' weblinks (http://www.southwestexplorations.com
) serving as our primary route references we made our way to the HAZ trail head at the intersection of Linda Vista Drive and 4th Street in Flagstaff.
The old wagon road lies beneath Linda Vista Drive as we head east towards the junction with Route 66. The wagon road route now parallels Route 66 and the BNSF rail line as it exits Flagstaff.
Where Route 66 connects with I-40 at Walnut Canyon Road, the wagon road route follows the rail line on the south side of Turkey Hills and drops into Wildcat Canyon. There are Forest Roads within the vicinity of the old wagon road, but we chose to take a direct route along I-40 to the Cosnino Road exit.
We pick up the old wagon road route near the intersection of Cosnino Road and County Road 394 as it continues along Wildcat Canyon and the San Francisco Wash through private lands. Heading west along County Road 394 to Leupp Road, the old wagon road roughly parallels Leupp Road all the way to the Little Colorado River.
One historic stop along Leupp Road includes the Cosnino Caves and Turkey Tanks near the junction of Walnut Creek and San Francisco Wash. Reference Cosnino Caves per http://www.tomjonas.com/swex/cosnino2.htm
We unsuccessfully search for Register Rock near the confluence of the Little Colorado River and Canyon Diablo at the village of Sunrise. Reference Register Rock per http://www.tomjonas.com/swex/registerrock.htm
and Canyon Diablo per http://www.tomjonas.com/swex/canyondiablo.htm
We follow Hwy 99 from Sunrise to I-40 just west of Winslow. At Winslow, we make our base camp at La Posada Hotel prior to heading further west to the Petrified Forest National Park. I'm told that the Beale Wagon Road lies beneath Route 66 as it traverses the National Park.
We didn't have time to locate Navajo Springs east of PEFO. Reference http://www.southwestexplorations.com/wherenavspring.htm
For the record, the 9 hiking trails include...
1. Beale Wagon Road
2. Homolovi (Sunset crossing)
3. Onyx Bridge
4. Rainbow Forest
5. Painted Desert
6. Hopi Three Mesas
7. Coal Mine Canyon
8. Rock Art Ranch
9. Chevelon Canyon