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Walker Lake Showshoe Trails, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,890 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.25
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Aug → Any
Seasons   Winter to Winter
Sun  7:03am - 5:20pm
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Snowshoe trails where you can see the Peaks!
by PaleoRob

Walker Lake Snowshoe Trails are a collection of interlocking loops to the west and southwest of the Walker Lake parking area, often known as the Watchable Wildlife Area, a popular stop for tourists during the summer on their way from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. During the winter, however, the Forest Service grades several dozen miles of interconnecting snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe trails west of the Fort Valley Highway. These range from Wing Mountain in the south to Walker Lake in the north. Snowmobilers can easily cover the entire trail system, while skiers and snowshoers usually can only cover a smaller section of the trails.


The parking area at Walker Lake is usually plowed regularly, and is often crowded with snowmobile trailers, vans with families sledding, and other winter recreationists. There are restrooms at the trailhead, but no water fountain so bring your own or plan on melting snow. It is also a good idea before heading out on a trek to pick up a map of the Walker Lake trails from the Forest Service office on the east side of town. While not the best representation of the area, it can give you some idea about where the trails head to. Some head basically due west towards Kendrick Peak, while others head south to connect with the Wing Mountain trails. The snowmobile trails are generally well traveled, but I don't recommend walking or skiing on them, even if it is easier, for the simple reason it would be very easy to end up getting hit. The snowshoe trails are less traveled, but we were able to locate several leading away from the parking area. As long as there is enough snow, you can basically go where you like - not too much worry about damaging sensitive soils or any such thing if you're snowshoeing or skiing.

You can loop around back to the parking area when you reach your point of return via another route, or simply retrace your steps. As long as it is not snowing it is hard to get lost, since you can always follow your own tracks back how you came.

I would not recommend this trail for dogs, even though they are allowed, because of the presence of snowmobiles and the possibility of them sinking into deeper drifts of snow.

PaleoRob
    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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    From downtown Flagstaff take Fort Valley Road north out of town, past the Snowbowl turn off. Follow the highway until you reach a signed turn out on the left, labeled "Watchable Wildlife Area", just before crossing a large meadow. Park your vehicle in this parking area, do not block the entrance. Do not park along the highway - it is very narrow without shoulders during the winter. There is overflow parking to the south on the east side of the road if the parking area is full.
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