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Little Gnarly to Lost Burrito, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,085 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.53
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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Author hippiepunkpirate
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
Photos 2,877
Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 35 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:31pm
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Little Bo Peep
by hippiepunkpirate

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Although no signage actually bears its name, Little Gnarly was lovingly christened by the local mountain bikers who use it to form a popular biking loop in conjunction with portions of the Rocky Ridge, Schultz Creek and Brookbank Trails. For hikers, the Little Gnarly can be used as an excellent route to the beautiful meadows within the Dry Lake Hills interior. Lost Burrito is the access route to the meadows of the dry lake. The name "Lost Burrito" has some mountain biking legend behind it, but not being much of a mountain biker myself, I can't give a real good tale about it. Much of the Little Gnarly and Lost Burrito are two-track forest service jeep trails that are now closed to motor vehicles.

The Schultz Loop (formed by a portion of Schultz Creek Trail on the north, portion of Little Gnarly on the west, and an access trail from the Sunset Trailhead on the east) is the 1.6-mile triangle that is actually shown on the signage for the area. We are not really interested in the Schultz Loop itself, but the eastern access trail, which connects the trailhead to Little Gnarly.

Note: You will be hiking in prime mountain biking territory. Single-track side trails and shortcuts branch off in all sorts of directions. It is very easy to lose your way so some instinctual route finding is necessary. I recommend hiking this trail when the grass is green and the wildflowers are in bloom (spring snowmelt or monsoon season) so if you happen to take off on a random sidetrail, at least you can enjoy a nice stroll through the forest!

My Recommended Hike: From the Sunset Trailhead you will notice the Sunset Trail rambling off into the forest to the east and the Schultz Creek Trail going the opposite direction. For the route we are looking for, head south on Schultz Loop. A few hundred feet ahead is a gate, which you will pass through. An unmarked trail will soon show itself, but bear right as indicated by the "Trail" marker. This unmarked trail leads to a interconnecting series of mountain biking trails and is quite interesting to explore, but I recommend familiarizing yourself with the area first. Anyway, pass the unmarked trail and soon you will come across the junction with the Little Gnarly. Continue south on Little Gnarly and the many large rocks dominating the trail will give light onto why mountain bikers call this Little Gnarly.

1.6 miles into the hike is a fenced-in pond with the meadows of the Dry Lake Hills beyond. Here lies an unsigned fork in the road. Should you bear left, Little Gnarly continues for .4 miles until it ends at the Brookbank. Explore this option later. Bear right on the unmarked trail, the Lost Burrito. After just a few steps is ANOTHER unmarked fork. Bear left to follow the two-track trail along the fence for easier route finding. On your left you will notice a gate in the fence where you can check out the pond. Yet another crossroads in the middle of the meadow. Follow the trail that veers just left of a lone dying pine tree. If you come around noon, this tree will cast shade on nearby boulders and is a great place to relax and enjoy the meadow. Continue down the trail to yet another unmarked fork. To bear right would continue down the Lost Burrito farther into the Dry Lake Hills, but I recommend bearing left and continuing up back into the forest and out to a great rocky viewpoint that looks down upon McMillan Mesa and East Flagstaff.

The distance listed is for this specific route out the the viewpoint and back to the trailhead, but the numerous other sidetrail journeys could add miles to the hike, not to mention creating loops with the Brookbank, Schultz Creek and Sunset trails. I met a guy at the viewpoint who had hiked from Buffalo Park up the Oldham to the Brookbank and then up the Lost Burrito to where we met. That option is about 10 miles round trip with about 1,400 feet of average elevation gain. These trails are not show on the map from the Forest Service website, so I will try to get a good map up soon.

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2008-06-24 hippiepunkpirate

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking 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.
    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 Schultz Trailhead
    Location: 7 miles north of Flagstaff on graveled Forest Roads.

    Access: Drive north out of Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Drive 6 miles east on FR 420 to the trailhead at a parking lot on the south side of the road.

    Road Condition: FR 420 is graveled and suitable for passenger cars except during winter when it is closed because of snowpack.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 158 mi - about 2 hours 35 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 263 mi - about 4 hours 5 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 10.1 mi - about 24 mins
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