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Upper Oldham Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NE
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,898 feet
Elevation Gain 970 feet
Accumulated Gain 970 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.73
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7  2019-07-02
Elden Lookout Trail #4
9  2018-09-29
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop
9  2018-09-29
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop
27  2018-08-25
Sunset Trail #23 - Flagstaff
14  2016-09-24
Mount Elden - Dry Lake Hills Loop
12  2015-10-03
Elden Super Loop
2  2015-10-03
Elden Super Loop
5  2014-06-21
Sunset Trail #23 - Flagstaff
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2014 Notice: This trail was combined with the Oldham Trail years ago. There really isn't a separate "Upper" trail anymore. Nevertheless you are welcome to post to this page.

A hike through cool Douglas-fir forest that climbs the west slopes of Elden Mountain to an alpine meadow and a viewpoint overlooking volcanic peaks and the Painted Desert. The trail, which is not shown on the topographic map, starts up a northwest-facing canyon through a cool, dense Douglas-fir and quaking aspen forest. Soon it switchbacks to the left and ascends the slope via several more switchbacks. You’ll have occasional views of the beautiful forest on the north slopes of Elden Mountain. The climb ends abruptly when the trail emerges into Oldham Park, an alpine meadow on the summit ridge of the mountain

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Upper Oldham Trail
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    Mount Elden - Dry Lake Hills Loop
    This is one of our go to hikes now for color.
    This seems to be the correct week for this one based on our previous 2 trips here.

    We hit the Elden Lookout Trail #4 at about 8am and started the more than 2400' climb to the Lookout. Once you hit the saddle where the Sunset Trail ends, the Aspens were all aglow. There are nice tunnels of Aspens leading you up to the Lookout. This is the first time the Lookout was open while I was up there and I took legal advantage of going up into the tower. The gentleman manning the tower said he would pack it up Tuesday the 27th for the season.

    A short road walk on the Lookout Road and we rejoined the Sunset Trail #23. Golden views back to Elden Mountain to the SE and other Aspen stands to the West are.... Nice... This is an enjoyable trail that takes you through Sunset Park, stands of Aspen and then lower to old growth conifer and some grassy areas.

    We had never done the the upper portion of the Brookbank Trail #2 before. It will be in the rotation, as it was quite enjoyable. Mostly tall Ponderosa and smooth trail.

    Once out to the Little Gnarly Trail, we headed westish across another new section for us, Dry Lake Hills. We took this to it's drop to the Rocky Ridge Trail #153.

    The Rocky Ridge Trail #153, is a pleasant roller coaster through mixed conifer and deciduous.

    The 1600' climb back to the top, starts in earnest on the Oldham Trail #1 and then Upper Oldham Trail. A steady climb at first and then gets steeper by the switchbacks approaching Oldham Park.

    It was nice to be at the top again on the Sunset Trail, albeit a tad cold. We changed plans on our return to the truck to attempt get a good sun setting on the Aspen section of the Sunset trail. We missed prime light by 20 minutes or so. But, were able to catch a bit of golden light on the Eastern end.

    All in all a nice new version of this loop.

    On the upper portions of the Elden Lookout Trail, above the Sunset Trail the Aspens were almost completely prime yellow. The Sunset Trail also was popping yellow!
    Upper Oldham Trail
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    Elden Super Loop
    Bruce and I did "the" Elden Super Loop three years ago and really enjoyed it. Today we did a "sorta super" loop with CHUMS and Dave. Left out was the filet portion of Fatmans Loop Trail #25. Which any Elden Super Loop fanatic knows as the icing on this cake.

    Check out my 2012 triplog for individual trail segment reviews.

    Heading up Elden we found ourselves constantly passed by an Aravaipa Running event. For a good mile our attention was devoted to keeping an eye on approaching runners. They were all friendly and Bruce needed the mini breaks on the steep incline so it all worked out.

    This hike was very nice simply due to the weather and company.

    Carried 4 quarts, consumed about 1.7

    Timing is prime. It's just that we have seen it more spectacular in the past. We didn't receive a hard freeze that I know of so it's more likely dependant on the moisture pattern this year. The leaves have the pitted burnt look for reference.
    Upper Oldham Trail
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    Elden Super Loop
    Perfect weather for this one.

    We hit the normal light flow of hikers while leaving the TH, but once we hit the intersection with Fat Mat's Loop, traffic got real heavy. Little did we know we'd timed our trip to Mount Elden, with Arrivipa Running groups "Sky Race" that features a 39K and 55K Race.

    As we were hiking up the Mt Elden Trail, we were passed by HikeArizona's own Frick Naley, who was running the 39K race. :app:

    The besterest of the yellow Aspens we saw were on the short climb from the Sunset Trail intersection to the Fire Tower.

    A road walk from the tower to regain the Sunset trail and we made our way over to Schultz tank. The water here looked pretty darn good.

    Up Little Gnarly, past the Dry Lakes Hill Tank, we made our way downhill to hit the Oldham Trail. This one has a steady climb back up to the Sunset Trail.

    From here it was mainly downhill back to the truck.

    This is a great sampler hike for what the City of Flagstaff has to offer in Hiking and outdoor activities!

    A great day in the cool weather of Flagstaff, finished off with Pizza at NiMarco's. :DANCE:
    Upper Oldham Trail
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    Quick loop hike in the Dry Lake Hills. Drove up the Mount Elden Road and parked at the Sunset/Upper Oldham junction. I read that the road was closed at the Rocky Ridge Trail junction but there was no barricade so I just kept going up. Road conditions were really good. The highlight of this short hike was crossing paths with a large black bear off the Sunset Trail between the Heart and Little Bear junction. He crossed the trail not 75 yards in front of us and appeared he didn't even notice us (or we didn't cause any alarm in his/her mind). As we were watching, another hiker and his dog came up from behind us to join in on the viewing. As the bear went out of view we started to chat about the experience and how rare seeing a bear in this area must be, lucky us. The bear must have now heard us and circled back and popped it's head up over a fallen log to see what was going on, ears perked and its full attention directed at us. After elevating our voices the bear quickly darted away disappearing into the trees. Great hike!
    Upper Oldham Trail
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    I did this trip with my two kids, ages 13 and 10. We drove past the trail head at first and ended up at the top of Mount Elden. The hike feels pretty steep to us with lots of rocky spots. We did not hike all the way to the top :( as we ran out of time since we missed the trail head.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    From Flagstaff, take US180 West/Fort Valley Road to Shultz Pass Road (2.6 miles). Turn right on Shultz Pass Road, then take the right fork to get onto Elden Lookout Road. The TH is 0.7 miles from the point that the road turns from a paved to a dirt road. There is a small parking area on the left. The trail head has a small sign that can be seen from the road.
    page created by dragonriderkate on Jun 17 2014 5:14 pm
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