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Little America Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff SE
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,859 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 440 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.1
Interest Perennial Creek
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9  2014-10-21 AZWanderingBear
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Author AZWanderingBear
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 62
Photos 2,620
Trips 700 map ( 4,689 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:10am - 6:32pm
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Pines, Squirrels, and Lava Rocks
by AZWanderingBear

Likely In-Season!
This little hike is on the grounds of the Little America hotel. It provides an opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy a pine forest, likely some squirrels, and lava rocks.

The trail begins just east of the pool. Signs along the well graded and graveled path informs the hiker that he or she is traveling through a pine forest that was part of a fire in 2010. Almost no signs of the fire remain, indeed the area looks much like a park. Expect to see Abert's Squirrels along the trail. They are medium sized, have cute little tufted ears and feed exclusively on the Ponderosa Pines along the trail.

The trail offers 2 loops. The A loop is approximately 1.65 miles. If you combine both loops into a figure 8 the total distance is almost 3 miles with a total elevation change of 440 feet. The western leg of the A loop runs along and just below an ancient lava flow. The southern intersections of the loops provide a nice vantage point for the Rio de Flag, a small stream that runs through Flagstaff. Deer are often spotted in the mornings or evenings grazing in the riparian area.

You will hear traffic noise from the nearby I-40, but it is easy to forget you are this close to the city as you stroll this pleasant little trail.

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2014-10-22 AZWanderingBear
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Little America Trail
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    On this day, Father's Day and the last day of my 59th year, I hoped to make an attempt at Humphrey Peak. Alas, my family, the elements and even an Uber ride all conspired against me. I settled for a walk around some trails near the hotel. My mood soon brightened as I strolled through the pines. I came upon an open meadow and was greeted with the sound of coyotes announcing my presence. As I looked in their direction, I spotted 8-10 elk grazing in the distance. Soon after I came upon 5 mule deer grazing a mere 100 feet away, paying no heed that I had stopped to watch them. Beautiful.

    I headed back to the hotel, woke up my wife and son, and went out for breakfast. By now I was quite happy that I wasn't slogging up a steep mountain under a warm sun with smoke from the Kendrick fire possibly choking the air. Maybe next time.

    Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!
    Little America Trail
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    My wife and I are celebrating a milestone tomorrow, so we took a couple of days off and came to one of our fave destinations: Little America in Flagstaff. After Checking out the downtown area for a couple of hours, we came back to the hotel and hit a portion of the quaint nature trail that runs along the east side of the hotel. It was gorgeous out.
    Little America Trail
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    Enjoying a few days hiking around Flagstaff. We used Little America as a base camp. Yesterday was a butt kicker hike in the Inner Basin. So today was sort of a rest day, so a drive out to Grand Falls, and some downtown shopping at Babbitt's. Needed to stretch the legs a little late in the day to finish driving out the stiffness. The Little America trail was right out the back door of our room and thus perfect.

    One of the signs along the trail mentions it is all about pines, squirrels and lava rock. That's true and you get serenaded by the rumble of traffic on nearby I-40. But is easy to forget how close you are to the city with Albert's squirrels running across the trail, wind in the pines and even a glimpse at a nice little riparian area. Was a nice leg stretcher.

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    Little America Trail
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    Just a casual walk around the extended loop with my daughter Emma. Viewed quite a bit of wildlife including, lizards, ravens, hawks, bluebirds, rabbits, prairie dogs and squirrels. The forest is not as thick as it used to be after a fire ripped through this area, but the property has been cleaned up well. Not a lot of signs of burnt trees. A few log and brush piles here and there.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Flagstaff go east on I-40 and take 198. Turn east onto Butler Ave and then into the Little America parking lot. The trail begins near the swimming pool.
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