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This hike would be a good hike for people with families or anyone that wants to learn more about the area. I did the 0.25-mile loop, which is paved. However, there is an option to extend your hike on a longer loop that is not paved and adds on one and a half miles that are said to be gentle.
On the 0.25 mile portion, you will see plenty of signs describing nature in the area. They help you watch and listen for wildlife you may not see otherwise. It is an excellent introductory to wildlife viewing. There is also some history mixed in with a sign dedicated to Kendrick's Peak, which is visible on the trail. This trail is a good stretch for the legs and a pleasant educational experience in the forest. Very good for anyone who would like to see the forest and wildlife but may have health issues or recovering from injuries.
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Coconino FS Details
This trail bridges the habitats of forest and grassland making it an ideal location to encounter residents of both places.
Wildlife lives here. You may experience the presence of a wide variety of birds, insects, and animal life on this unique trail.
Some of the wildlife you may see are Steller's jay, northern flicker, pygmy nuthatch, hairy woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, mule deer, porcupine, pronghorn antelope, elk, Abert's squirrel, badger, and coyote.
Watch for animal tracks, scat, burrows and nests, traces of fur or feathers, and other signs that wildlife use this area. You will also see evidence of human impact on the environment.
The local animal life, forest and grassland vegetation, wildfire occurrences, historic presence of man, and many other stories are interpreted for you along the way. There are tremendous views of the San Francisco Peaks, Kendrick Mountain, and Kendrick Park.
The Trails: There are two trails located at this site. A short loop is paved to allow wheelchair access. A longer loop is 4 feet wide with native surface and is located on flat terrain-- it is an easy hike. Both trails provide an educational interpretive experience.
Length: Short-Loop 1/4 mile -- paved for wheelchair access. Longer Loop one and one-half miles.
Hiking Time: Short Loop: 20 min., Longer loop: 1 hour