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Old Caves Crater - Landfill Road TH, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,687 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
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10  2009-05-13 hippiepunkpirate
Author hippiepunkpirate
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
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Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 35 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:32am - 7:33pm
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Cave Hill's Backside
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Like the more popular route via the Silver Saddle TH, this hike won't likely appeal to many beyond the local Flagstaffians. However, it should be considered as a no-cost alternative if you are too stingy to pay the entrance fee to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The scenery is similar, although not as amazing as the Bonito Lava Flow and such areas. For the locals, it adds variety to the local catalog of hikes. The Landfill TH seems less utilizing than the Silver Saddle TH, so parking may be easier to find during peak hours of use. By the way, Old Caves Crater is referred to as "Cave Hill" by most who live in the nearby Doney Park area.

To reach the trail up to the summit, you'll need to follow a leg of the loop trail that surrounds Cave Hill. From the trailhead, a short section connects to the loop, but first intersecting with pipeline access road. A signed junction soon indicates the loop trail, and the route to the summit. Signs guide you as social trails criss-cross. Sections of loose sand make the relatively flat terrain a little more challenging. The trail to the summit will soon take off, and it has some steepness to it. Views, of the Peaks, Mount Elden, Sunset Crater and O'Leary Peak arise as you ascend. You will probably pass the summit without realizing it. The stats above indicate an out and back to the summit. You might want to explore the caves, which requires descending a little ways down the other side. It is possible to do a loop up and over, and then back to the car via either the east or west sections of the circumference loop. Up, over and back via the east section is 3.3 miles. Up, over and back via the west section is a longer 4.2 miles.

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2009-05-13 hippiepunkpirate
    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 the Flagstaff Mall, drive north on Highway 89. After approximately 4 miles, turn right onto Landfill Road. Signs will indicate "Cinder Lakes Landfill". Landfill Road will make a sharp left turn, a sharp right turn, and another slightly sharp turn. The trailhead will appear on the right.
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