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Gold Digger Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Munds Park SW
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.92 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,340 feet
Elevation Gain 341 feet
Accumulated Gain 467 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.48
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2  2019-04-26
Rogers Trail - Coconino NF
15  2018-09-28
Two Spot Trail
30  2018-09-09
Gold Digger - Two Spot Trails
13  2018-07-07
2 Spot-Gold Digger-Woody Mountain
10  2018-07-07
Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop
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Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Jun
Sun  6:10am - 6:33pm
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Single-track along east side of Woody Mountain Road. Access and loopable via Two-Spot Trail. At the halfway point along the trail, users will encounter Aspen Grove Ramada with rainwater collection feature for birds. This trail is in the process of being signed.

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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Gold Digger Trail
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We are finally back to regular hiking after a long period without. Picked a hike from one of the recents posted on HAZ & decided on something fairly easy since we are both out of hiking shape. Getting out of the valley & up to Flagstaff was a plus in this heat. Rogers lake was full of yellow flowers rather than water, & the view across was pretty. We hiked up Gold Digger Trail & then cut off to a forest road, following the previous hiker’s HAZ route. In the altitude and sun, the road up to Woody Mountain Lookout was somewhat challenging to our current fitness level :(. We climbed the tower and were able to see great views of Humphreys and the surrounding areas including a view of smoke in the distance. Hopefully this was a controlled burn. The hike was closer to 9 miles than 7, and was perfect for our first hike in a long while. The weather was perfect, and the route 60% shaded, but the sunny areas in the altitude were pretty hot. Overall, it was a beautiful day with big pines, a fenced-off Aspen grove and beautiful views. We saw 2 eagles & heard them call to us - most likely this was ‘stay out of here, we are hunting.’ The only other wildlife were a couple of horny toads. Finished off the day with dinner in Flag & a crowded drive back to town.
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Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop
Never gave this area west of the 89A turnoff much thought. Which is practically a suburb of Flagstaff. [ SW of Flagstaff Loop Trail :: map ]

Two Spot Trail
After a quick 0.35 miles up hang a left on Gold Digger Trail.

Scenic Lookout
Interesting 300 foot trail exactly 1 mile up Gold Digger. The lookout is scenic and a military grade bench to boot. More thought and $$ invested than remotely expected.

Aspen Grove Ramada
Odd to stumble upon this modern and well built structure. Woody Mountain road is 315 feet away but there isn't a use trail to connect and that road rarely gets used. Bruce pondered some ol' gold digger club being involved.

Woody Lookout - 1.9 mi RT
Worthy little destination once 1.5 miles up Gold Digger. Once again something isn't kosher in Coconino. Nice modern deadbolted outhouse for the lookout is vented for a burrito club. Whereas Kendrick 18 miles NNW has been stinking for a decade. The western two thirds of Kendrick is Kaibab NF, perhaps that explains.

Two Spot Trail
After an easy 2.4 miles down Gold Digger we strolled just over a mile on Two Spot. Roger's Lake was dry. Looks 4-20 feet deep is the limit of this oversized pond. Intense interpretive signs, plaques and displays at the trailhead.

Big pine hikes are fun. A great low key option for someone getting into hiking or interested in a forest hike. The gold diggers certainly left a mark. Someone loves(d) this area and it shows. If you hike for likes this isn't for you.

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Map Drive

To hike
Take Historic Route 66 west from Flagstaff and turn south on Woody Mountain Road. Travel 7.4 miles to the first (or north) trailhead, and travel another 1.1 miles to the second (or south) trailhead (or 8.5 miles from Route 66); stay on Forest Road 231.
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