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Oldham Trail #1, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NE
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 5.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,000 feet
Elevation Gain 1,749 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,113 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.34
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9  2018-09-29
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop
9  2018-09-29
Elden - Oldham - Sunset Loop
10  2017-08-19
Dry Lake Hills Loop
6  2017-08-19
Dry Lake Hills Loop
2  2017-04-01
Elder Canyon
10  2016-09-24
Mount Elden - Dry Lake Hills Loop
14  2016-09-24
Mount Elden - Dry Lake Hills Loop
8  2015-10-03
Elden Super Loop
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Aug → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:32am - 5:46pm
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16 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Buffalo Park
Buffalo Park
0.2 mi away
2.0 mi
100 ft
McMillan Mesa Trail
0.2 mi away
1.5 mi
100 ft
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
1.0 mi away
2.8 mi
156 ft
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
1.1 mi away
44.3 mi
2,572 ft
Elden Environmental Study Area
Elden Environmental Study Area
1.8 mi away
1.0 mi
100 ft
Mars Hill Urban Trail
1.8 mi away
1.5 mi
400 ft
Flagstaff North Urban Trail
1.9 mi away
2.0 mi
100 ft
Elder Canyon
Elder Canyon
1.9 mi away
6.0 mi
2,400 ft
Little America Trail
Little America Trail
2.1 mi away
2.9 mi
440 ft
Mars Hill via Lowell Observatory Loop
Mars Hill via Lowell Observatory Loop
2.2 mi away
7.5 mi
426 ft
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Oldham Trail begins in Buffalo Park, Flagstaff's urban forest park, and climbs gradually up the south slope of Mt. Elden, an extinct volcano. The trail gets its name from Oldham Park, an open area near Elden's summit. From that high perspective you'll get a bird's eye view of Flagstaff and the surrounding area including mountains, deserts, and canyons as much as a hundred miles away. Some prominent features that are easily visible are Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater, and the Painted Desert.

Along the lower reaches of the trail, you'll encounter boulder fields and cliffs where there are hidden crevices to explore and rocky nooks that make great places to picnic. As you climb higher, the trail takes you from a ponderosa pine forest into groves of aspen and mixed conifer stands of spruce, fir and pine.

In Oldham Park you'll see evidence of a catastrophic burn that occurred in 1977. Although the area affected by this huge wildfire still looks barren from Flagstaff, up close you can see how nature is healing from this man-made disaster.

Near Elden Summit, Oldham Trail joins the Sunset Trail which leads north across the top of Elden to Schultz Pass and south to the Elden Lookout Trail and east Flagstaff.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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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The Buffalo Park parking lot is located on Cedar Street in north central Flagstaff. Another access point ison FR 557, the Mt. Elden Road, off US 180 north.
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