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Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,100 feet
Elevation Gain -158 feet
Accumulated Gain 156 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.32
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Elder Canyon
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Elden Lookout Trail #4
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Family Camp-out at Mt Eldon
10  2011-10-30 azbackpackr
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:08am - 6:37pm
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Pipeline Trail begins just north of Buffalo Park, Flagstaff's urban forest preserve, and follows a gas pipeline right-of-way along the base of Mt. Elden. This broad, open trail offers an easy hike across fairly open terrain with opportunities to get a close look at the lower limits of some of the old Mt. Elden lava flows. It also offers easy access to some of the many small rocky canyons that carve Mt. Elden's lower slopes. Ponderosa pines are the predominant vegetation along the trail, mixed with Gambel oaks that color the slopes a burnt gold in the fall and cliffrose that contribute a pleasant fragrance in the spring.

Much of the Pipeline Trail passes through the Mt. Elden Environmental Study Area (ESA). This is an area set aside by the Forest Service in the mid-nineteen seventies as an outdoor study resource for schools and environmental groups. Gray foxes and coyotes can be seen along the trail as well as an occasional raccoon. Common birds encountered here are Steller's jays, juncos and a variety of hawks that hunt the rocky slopes. Open areas annually tinted bright yellow with a midsummer wash of sunflowers serve as a colorful stage for that countryside Caruso, the Meadow lark.

Pipeline Trail provides a connecting route between the Oldham and Mt. Elden/Fatman's Loop trails. It also serves as a cross-country mountain biking route between east and west Flagstaff.

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Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
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Family Camp-out at Mt Eldon
We did a family campout on the west side of MT Elden. As we drove into Flagstaff, the sky was dark with smoke from the Slide Rock fire. The smoke did clear out that night. We did a couple of hikes that included parts of Christmas Tree, Fatman’s loop, Mt. Eldon trail , Pipeline and meanderings along fence lines.
Nate originally wanted to hike to the lookout tower, but he changed his mind once we got to the Pipeline trail. We saw about 4 deer’s.
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
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Did a loop hike at MT. Eldon. I started at the Mt. Eldon TH and headed to the peak. I saw a forest crew doing trail maintenance on the Sunset trail. The wind was pretty cold on top, so I took the first route down, the Upper Oldham trail. The Upper Oldham is a nice single track trail. I then took the Brookbank trail. The plan was to take the Brookbank to the Sunset, to the Schultz TH. Somewhere in the Dry Lake area, there's a bunch of un-signed intersections and I took a wrong turn and wound up on the Schultz loop trail. No big deal.

Then I hiked to the Schultz TH and saw that the Little Eldon trail and Eldon Spring road are open. I went to hike the Waterline TH, but that's closed due to flood repair. So now I did plan B, the AZT # 34. I went in for about 4+ miles. About 3+ miles in, then AZT splits. I returned to the Schultz / Sunset TH(s) and had lunch. Then I took the Schultz trail to the Rocky Ridge, to the Oldham, to the Pipeline, back to the TH.

Along the way I saw the AZT connector(on the Schultz trail) from AZT 34 section. This new connector lets you cut-off about three miles by skipping the Schultz / Sunset THs. On the Pipeline trail, I explored Eldon gravesite / homestead area.
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I left a car at Buffalo Park and had a friend drop me off at Elden TH. Hiked Pipeline to Lower Oldham. Then on around to the Brookbank Trail, which took me way up to the top of the Dry Lake Hills to the dry lake, where I turned around. Then on back to Buffalo Park.

Nice day for a hike!
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
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I hiked over Mt. Eldon, and then returned around the base.

I parked at the Mt. Eldon TH and took the Elden Lookout trail to peak. Then I hiked the Brookbank trail,then to an un-named trail that's on my paper map(but not on the TH maps). This trail went to an un-named water tank. There's a couple of old jeep/ single track trail in this area. I followed the main trail that dropped elevation. The trail was rough in some spots with downed trees, but it looked like the mountain bikers still use it. The trail dropped into the Schultz's Creek trail. I took the Schultz Creek to the Schultz's Pass TH. The forest service posted that FFR420 (pass the TH), FR 556 and the waterline trail are closed till April 2013. I went down the new section of the AZT a bit and had lunch.

I started heading back. I took the Schultz's creek to the Sunset TH and did the Schultz's loop back to the Schultz's creek. I then took the Rocky Ridge to Easy Oldham and went to Buffalo Park. I returned and took the pipeline back to the Jeep.

This was my first time on most of these trails. The spur trails can cause some confusion. Twice I got on a spur trail and had to backtrack.

The weather was great. I felt like I was back in the mid-west on a fall day. One minute it was hot then it was chilly. It depended on the wind and the clouds.

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Location: Along the northern edge of the city of Flagstaff.

Access: Pipeline Trail is accessible via the Oldham Trail out of Buffalo Park and the Elden Lookout Trail located in East Flagstaff off US Highway 89.
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