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Coconino National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Aug 14th to TBD
Hey Bullwinkle let's Hike!
This rocky path over rolling terrain leads through a forest of Ponderosa Pines interspersed with stunted Gambel Oaks and gnarled Alligator Junipers. Also found on this arid south slope of the Dry Lake Hills are several hardy shrubs and ground-hugging desert plants. Among these are Cliff-Rose, Banana Yucca, and prickly pear cactus. Combined, they add a bit of desert ambience to the surroundings. In season, colorful wildflowers add a splash of brightness to the rocky slopes. From mid-spring to late summer along the trailside, you'll see a number of varieties of paintbrush, a creamy yellow flower called Butter and Eggs, and lots of bright red penstemon.
Though this trail is quite close to town, evidence of wildlife is none the less common. Coyote and elk tracks are frequently mixed in with tracks of joggers, hikers, and mountain bikers. In mid-summer, the sweet notes of the area's resident songbird, the Hermit Thrush echo through the forest. As the trail roller coasters over the shallow dry washes that crease the Dry Lake Hills' lower slopes, it offers good views of Flagstaff and its western suburbs. The upper reaches of Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons are visible in the background. So is Mormon Mountain.
Rocky Ridge Trail provides a convenient connecting route between Schultz Creek Trail and the Oldham Brookbank trails.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.