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Rocky Ridge Trail #153, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7 feet
Elevation Gain 244 feet
Accumulated Gain 310 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 - 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.03
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:34am - 5:42pm
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9 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Schultz Creek Trail #152
Schultz Creek Trail #152
0.0 mi away
3.5 mi
600 ft
Moto Trail - Upper
1.9 mi away
1.7 mi
625 ft
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
2.2 mi away
2.8 mi
156 ft
Brookbank Trail #2
Brookbank Trail #2
2.3 mi away
3.2 mi
1,169 ft
Oldham Trail #1
Oldham Trail #1
2.4 mi away
5.3 mi
2,113 ft
Buffalo Park
Buffalo Park
2.5 mi away
2.0 mi
100 ft
McMillan Mesa Trail
2.5 mi away
1.5 mi
100 ft
Upper Oldham Trail
2.7 mi away
1.5 mi
970 ft
Mars Hill Urban Trail
2.9 mi away
1.5 mi
400 ft
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
3.1 mi away
44.3 mi
2,572 ft
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Fauna Nearby
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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 a number of hardy shrubs and ground hugging desert plants. Among these are cliffrose, broadleaf 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. The tracks of coyote and elk are frequently mixed in with the 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 lower slopes of the Dry Lake Hills 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.

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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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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Location: Just north of Flagstaff off US 180

Access: Drive north from Flagstaff 2 miles on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Turn east and follow FR 420 about a mile to a gate and cattle guard. Turn right down over the hill toward Schultz Creek and park. The trailhead is marked with a sign near the creekbed.
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