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Sandy Seep Trail #129, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NE
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,875 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Accumulated Gain 359 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.7
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3  2018-07-14 mt98dew
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Mount Elden - AZT #32
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78  2014-08-30
Mount Elden - AZT #32
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58  2013-08-10
Elden Loop
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15  2010-09-24
Mount Elden - AZT #32
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10  2010-09-24
Mount Elden - AZT #32
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:48am - 7:03pm
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Likely In-Season!
The Sandy Seep area on the eastern slopes of Mt. Elden is an important winter range for mule deer as well as a valuable recreation resource for the Flagstaff area. The trail that provides access to it follows an old jeep track that meanders through the open grasslands dotted with ponderosa pines, Gambel oaks and clumps of cliff rose.


To ensure that the area's recreational use does not impair its value as wildlife habitat, the Forest has closed the area to entry by motor vehicles. If you come under your own power or aboard a friendly saddle horse, however, you're welcome to enjoy the excellent views the area provides of Mt. Elden and the Sunset Volcano Field. And you'll stand a good chance of seeing some of the area's resident mule deer as they fade into the background.

As you hike you'll notice that Mt. Elden is covered with dead trees killed by a disastrous fire in 1977. Climbing higher you'll see evidence of the fire closer at hand including numbers of burned out snags as well as the remains of old fire breaks plowed into the landscape. Near the end of the trail you'll be hiking on land that was actually burned over by the fire. Here you can get a close look at how the area is naturally regenerating. Pioneer sprouts of oak at lower elevations and aspen higher up carpet the slopes. These lush green saplings provide nourishing browse for the area's deer herd and are creating a display of fall colors that becomes more magnificent every year.


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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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Location: On the east side of Flagstaff, within the city limits.

Access: Drive east through Flagstaff on US 89A (Santa Fe Avenue). One half mile beyond the Townsend/Winona Road intersection a short Forest Road (FR 9139) turns west off the highway to the trailhead.
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