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Sandys Canyon Trail #137, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,830 feet
Elevation Gain -203 feet
Accumulated Gain 46 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.75 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.15
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12  2018-11-18 kenandjude
7  2017-10-17 ALMAL
7  2017-09-20 ngoding
19  2017-08-21 kingsnake
13  2016-07-30 Nightstalker
7  2016-01-02
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon Trail
5  2016-01-02
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon Trail
6  2015-10-18 Alston_Neal
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:34am - 5:38pm
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9 Alternative
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon Trail
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon Trail
same trailhead
4.3 mi
293 ft
Equestrian Bypass 87
Equestrian Bypass 87
1.5 mi away
9.0 mi
500 ft
Flagstaff - AZT #33
1.6 mi away
14.8 mi
1,916 ft
Flagstaff Loop Trail
3.5 mi away
48.6 mi
3,709 ft
Walnut Canyon - AZT #31
Walnut Canyon - AZT #31
3.7 mi away
17.7 mi
1,660 ft
Marshall Lake to Fisher Point
Marshall Lake to Fisher Point
3.7 mi away
5.0 mi
570 ft
Prime and Vail Lakes
Prime and Vail Lakes
4.3 mi away
4.0 mi
50 ft
Little America Trail
Little America Trail
4.4 mi away
2.9 mi
440 ft
Rio de Flag Urban Trail
4.7 mi away
1.2 mi
100 ft
Sinclair Wash Urban Trail
4.7 mi away
1.0 mi
2 ft
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by HAZ_Hikebot

Here's a trail just a few minutes outside Flagstaff that offers good photo opportunities, interesting geology, great views, and access to a longer trail that stretches all the way across Arizona. Sandys Canyon Trail starts out by skirting the rim of Walnut Canyon, a scenic rift in the same layers of rock that form the upper cliffs of the Grand Canyon. From the trailhead, you get a great view of the San Francisco Peaks with the cliffs of Walnut Canyon in the foreground - time to reach for the camera

The trail heads north from the trailhead following the Walnut Canyon Rim for a short distance before it drops down Sandys Canyon into the main gorge. Sandys Canyon Trail then continues along the Walnut Canyon floor on an old jeep track to an intersection with the Arizona Trail. Here you'll find more Grand Canyon style cliffs complete with the same bright colors of that World Heritage Site. The pronounced cross-bedding and deep red hue of these petrified Permian Age sand dunes will have you reaching for your camera again.

This trail is best suited for hiking or horsebacking. If you don't have your own steed, a nearby concessionaire provides guided rides into these scenic canyonlands. If you'd like to turn your Sandy's Canyon venture into a longer hike you can follow the Arizona Trail either north, down canyon to Fisher Point or east along Walnut toward Marshall Lake.

Marshall Lake to Fisher Point
Fisher Point via Sandy's Canyon

  • Trail 137
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    Trail 137

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 south of Flagstaff near Lower Lake Mary on paved forest roads.

Access: Drive southeast out of Flagstaff 6 miles on Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3). Just past the second cattle guard turn north (left) to the trailhead.
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