Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

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Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by johnny88 » Jan 14 2015 5:18 pm

I was thinking of hiking or overnighting the Kendrick Peak Trail soon. The Flagstaff Ranger District told me the road to the trailhead is closed (but that I could hike or bike in) and that I should call the Williams Ranger District for trail conditions. The Williams Ranger District told me the road to the trailhead is open.

So does anyone know if the roads to the Kendrick Peak Trailhead are open or closed?

I would be coming from Phoenix, so following these directions from the trail page: "From Flagstaff, take Hwy 180 North to FR 193, about 10 miles north of the turnoff to the Arizona Snow Bowl; turn left on FR 193 and continue to FR 171. Turn right on FR 171 and go 2 miles to FR 190; turn right on FR 190 and go 1 mile to the parking area."

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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by azbackpackr » Jan 14 2015 6:59 pm

All covered in snow right now I would think.
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by chumley » Jan 14 2015 9:52 pm

FR193 is closed.
Status of Coconino NF roads is available here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/ ... rdb5339811

Because Kendrick can be accessed from both Coconino and Kaibab forests, it is possible there are open routes to get there. Coconino is very proactive at closing roads in winter And I think all access from 180 is closed. I believe that Kaibab tends to leave roads open. Approaching from the west via Kaibab may get you there. I would map your route and call Kaibab and ask specifically about the roads you want to travel.

Even if the roads are open on Kaibab they may be impassable due to snow. Coconino closes the roads because in the past they've had to deal with people getting stuck in the snow too much!
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by azbackpackr » Jan 15 2015 5:45 am

Good info, Chum. Real info! ;) I'm only going off the fact my daughter in Flag/Mountainair has been posting snow photos daily on social media.
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by BobP » Jan 15 2015 7:09 am

@johnny88
There is a snow route you can take from just north of the Nordic center. Crowley pit snow play area. A friend of mine on here did it and I missed out. I may do it this winter with my dog and stay in the cabin overnight.

http://hikearizona.com/photoset=10361 here are the pictures from 2010 and below it haz the trip report to tell whats involved.

There was no snow or very little last Friday on Kendrick as seen from Humphrey. But with 20" of new snow on Humphrey, I'm sure Kendrick probably haz some now. I'll be skiing Snowbowl tomorrow and will take a few pics of Kendrick for you.
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by johnny88 » Jan 15 2015 8:02 am

Thanks, Chumley. That would describe the difference in info from the Forest Service.

BobP, thanks for the trip report. I saw that when looking for info, but did not realize there is an alternate snow route in the winter (I assumed he just hike to the normal trailhead). Is it on any map? Neither office seemed to think I would encounter much snow, maybe 8'' near the top. With the warming temperatures and sunny days coming, they thought I'd see a muddy road and a slushy trail. A picture or other guess on snow depth would help.

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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by BobP » Jan 15 2015 8:12 am

@johnny88
There isn't an actual trail on that side...its just up off-trail :) . He did cross the trail once or twice. The hike from Crowley to the TH would probably be over 3 miles.
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by johnny88 » Jan 15 2015 10:59 am

Hmm, off-trail could be fun. With the Crowley Pit parking area in mind, I may have to give this a shot.

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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by BobP » Jan 17 2015 7:20 am

Posted a few photos for you here http://hikearizona.com/photoset=33657
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Re: Road to Kendrick Peak Trail - FR 171 & FR 190

Post by johnny88 » Jan 18 2015 3:36 pm

Thanks for the photos, it's helpful to get an idea of the snow coverage there!

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