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Oct 10 2020
david_allen_3
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Started the adventure after camping the night before near Stoneman Lake to avoid colder temps on the peaks. Little chilly overnight at just over 50 degrees but not bad. The drive into Bismarck Lake was pleasant enough with more fall color along the road than along the trail. The road is very dusty and there are some large bumps developing on the last incline before the turn off to the trail but still manageable in my 2wd SUV. Temp was about 54 degrees at about 9:00 AM. Area is beautiful and dry. No water in Bismarck which means no critters to look for. Hopefully snow comes early. Checked on some other ponds, springs on the way in, all dry. The most reliable water in the area appears to be Alpha Fia, Locket Spring and maybe Little Spring? If I had time I would have walked the less than a mile to Little Spring to see. Saw about 6 Deer closer to the hwy.
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Mostly on the drive in and further away from the trail along the slopes.

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Most years with the help of summer rains there would be water here year round but not this year.
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Sep 27 2020
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Hart PrairieFlagstaff, AZ
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Decided a bit too many vehicles to want to hike this road. Instead we did 3 hikes along the road. 1st one was about 3 miles in. This one veers right and up a hill we then took an intersecting route down.

We then did a 2nd short hike. This one was fern mtn. We parked across the street. This one is steep with a narrow trail. This section is easy to miss.

We then drove a couple miles further down for a longer hike. Hart prairie road gets rougher in this area. I dont recommend cars venture to Bismarck Lake th. This section is just over a mile but it then connects to the AZ trail. Next we turned right and followed it up into the aspens.

This is where we observed early Fall colors. The ground coverings were gold and some of the Aspen leaves yellow. This was further evident during the Aspen Corner section. We could see stronger colors further up on Humphries.
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At 9000 ft in the aspens.
Jun 26 2020
david_allen_3
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Fun day to be on the trail. Nice weather, breeze was perfect. Lots of animal tracks and butterflies near the water. Water was cold and appears to seep in on the west side as it snakes underground through the meadows.
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Yellow, purple and orange flowers.

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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
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Starting at what my friend calls Aspen Corner on Snowbowl Road, we followed Arizona Trail Passage #34 to the Bismarck Lake trail, and then on to the "lake." A gorgeous day, with big puffy clouds, but mostly sunny. In the afternoon there was a bit of thunderstorm activity in the distance, mostly to the north. We saw several deer. It's still very green, and there were a lot of different kinds of wildflowers. In the aspen groves we found some yellow leaves on the ground but couldn't see any on the trees--they still look green. Only a couple more weeks of summer remain in this high country. After that there will be the season of smelly old dead leaves, followed by the Siberia-like winter season. But I won't be around this area to suffer that. I'm no masochist!

My GPS showed we hiked 9 miles, but it has been off for a long time. His showed what is more likely to be correct: 8+ miles. The distressing thing is that lately my GPS is showing high, but posting very low. It posted as 7.02. From other accounts, that's about a mile too low, so I am going to change the value. Also, the rest time never agrees even remotely from the screen to the posting. It's usually off by about an hour. I guess I should think about getting a new GPS.

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A few bright yellow aspen leaves on the ground, but not seen on the trees.
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Quite a few species. I labeled the ones I knew, or just learned.

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This is a lake?
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Dec 09 2017
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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
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FR514 crossing/Kelly Tank to Snowbowl and back. The 3 miles between FR514 and FR418 is thru a recent management burn zone.

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 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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This was our second family hike during a week long stay in Flagstaff, a short hike to Bismarck Lake from the trailhead at the end of FR627. FR627 had a few pot holes but was easily negotiated in the families Honda Odyssey. The trail starts following an abandoned road through thick forest but soon breaks out into a large meadow. Bismarck Lake is actually a pond or tank formed by an earthen dam. The open meadow makes for great views of the nearby Kachina Peaks to the south. This was an easy enjoyable scenic hike. With some exploring of a side trail that follows a side meadow into the forest we managed to double the distance to 3 miles. The photoset includes photos from my solo hike on July 26 to check out the trail before the family arrived and a family hike on July 29.
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Feb 24 2017
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Morning Glory Yurt Bismark Lake, AZ 
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We wanted to do some more snowshoeing so headed up to the Nordic Center outside Flagstaff. Reserved the Morning Glory Yurt which is the furthest backcountry yurt but still only 3 mile hike one way. With short snowshoe hike we were able to start late about 130 and still managed to get there by 4pm. Took Frank some time to get use to his hiking shoes but he seemed to get the idea and better than freezing paws.

Next day we headed over to Bismark Lake which is only about 3 miles from the yurt and also wanted to make the Arizona Trail junction as well. Checked out the AZT junction and then back to Bismark Lake for lunch break. Of course with temps below freezing all day the lake was frozen solid. Even the snow was somewhat frozen solid so on this hike we opted for micro spikes and left the snowshoes back at the yurt. Good choice as we really were not punching through the snow much. If staying at the yurt the Nordic Center requires using either snowshoes or skis for the trails to and from the yurt. However, once off their trails you can use spikes or whatever mode is best.

Back at the yurt I decided to check a couple of hills nearby the yurt. There are two hills and one has a park bench on top which provided the best sitting view of Humphreys and the ski area. Still wearing spikes the snow was still pretty firm despite warmer temps in the afternoon. But there was some snow expected that night and next day.

Sure enough in late afternoon the clouds rolled in and it started light snow. Overnight only about inch or two accumulation but made for nice hike out with fresh coat of snow and continued light snow. Good weekend for Frank and relaxing at the yurt!
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Feb 24 2017
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Feb 24 2017
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Nice trail through high elevation meadows and thick pine and fir forests, lots of wildlife due to the abundant (AZ Standard) water in the area. Bismarck Lake for most the year is really a small pond formed by a small spring on the west side of the lake. During years of heavy snowfall or heavy summer rains its conceivable for this small water source to become a very small lake at least by Arizona standards. There is also another small pond about half a mile from the trailhead. Very green hike considering its the driest time of the year with great views of nearly snow capped San Francisco Peaks makes for a great escape from the 115 degrees in Phoenix.
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Water seeping in from small spring on the west side of the lake.
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Sep 14 2015
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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On the way back to Page from the Rim, I decided to do a scenic drive out to Hart Prairie and Government Prairie. After hours of driving for the day, I decided to stretch my legs. Had a nice little stroll up to the pond, which is nearly dry right now, and just enjoyed a little rare quality time up on my mountain.

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San Francisco Peaks - AZT #34Flagstaff, AZ
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We hope you enjoy our Housholder Family adventure hiking the 800 mile Arizona Trail from Sonora Mexico to the Utah state-line. We are hiking it together as a family attempting to finish 20 to 30 miles each month; normally taking a two truck shuttle and usually camping overnight for free along the way in our RV trailer (Boondocking).

Our 4th segment is in the Beautiful "San Francisco Peaks AZT #34!" We had a fantastic time over the Labor Day Weekend Holiday camping out Boondocking Style along the Bismarck Trailhead Road #627. Our camping spot on the south side of the road even had a rock wall for the kids to climb and was large enough for our South African friends to park their rigs also!

DAY 1: Total Miles 6.5

We used the Bismarck Lake trail-head access point and first made the trek with friends to the "Cow Puddle" of a Lake? After snapping a few pics around Bismarck Lake we headed out to join the AZT section 34 going north from the Bismarck Junction where a cool sign points the way to Mexico and Utah! From there it was all downhill to Forest Service Road 418 near White Horse Hills. This part of the trail was fantastic and had numerous gentle switchbacks leading into a GIANT stand of Aspen Trees near the end! We enjoyed this ending section very much and were looking forward to the next day's adventure!

Day 2: Total Miles 5.5

What an exciting day! The plans were to hike from Snow Bowl Ski Resort along the Aspen Loop Access trail north towards our Boondocking spot along the Bismarck Lake Road. Some awesome friends from South Africa were our trail support crew and taxi drivers setting us down at the Snow Bowl ski area while they went off to hike the Lava River Tube. There were fantastic photo opps from the parking lot where we got a huge group picture of our three families and then set out for the Aspen Loop Access Trail right next to the Humphrey's Peak trail-head. A ranger was there with displays and stickers for the kids and we hit the trail running downhill through some beautiful Aspen Trees until we junction-ed with the AZT #34 once more. I loved seeing as far as the eye can see west towards Bill Williams Mountain and Kendrick Peak! The trail was gentle and enjoyable. Once on the Arizona Trail we could see back towards the Snow Bowl ski lifts and after a mile or so north of the Aspen Loop junction there was THE VERY BEST STAND OF ASPENS EVER! We ate our snacks and took plenty of family pictures, I feel when the entire 800 mile hike is finished this will rank right up there as the best of the best gems. The kids and Karolien loved this section as much as I did to! After the Aspen Adventure a little further north were those sweeping views westward across Hart Prairie and Fern Mountain underneath us where I shot some landscape panorama pictures. A short mile or so after that the trail crossed a nice meadow and then joined up with the Bismarck Lake Trail at the Utah/Mexico sign. It was an enjoyable mile and a half back to our camp from there.

Day 3: Total Miles 6 - Saturday October 10, 2015 - Snow Bowl Ski Resort to Snow Bowl Road:

We started the day taking some more family pictures with both of our Grandma's in them, they make for the best Trail Support Team! From the Snow Bowl parking lot at 9400 FT. we hit the trail, there were beautiful changing leaves all around especially as we made our way along the Aspen Loop Trail. In no time at all we were once again at the AZT Junction roughly 9000 FT. this time we turned left and left the crowds behind as we hiked downhill to the south, our end destination was the Snow Bowl Road crossing 6 miles from the parking lot and roughly 1,600 Feet elevation decline.

It was still very, very, very busy with the swift moving mountain bikers but we only had one near run in with Ben listening to his headphones too loud when a biker closed in from behind! Around one and a half miles we came upon a fantastic grove of Aspens in Golden Fall mode at the Alfa Fla Tank junction. This grove was not as good as the one a mile or so north of the AZT / Aspen Loop junction but never the less it was impressive, and just after entering the stand there were logs downed inviting us to rest upon them, it made for the perfect snack stop.

After scarfing down some yummy GORP we made our way in no time to a 2 mile junction where hikers were coming up from the 151 road and down from the Snowbowl Road. There were great views out across Hart Prairie just before the stand of Aspens and at this trail junction. After a few quick pics we headed further away from the crowds of Leaf Chasers into what was the thickest and shadiest part of the forest. Contouring along at 8600 to 8400 feet this made for a relaxing stroll. A couple miles further we started hiking slightly uphill before coming around the corner and then sharply downtown we went starting at MP 606 to 604 we declined some 1100 feet! This ridge line had some nice views below of Fort Valley our eventual destination. Our brakes were worn out by the time we arrived at the power-lines and we made out way another half mile to the Snow Bowl road while listening to the mobs of Fall Leaf Chasers driving home! All in all the kids had fun but our breaks were so worn out by the steep decline in elevation from 9400 to 7600 ft. that we decided to rest it easy the next day planning on hiking our close the gap segment from the Snow Bowl Road to Schultz Creek AZT 33 junction some 4 more miles away the next time!

Day 4 Snow Bowl Road to Schultz Creek July 7, 2016

A year later we were back in Flagstaff take on this missing middle segment from the Snow Bowl Road towards Schultz Creek that would connect us to the Flagstaff Resupply Route which we had already finished!

We started out staging our truck at Schultz Creek where the AZT Resupply Route passes over the backroad. There is enough space to park a couple cars there. After staging our truck we headed out towards the Snow Bowl Road. We last hiked to where our vehicle was staged cross country off Forest Road 6051 at Forrest Valley. To get there slow down just before arriving at the Snow Bowl Road and take a right onto FS 6051. There are some good Boondocking spots perhaps two or three on this road for camping at large. The 6051 ends in about a mile at a large spot as there is a T Junction. This is where we parked and hiked due north until reaching the AZT at near Milepost 603 marked Rocky Moto. From here we hiked east towards our truck and Schultz Creek. This hike covers the segment between Milepost 603 to 600 and a bit more towards Schultz Creek, only 4 miles from where we staged vehicles. This was an extremely enjoying segment completely flat the entire distance, with views of the Peaks looking over the tops of pine trees. Ben read a book, Bryce and Bianka enjoyed finding a friendly lizard and we had some great family pictures taken at sunset before arriving at the junction with the Equestrian Route and the Resupply Route. From there it is downhill all the way rather sharply back to the Schultz Creek Backroad, and our snacks.

Day 5 Schultz Tank to Schultz Creek July 8, 2016

Our next hike was to start segment 34 and complete Milepost 596 to 599 at the Resupply Route another easy hike this time we treated our visiting relatives Bob and Chase from Alaska. The start of Passage 34 was easy going by Schultz Tank, there were logging operations happening along the first half mile or so, then the trail started heading downhill with great views along the way. We were following above the Schultz Backroad in and out of some side drainage or two then alongside a ridge towards the junction with the Equestrian Bypass Signage and Flagstaff Resupply Route, and easy sunset three and a half miles!



Day 6 Forest Road 418 White Horse Hills to Kelly Tank 7/9/16 Total Miles 3.25

This segment was awesome! Well I love the Aspens so for me it was top notch! There is nearby camping at White Horse Hills for our Trailer so this makes the location all the more better!

We started by driving our truck up to Kendrick Park then out east a few miles to Kelly Tank. Then we drove back to the 418 and hiked it together as a family. Another option would have been to drive up to Kelly and swap keys in the middle. All in all this hike was downhill from the 418 almost all the way. There were fantastic views of the San Francisco Peaks and thousands of Aspens in the beginning! Hardly any others out here as well, we saw only a couple other mountain bikers and that was it, compared to the trails around the Peaks where the mountain bikers are running rampant! This trail heads due north past Walker Lake's Cinder Cone Mountain and joins a double track for awhile, then climbs gently up on a ridge line where you look west towards Kendrick Peak and NW towards Saddle Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, before it curves NE towards Kelly Tank. There were some off road campers with a prime location we found along the way. Their views towards the San Francisco Peaks was fantastic. We might have to find out how they got out there, but it must have been accessed via Kelly Tank somehow????

The next time back to this area we will start at Kelly Tank and continue north!
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Jul 04 2015
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking1.77 Miles 208 AEG
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Great Fourth of July hike with Byron, MeiMei, and Sarah.

The elevation made this hike more challenging then the distance and AEG imply.

The lake is only just a big puddle now.
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Very low. Pretty much just a big puddle now.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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This is one of our favorite hikes and a year ago we caught some color. We hiked to the "lake" and then headed south on the AZ Trail to Snow Bowl. We found that in some small pockets it's just hitting it's stride for color, there is still a lot more to go. It's just starting up there and the weather is perfect!
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Quick easy hike! Beautiful place for a picnic! Not sure exactly why it's referred to as Bismarck *Lake* Trail. The only water there could only be generously described as a large mud puddle. Great location for getting out of the Phoenix heat.
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 Peoria, AZ
Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,015 AEG
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Stopped by the Mountain on the way back from the Canyon for a little hike above Bismarck Lake. No water left in Bismarck right now, maybe the monsoon will change that. Took the AZT north as it climbed down a ridge. At the bottom of the descent, I headed off trail through with the idea of heading uphill to the southwest, hoping to hit some nice aspen groves. Mainly went through a whole lotta downed Doug Firs, which was a bit more work than I intended. Got into some aspens, but not pure groves, so nothing super awesome. There were game trails criss-crossing but it wasn't until I creeped up over the ridge that they actually went the direction I wanted. Popped out on the meadow above "Bill's Rock" so I was back in familiar territory. Took a short break to chug a gatorade and enjoy the view of Humphrey's above. Headed down the meadow past the rock, and dropped down into the little squared-off aspen grove along the AZT. Headed back toward the car via AZT northbound, connected back to Bismarck Trail, and enjoyed further meadow views on the way down. I'm really a sucker for meadow views. Had one of those magic moments at the big meadow near Bismarck when the combination of views, sunlight, temperature, wind, and just being out in nature gave me that surge of happiness. I love when that happens. It was good afternoon hike on the footsteps of the Mountain.
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Loco weed, lupine, and hairy fleabane are doing well. Bit of paintbrush too and a few others. Most of the iris are wilting out.

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Saw 15 total turkeys, including 6 juveniles. Very interesting to watch them feeding through the tall grass.
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking6.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Bismarck Lake is one of our favorite trails, albeit a long drive. So we usually go twice a year, Mother's Day and fall colors. We head south from the Bismarck Lake trail and the AZ Trail intersection going toward the Snow Bowl. Going in the opposite direction it is called Polar Aspen Alley trail here. About .6 of a mile south from the intersection is a group of aspens that are just starting to change, so maybe this weekend they'll be glowing.
Flora
Flora
Quaking Aspen
Fauna
Fauna
Elk
Meteorology
Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
One group closer to the Snow Bowl has peaked, but another a mile north will hit their stride this week.
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Bismarck Lake TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2013
fotogirl53
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Up to the AZ Trail above Bismarck Lake to a stand of aspen to do some experimental photos. The trees were not quite golden, but this is a beautiful stand no matter what the color of the leaves. Back at the trailhead I saw a blue FJ with a HAZ sticker--I hardly ever see one of those up here! It was a gorgeous day for hiking.
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Culture
HAZ Decal HAZ Rides
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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