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Ledges Trail #138 - 3 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 01 2018
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Mar 01 2018
chumley
Snowshoeing9.75 Miles 1,860 AEG
Snowshoeing9.75 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   1.95 mph
1,860 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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I decided to take advantage of the recent storm and celebrate the first day of spring with a trip to higher elevations.

I was able to snowshoe right from my truck! :y:

The south facing slope is a bit thin lower down, but once above the switchback the orientation got better and by 8000 feet there was a good winter snowpack. In general it ranged from 14"-20", but there were spots at the top where it was over 35".

I need to find places to snowshoe where I'm not the one breaking the trail. It's exhausting! When I topped out on the road, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a track vehicle had been by, presumably for maintenance on the tower farm at the summit. It was so nice to have a packed down trail to follow for a change!

I hit up the highest point, with great views of all the peaks to the north, before heading back down. The exposed spots had started to melt, and I opted to drop the snowshoes at about 7800 feet. A few patches had gone bare, and I was able to use my uphill steps to maneuver through the remaining deep snow sections.

Near the bottom, I checked out the Dairy Springs Loop and then headed over on the Ledges Trail for a view of Mormon Lake. All in all, a pretty good day! :)
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Sep 15 2008
Vashti
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 Joined Mar 11 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
Ledges Trail #138Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2008
Vashti
Hiking1.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles   1 Hour      1.20 mph
100 ft AEG
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Headed out on this short trail to the Ledges Vista Overlook from the Dairy Springs Campground. The trailhead is between campsites 27 and 25, which are at the back of the campground. If you are not camping, there is trailhead parking at the beginning of the campground. The trailhead parking is clearly labeled with a wood sign.

The trail is well defined, but in case you are blind there are metal arrow markers nailed into the trees surrounding the trail which point the way every 15-20 feet (at least for the ascent). A number of cabins are visible down to your right before the climbing starts.

The trail ascends gradually before leveling out for a while. Once you stop climbing, your first view of Mormon Lake is on your right. After a little while, the trail starts to descend, and the Overlook is right there. The Overlook is clearly labeled with a forest service sign. The view of Mormon Lake is beautiful, and right now there are tons of yellow wildflowers surrounding the meadows around the lake. There were a number of various colored wildflowers on the trail, as well.

This trail is easy and good for my very pregnant self as well as for my husband and 2 year old.

I considered submitting this as a hike summary, but the Forest Service description is pretty much right on. It does look like the trail continues down past the overlook, but we did go beyond the overlook itself. The sign at the trailhead listed the distance to the overlook as 0.6 miles, for a roundtrip total of 1.2 miles.
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Mar 18 2007
aimeeclimbs
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 Joined Sep 06 2005
 Flagstaf, AZ
Ledges Trail #138Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2007
aimeeclimbs
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      45 Mns   2.00 mph
100 ft AEG
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This trail starts out from a cute campground, goes behind a bunch of summer cabins and ends up with a great view over Mormon Lake on some neat basalt formations.
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average hiking speed 1.72 mph

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