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Mormon Mountain Trail #58 - 13 members in 34 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 14 2021
DixieFlyer
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Hiking12.60 Miles 2,717 AEG
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I did two hikes today: one in the Inner Basin and the other to Mormon Mountain

Inner Basin
I had planned to hike in Flagstaff last week to see the fall foliage, but decided to go to the White Mountains instead. So I figured that I would hike in Flag today, even though I suspected that the foliage would be gone after the recent storms; it turned out that I was right.

The Inner Basin Trail was covered with an inch or so layer of snow and ice, so I wore microspikes.

There were very, very few yellow leaves. I hiked up to where the emergency shelter is in the heart of the Inner Basin, and then turned around. On the way back I went a short distance on the Waterline Trail toward Bear Jaw before turning around.

There was a short window for leaves this year in the Inner Basin. On 10/7 it was reported on this site that foliage was moderate; on 10/9 it was reported that foliage was substantial but not quite at peak; and now on 10/14 the foliage is essentially gone.

My original plan was to hike up to Rees Peak, but with the lack of fall foliage I decided to cut this hike short and hike up to Mormon Mountain on my way back home.

Mormon Mountain
I had never done this hike before and I enjoyed it. There was some snow on sections of the trail, but I never put microspikes on. Once I got to the towers, I headed a bit NW to the highpoint. Just below the highpoint there was a nice vantage point through the trees that provided a nice view of the San Francisco Peaks.

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Even though there was no aspen foliage to speak of at the Inner Basin, I enjoyed hiking in the snow.

Mormon Mountain did not have a lot in the way of breathtaking views, but I enjoyed hiking through the woods. I would do the hike again sometime.

Distance and elevation gain for the two hikes is below. The stats above are the sum of the two.

Inner Basin: 5.5 miles with an AEG of 1,165 feet
Mormon Mountain: 7.1 miles with an AEG of 1,552 feet
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Aspen foliage is essentially gone in the Inner Basin
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Aug 28 2021
BobP
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,340 AEG
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Mar 12 2021
chumley
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chumley
Snowshoeing7.64 Miles 2,161 AEG
Snowshoeing7.64 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   1.80 mph
2,161 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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I wasn't expecting to do any more snowshoeing this year after getting back from Colorado, but alas, Arizona had a little winter left to squeeze out. I had to work in the morning, but managed to zoom on I-17 with good signal. I've definitely seen Stoneman unplowed under several feet of snow before so it was a nice surprise to see it was plowed today and didn't slow me down at all, hitting the trail at about 1:30.

The sun had been out for a bit, but thankfully clouds dominated and snow showers continued. The south-facing aspect of this trail melts out quickly, so I was thrilled with the foot of new light powder and soft, fluffy footing on the way up. From 7500 and up it just got deeper and fluffier. It was clear that there had been plenty of existing snow on the mountain before this latest storm, and there were places I could dig my pole down over 3 feet before hitting soil.

When I reached the summit road, I was a bit disappointed that there was no sign of any utility use. I had sort of been counting on a packed underlayer to ease my effort. A little bit exhausted, I considered just turning around rather than traversing over to the towers, but figured that would be cheating! I took a break by sitting on a snow-free electrical box. It was a rare treat when snowshoeing ... a "heated" seat for lunch! Though probably barely 50 degrees, it was noticeably warmer than the air.

Of course as I tried to take a break, the skies opened up with a brutal snow squall. High winds, whiteout snowfall, and a rumble of thunder had me bailing on my break pretty quickly. By the time I had made it back to the trail junction, there was blue sky visible once again. #timing :sweat:

The descent was quicker (not just for being downhill, but for following my own broken trail) and I was pleased to see that the south aspects had stayed cloudy and cold, holding all the snow, though a short stretch did get a bit crunchy after having softened a bit earlier in the afternoon warmth. I opted against the extra-curriculars around the campground and went directly back to the trailhead. The temp was now around 20 and daytime melting made the road very icy. Having considered a return through Payson, I opted instead for the dirt road back down to lower elevations and I-17 for the easy drive back to the desert. The road had not been plowed again, so it was a bit more adventurous on the trip down :).

Gotta love these quick winter getaways when you live in the land of golf courses and palm trees!
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Hiking8.30 Miles 1,679 AEG
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I had never done this hike and had no idea what to expect. One other car was at the trailhead, and the scenery started out prettier than I expected, with colorful fall oaks and white firs. Got some good cardio in while charging up the ridge, enjoying the Christmas-tree-like firs the whole way. Heard a lone elk bugling at the top among the changing aspens. Followed the road to the communication towers, then off-trailed it to the mountain’s high point, where I was the first person to sign the register in 3 years. Found a nice view of the San Francisco Peaks nearby. I then continued on along some ancient logging roads to the north end of the mountain, encountering plenty of trees with bear scratches among the thick forest. It was getting late, so I retraced my route and headed back down, and was able to catch sunset while overlooking the lake. Great hike; definitely exceeded my expectations.
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May 29 2020
azbackpackr
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Hiking8.72 Miles 1,623 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
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I've always kind of enjoyed this hike, despite lack of views. The forest up top is pretty nice. Today when I had almost reached the top I ran into a couple of guys with 5 very friendly hound dogs. The dogs were getting a run and some training. After chatting with them for a while, they mentioned a pond on top of the mountain, which I never knew existed. They explained how to find it, but on my first attempt I took the wrong road. Then I did find the correct road on my way back from the towers. They had seen some fresh bear tracks in the dirt road, but I never did see those because the dogs (and probably myself) walked on the tracks.

I would have liked to see that pond a year ago, after the very snowy winter we had. Maybe another year...

A few flowers, and once again I didn't know them all, but worked on finding the names when I got home.
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Mormon Mountain Tank
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Iris, Phlox, White violet

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I had no idea this was here before this hike. I'd like to see it after a very snowy winter.
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May 05 2019
azbackpackr
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Hiking6.66 Miles 1,460 AEG
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My first hike of the high country season. I live in Flagstaff for a seasonal job during the summers. Decided to start my higher altitude hikes with an easy peak. As you can see from the photo, Mormon Lake is pretty full this year. A few patches of snow linger in the old growth forest above 8,000 feet. In some places they cover the trail, so you have to either walk over them or around them.

I patted myself on the back all the way up the mountain, "Wow, amazing, no aches or pains!" But then, partway down, my right knee started aching quite a bit. Sigh...

After the hike I drove over to Mormon Lake Village, to find out if there is easy access to the lake for kayaking, but I didn't see any. There is definitely enough water in it to put a shallow-draft boat in. But I couldn't figure out an easy way to get to the water's edge. As far as I could see, you'd either have to lower the boat down a bluff, or walk it out at least a quarter mile across some flats. And there is a lot of private property along it, as well. I'm going to make some calls...
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Mormon Lake
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Jul 24 2018
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Hiking6.90 Miles 1,595 AEG
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I left Flagstaff at about noon after attending the rest of my work conference. This gave me just enough time to do a quick hike on the way home and still get back by a decent hour. Mormon Mountain seemed like the best bet. I had this one semi-planned 6 years ago after I did Keet Seel, but the scheduling was too tight. This time it worked better.

I started hiking about 1pm and finished at 3:45pm. It was kind of confusing on the ride in as to where to go, so I parked at a pull out along the road since there were signs warning of a dead end and private cabins ahead. Turns out the trailhead was about a quarter mile further up, if even that.

the trail is well maintained and fairly easy to walk. some steep spots and loose rock that's more of an issue on the way down, but not bad. Not much in the way of views, however. Mostly a tunnel of ponderosa, which I don't mind as a contrast from the desert heat. It was kind of hot to start because of my late start, but soon the clouds rolled in with wind and thunder. The wind and shade was nice, the thunder not so much. but no close calls for storms or lightning.


The trail ends almost a half mile from the top, and you follow the road to where the radio towers are. I walked amongst them but didn't go to where the topo showed what looked like the highest point, maybe. The views were already below mediocre and the clouds rolling in looked pretty threatening, so I quickly headed back down.

On the way back, I hiked the Dairy Springs Loop. I skipped the Ledges Trail and headed back to the car and back home. Between that, the AZT and another trail near the Mormon Lake village, looks like there's more to do there as a quick hike on the way home again one day. :y:

This hike wraps up my big summer hiking plans. I'll have to see what I might do in August, but at least for this coming weekend, it's time to take a rest. Already exceeded my 2016 total, so looking to set new personal records by year's end.
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Hiking7.51 Miles 1,430 AEG
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Mormon Mountain seemed like a good way to get up to 8500' without driving too far from Phoenix. I chose to take the I-17 north to Munds Park and then head east on 240 to Mormon Lake. The 240 road is about 10 miles of slow going dirt road, no high clearance needed. We started our hike at 7am in a light rain at 61 degrees. The rain didn't last long but would revisit us two more times while on the top. This is a very pleasant hike through the pines with few views. There was no water to be found in Mormon Lake today, and very little in Mormon Mountain Tank. We headed over to the north side of the mountain and scouted out an area affording views of San Francisco Peaks. We stopped at the pizza shop for lunch at Mormon Lake across from the lodge and left after being ignored. Not wanting to bounce our way back over to the I-17, we took Lake Mary road down to the 260 to Camp Verde and stopped for Bar-B-Que at Babe's Round Up.
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Just a small amount of water
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chumley
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chumley
Snowshoeing9.75 Miles 1,860 AEG
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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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Hiking6.44 Miles 1,406 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.21 mph
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charlieaz
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Hiking6.60 Miles 1,300 AEG
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This looked to be a good hike to get my winter hiking gear figured out and in order. I started the hike right off Mormon Lake Road because the entrance to the trailhead was buried in snow, although it appeared a 4x4 drove up the road sometime the day before. Problem is I’m still driving the Corolla. I geared up and hiked to the trailhead (extra 0.1 miles whoopty doo) at about 8:30 am. Temperature was 24 F. From the trailhead I could barely make out the trail because of the snow. There was about 4 inches here. Good thing I brought my GPS. I ended up referencing it quite a bit along the way just to be sure I was on-trail. After about 1 mile of hiking, I was down to my base layer and sweating pretty good. At about 2 miles the temperature was rising and melting snow was starting to drip from the trees. This is where I crossed fresh bear tracks in the snow. It kinda creeped me out a bit being all alone. At this point the snow was about 6-8 inches. At 3 miles I finally reached the road and found that the jeep had been all the way to the top. What a relief to follow the tire tracks instead of plowing through nearly a foot of snow by then. At the towers I turned left and added another 0.2 miles to the trip to reach the true summit. I played radio for a while and then started hearing something crashing by the towers. Of course my mind instantly thought of a bear tearing into a garbage dumpster I hadn’t noticed, or a big 8 point bull elk catching his antlers in the trees . . . again it was a little unsettling. After I finished with the radio I packed things up and headed back. I stopped right under the towers and heard that noise again, which turned out to be ice falling from the top hitting the mast as it melted and fall to the ground . . . whew. No GPS need on the way back. Somebody left footprints that lead all the way back to the Corolla. Temps at this point were really melting the snow and it almost felt like I was in a light rain storm with all the drips from the trees. Great fun! I didn’t even gat eat’n by a baaar haha.
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Hiking6.70 Miles 1,300 AEG
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Camping in the area. One bar on cell phone in camp, but 5 bars at the top. Trail is rocky but in good condition. We got a little rain while going up, but it never got serious. Passed a bow hunter on the trail just before the top.
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,343 AEG
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I seem to have gotten out of shape again after a couple weeks of not much hiking. I had to stop and catch my breath a lot on this one. Sigh.

Very pretty up there right now, it's all green and flowery. Saw a mama elk with spotted calf. Since I know there are no real views I was not disappointed. Just disappointed in myself for getting out of shape again.
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Oct 04 2014
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,320 AEG
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My girlfriend and I camped for the night at the nearby Dairy Springs Campground. After we set up camp we hiked this trail before sunset. Warm and sunny but the temperature was very pleasant. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this hike after reading other triplogs, and it was about what I expected. Definitely nice scenery, but nothing particularly exciting about it. Probably not a trail I'll hike again, but worth checking out if you're at one of the nearby campgrounds. I did like the variety of trees here... pines, spruces, oaks, aspens. I'm not yet in the shape I was last hiking season, so this was a really good workout for me. The climbing isn't terribly steep but it is relentless.

We only saw 4 other people out here. The solitude was nice. The little meadow near the end of the trail had some aspens which had a little color on them. The sun was starting to set as we started to head back down and it quickly started to get chilly. It was awesome to get back to camp and sit in front of the warm fire and look up at the stars.
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Aspens near the end of the trail had a little color on them.
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Hiking5.56 Miles 1,393 AEG
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this hike. I'd heard it might be a bit boring. But the old growth forest on top of the mountain is lovely! True, I didn't see any good views. But that's okay.

Saw some guys from a Hot Shot crew out doing their daily exercise, running up the mountain.

I didn't go to the towers and I didn't look for the stock tank ("lake").

Update on my feet: They burned and then hurt while going downhill. I stopped, took off the boots, took Ibuprofen, put my feet up for a while. Removed foam inserts under tongues, re-laced loosely, then hiked on down. No more pain or burning, but not very practical to have boots so loose.
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May 24 2014
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Out doing some 4wd stuff with my brother decided to go to top of Mormon Mountain and get a SOTA Activation in quick

Smoke from the fire was heavy and on the ride up it rained a lot hopefully it helped with the fire
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Aug 13 2011
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,300 AEG
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My first time on this popular Northern Arizona trail despite my living here for over 26 years....

To be honest, I was kinda let down...I was hoping for more surrounding views...would have been quite spectacular with lake, hills, sky, etc...

I hiked up with my 11 y/o daughter and our 2 dogs...the first mile and 1/2 seem a bit steep, but then the vertical rise tapers off once you hit the ridge line. We got to the signed end of the trail and noticed we simply in a small meadow with no view!?!?! Where was the great view??? Couldn't see a thing...trees were just too thick.

Another group of 4 were there and said they were disappointed as well, and were turning back at the sign...undaunted and wanting a dazzling panoramic view, my daughter and I continue another 100 yards past the meadow and saw a blocked off road/trail, which lead to a wide forest road. Knowing there were radio towers up there, I chose the easterly direction and about 1/4-1/2 mile later arrived at the towers...still no view. :(

Well...we went back to the meadow...took a short water/snack break and busted back down to the campground where we were staying. Pretty disappointing, but was nice to get outta the camp and stretch the legs....
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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Beautiful hike. Saw two mountain bikers coming down, but besides that nobody else on the trail. Lots of butterflies. Saw a couple band tail pigeons, and a big horny toad. I was surprised this trail wasn't on the AZ Topo maps I had on my GPS, as it is a well maintained trail.
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Pretty awesome hike. Thanks to my hiking partner Beiley, we found an small hidden alpine meadow with a pond at the top that was off of the trail. Started in the Ponderosa Pines and moved up the trail into the aspen, fir and spruce trees. Encountered some wild rasberry bushes along the way. Tried this hike once before in the early spring, but lost the trail in the snow towards the top. Pretty cool views of Mormon Lake between the trees in a few spots along the way. Trail was well kept. Steep grade coming down the last 2/3's toes jammed in my boots, but overall fun hike. Spotted deer and elk on the road to the trail head.

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Jun 19 2011
frankepp
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 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Peoria, AZ
Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
frankepp
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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average hiking speed 2.19 mph
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