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Kachina Trail #150

Hiking Trail

Kachina Trail #150

by: Honza
Location:  Flagstaff, AZ          Longitude:  -111.7115    Latitude:  35.3266
Instead of climbing one of the San Francisco mountain peaks, the Kachina Trail sets an easier course across some of the mountain's moderate topography.
Features and Interests:   Healthy aspen and groves of tall mixed conifers separated by broad, wildflower carpeted meadows. Good chance of seeing mule deer, elk and other local wildlife.
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Coral root  Coral root
This well maintained trail takes you through lush forests around bases of the Agassiz and Fremont peaks. From the trailhead, you will have gentle elevation changes to the Kachina Wilderness boundary about 1/2 mile away. The trail begins to descend to interesting rock and cave formations through Spruce and Aspen forests. You will see a nice large cave along the way, providing great shelter from the unexpected monsoon rains (bring a rain-coat).

Following the trail for another 3 miles, the forests open up into large meadows offering great views of Flagstaff areas and the peaks. Over the next three miles you will be taken on a descent through various vegetation, eventually meeting up with the Weatherford Trail a total of 6.1 miles from trailhead.

This is an in-and-out trail, so turn back at this junction or you may continue on Weatherford Trail to Schultz pass another 2 miles away.
Trail Distance:  12.2 miles round-trip
Elevation:  8790ft - 9325ft   (change 535ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  April to November
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Water  LodgingFrom Flagstaff, take the US 180 7 miles northwest to the Snowbowl turn off. Turn right on the Snowbowl Road (FR 516) and follow this paved road another 7 miles to the Snowbowl Ski Area. Drive into the first parking lot on the right which is marked for the Kachina Trail. The trailhead is located at the south end of the parking lot.Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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