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Fatmans Loop Trail #25 Elden Mountain


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Fatmans Loop Trail #25 Elden Mountain

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Fatmans Loop Trail #25 Elden Mountain

by: Honza
Location:  Flagstaff, AZ          Longitude:  -111.5792    Latitude:  35.2303
A scenic hike overlooking Flagstaff through rugged terrain on the east slopes of Elden Mountain.
Features and Interests:   Mount Elden peaking at 9,299 ft is a Lava Dome Volcano. Compared to the San Francisco mountain, geologic evidence suggests that the eruption of Mount Elden, which occurred at linear vents along regional faults, was a non-explosive event that took place during several dacitic flow sequences.
For the most part, the Fatmans Loop is an easy walk, although it does have a few short steep sections to the Fatman's Gap. Scenic overlooks of Flagstaff, the city's eastern suburbs and the surrounding countryside make this a good place for a stroll when you have time to stop and enjoy the view. Along the route there are a number of interesting rock formations that bear witness to Mt. Elden's volcanic origins.

The area through which this trail leads supports a diverse community of plant species including upland trees such as white fir and ponderosa pine. Shrubs and smaller trees more usually associated with lower altitudes are also present.

The trail begins at the Elden Lookout Trailhead parking lot. Start out on the main trail and at about 0.15 miles you will reach a fork. Take the right side trail to Fatman's Loop passing through a fence and following the base of the mountain. At 0.4 miles, you will see a sign for Fatman's loop and Elden Lookout, go left. At mile 1.5 you will reach another fork: right side leads up to Mt Elden . Take the left fork and it is all down hill from here. You will encounter huge rocks and the trail winds through gaps between these rocks. One such gap is about 4 feet wide giving the trail its name "Fatman's Loop".
Trail Distance:  2.4 miles round-trip
Elevation:  6900ft - 7470ft   (change 570ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  March to November
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  Ranger StationFollow Route 66 (which becomes Highway 89) past the entrance to the Flagstaff Mall and the Peaks Ranger District Office to a trailhead parking lot just off the north side of the street.Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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