climb to a summit with views.
||From Phoenix take I-17
north to Flagstaff. Follow Highway 180 north out of Flag to mile post
230. Turn left onto Forest Road (FR) 245. Follow 245 3.1 miles
to the end where it intersects with FR 171. Turn right onto 171 and
follow it 3.1 miles to FR 190. Turn right onto 190 (following the
sign to Kendrick Mtn.) and drive 0.5 miles to the well marked trailhead
Passenger car if the roads are dry
trail is impossible to miss.
at the trailhead for this hike describe a fire that occurred in May 24,
2000 burning 14,760 acres, (one of many that torched the southwest that
season). The fire started as a result of a lightening strike and
burned a patchwork around the Kendrick Mtn area. You will see
evidence of this fire during much of this hike. The trail starts out
as an old jeep track (7980 ft.) crossing a few fire breaks as it heads
through the burned Ponderosa Pine forest. Shortly the trail begins
climbing at a moderate grade which it maintains for the majority of it's
ascent. The trail switchbacks up the mountain for a while. At
a shoulder signed for Kendrick Lookout the trail becomes decidedly more
trail like and you'll begin passing through pretty forest with Englemann
Spruce and some nice stands of Aspen (which were a vibrant yellow when the
author was here). Note: though the Aspen bark may be white and
smooth, please try to refrain from leaving a bit of woodland graffiti
carved in it's trunk. After topping a rise you will cross a field
with an old forest service cabin. A short climb later brings you to
the summit of Kendrick (10,400 ft.) where a lookout tower stands
(locked). After enjoying the view return the way you came.
You will doubtlessly see several people on this hike, but it's a nice 1/2 day trip if you've spent the morning in the car from
Phoenix. It's also a good warm up if your not used to exercise
at these higher elevations. The author and his wife completed this
hike in 4 hours.
||Coconino National Forest
Favorite Hikes, Flagstaff & Sedona', Cosmic Ray
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