Kendrick Peak

Flagstaff

Hike to one of the highest peaks in the state on this difficult and underrated hike northwest of Flagstaff.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
14 km
Ascent
810 m
Descent
810 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
Kendrick Peak Map

As the 11th or 12th highest peak in Arizona (depending on the source), this route to the summit of Kendrick Peak awards epic views, opportunities to see elk and mule deer, and a fire lookout tower atop the 10,400-foot summit. A great alternative to the popular Humphreys Peak hike, this 9ish-mile route meanders up the southern slopes of the mountain, passing through open meadows, fields of wildflowers, and alongside scarred Ponderosa Pine that burned in a wildfire in 2000. The peak is also one of several dome volcanos in the San Fransisco volcanic field, similar to Mount Elden, Bill Williams Mountain, and Sitegreaves Mountain, according to this source.

Description

Surrounded by the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, this hike offers tons of solitude compared to many others around Flagstaff. A manned and active fire tower awards commanding views from the summit, though it is only open in the summer months. Near the summit, you should also take time to appreciate the subtle changes in flora and fauna, particularly the Colorado Pinyon, Englemann Spruce, and limber pine that tend to grow at the highest elevations. According to Wikipedia, the mixture of plant life near Kendrick Peak is a rare occurrence in the region.

The trailhead for this hike is located off of Forest Road 190, which exists almost exclusively to access the Kendrick Trailhead. The primitive parking area is located off of a maintained dirt road, and most passenger vehicles shouldn't have any problem with ground clearance. There is no drinking water or facilities at the trailhead and no reliable water on the trail, the USFS notes.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KendrickPeak https://www.downthetrail.com/exploring-arizona/kendrick-peak-trail-flagstaff-arizona-kaibab-national-forest-22/ https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=75208

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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