Kendrick Peak

Flagstaff

An underrated and lightly-trafficked trail run, and popular alternative to summiting Humphreys Peak.

Trail Running Difficult

Distance
14 km
Ascent
810 m
Descent
810 m
Duration
2-3 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 running to the top of Humphreys Peak, 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. It also climbs nearly 2,800' along the rugged and narrow trail, so pack your best pair of trail shoes and consider bringing trekking poles if you're comfortable running with them.

Description

Surrounded by the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, this trail run 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 warmer months. The southern rim of the Grand Canyon is even visible on a clear day. 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 unique mixture of plant life near Kendrick Peak is a rare occurrence in the region.

The trailhead for this Kendrick Peak is located off of Forest Road 190, which exists almost exclusively to access the trail. 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

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

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