Aspen Loop Trail No. 73

  

View from the Aspen Loop Trailhead

Bring your camera on this spectacular 2.5 mile hike. Situated on sloping meadows and open glades high on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks, the Aspen Loop Trail affords unhindered views of the volcanic field to the west and the Grand Canyon to the north. The Peaks loom high above with fine views of the nearby Arizona Snowbowl.

Beginning at the Humphreys Trailhead and branching west, the way leads through micro habitats where sun-loving wildflowers and grasses alternate with shade plants and ferns along the trail’s winding, 300-foot elevation change. Birds of the open glades abound: flickers, jays, juncos, and warblers. Aspen, spruce, and pine stand along the trail, including several large bristlecones. Higher up the Peaks, these trees can live well over a thousand years!

Completed in 2007 by the Forest Service in cooperation with the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Flagstaff Biking, Arizona Trail Association, Coconino Trail Riders, CREC, and Gore Corporation, the trail offers opportunities to learn about northern Arizona’s volcanoes, its habitat extremes, and all the ways we protect and enjoy our beloved Peaks.

 

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Trails: Aspen Loop No. 73

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: May thru November
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information

General Notes:

Rating: easy to moderate

Hiking time: up to an hour

Note: no motorized vehicle use

Arizona Trail Note: This trail intersects the San Francisco Peaks (South) #34 of the Arizona Trail [AZ Trail]. See the Arizona Trail Association website for maps and information for this National Scenic Trail.

 

Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these Leave No Trace principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

Trail Etiquette:

Bikes yield to horses and people; people yield to horses.

  • You're sharing the trail with others; be safe and courteous.
  • Observe regulations; stay on designated trails and avoid muddy areas and vegetation.
  • All users yield to equestrians; mountain bikers yield to all others.
  • Keep pets leashed at all times.

Directions:

Location: north of Flagstaff on US 180 seven miles and seven miles up Snowbowl Road

Access: From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for 7 miles to FR 516, the Snowbowl Road. Drive 7.4 miles on this paved road to the lower parking lot (no. 9) of the Snowbowl facility. The trailhead is located at the north end of the parking lot.

GPS (Map): 35°19'52.5"N 111°42'44.7"W

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles

  Latitude : 
35.33125

  Longitude : 
-111.712429

  Elevation : 
8600 - 9266

 

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