Bismarck Lake Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located off FR 151 (Hart Prairie Road) on the west flank of the San Francisco Peaks. Bismarck Lake Trail is 1.5 miles long and terminates into the Arizona National Scenic Trail to the east. Bismarck Lake is an important water source for wildlife in the area but is often dry during the driest months of the year. The trail and lake are located in a large meadow and have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks. It is at an elevation of approximately 8500'. It's about 3 miles northwest of Snowbowl. Elk, deer and raptors are common sights here. This a fairly easy hike, making a gentle uphill climb from the trailhead to the Arizona Trail.


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Trails: Bismarck Lake

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information

General Notes:

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.


Access: From Flagstaff take 180 N, turn right on FR 151 (Hart Prairie Rd), turn right again on FR 627 and follow to trailhead.

GPS (Map): 35°21'42.2"N 111°43'60.0"W


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  Area/Length : 
1.5 Miles

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  Elevation : 
8500 at trailhead