Fatmans Loop Trail No. 25

Area Status: Open

Panoramic view of East Flagstaff was taken from Fatmans Loop by Brady Smith in Sept. 2008

For the most part, the Fatmans Loop is an easy walk, although it does have a few short steep sections. Scenic overlooks of Flagstaff, the city's eastern suburbs and the surrounding countryside make this a good place for a stroll when you have time to stop and enjoy the view. Along the route there are a number of interesting rock formations that bear witness to Mt. Elden's volcanic origins. One of these is a bit of a tight squeeze, hence the trail's name.

The area through which this trail leads supports a diverse community of plant species including upland trees such as white fir and ponderosa pine. Shrubs and smaller trees more usually associated with lower altitudes are also present. Among these are cliff rose, alligator juniper and broadleaf yucca. Wildlife you may encounter on this trail includes Abert's squirrels, pygmy nuthatches, mule deer and grey foxes along with more commonly encountered animals such as Steller's jays and ravens.

This trail provides access to the Elden Lookout Trail which continues two miles and 2,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Elden.

This panoramic view of East Flagstaff was taken from the Fatmans Loop by Brady Smith in Septem Fatmans Trail Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Owners must pick up after their pets. DO NOT leave bags of poop from your pets along the trail/trailhead. If your pet defecates, you must bag the poop and take it with you--not leaving it for picking up later. If you do not want to do this, do not bring your pet on these trails.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: April thru November
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ

General Information

General Notes:

Rating: Moderate

Hiking time: 1.5 hours

Notes: No motorized vehicles


USGS Map: Flagstaff East

GPS (Map): 35°13'49.1"N 111°34'45.2"W

Location: Near the Flagstaff Mall on Highway 89 in east Flagstaff.

Access: Follow Route 66 (which becomes Highway 89) past the Flagstaff Mall and the Flagstaff Ranger District Office to a trailhead parking lot just off the northwest side of the street.


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