Little Elden Trail No. 69

Little Elden Springs Trailhead View

Little Elden Trailhead View: View of snow covered Peaks and yellow aspen near Little Elden Trailhead. Taken October 2009 by Patty Ringle.

The Little Elden Trail leads the user into the heart of the Peaks trail system, at Schultz Tank. From this point you can connect to the Dry Lake Hills/Mount Elden trails to the south, or the Kachina Peaks Wilderness trail system to the north.

The Little Elden Trail winds along the north side of Little Elden Mountain through stands of gamble oak and Ponderosa pine.

At a Glance

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

General Information


Location: 3 miles north of Flagstaff off US 89.

GPS (Map): 35°16'48.6"N 111°35'12.8"W

USGS Map: Sunset Crater West

Elevation: 7,200' to 7,800'

Access: Drive 5 miles northeast of Flagstaff on US 89. Turn west (left) on FR 556 (Little Elden Springs Road) and drive 2 miles to Little Elden trailhead located on the north (right) side of the road. Equestrian can park at the Sunset Trailhead or the trailhead just west of the Little Elden Springs horse camp on FR 556.

The trail may also be accessed from Schultz Tank or via the Sandy Seep Trail.


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Little Elden Trail Map


General Notes:

Rating: Easy

Hiking time: 2.5 hours


  • Mountain bikers and hikers should use this trail with caution, and always yield to horseback riders.
  • An equestrian water source is located at Shultz Tank.

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4.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
7235 at trailhead


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