Passage #32 - Elden Mountain
Location: Interstate 40 to Schultz Pass
Length: 13.7 miles
Southern Access Point: Old Walnut Canyon Road Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 35.20249° N, 111.48559° W
- Access: From Flagstaff, travel east on I 40 and take the Walnut
Canyon National Monument exit. Head south for 3.5 miles, then turn right/west at Old
Walnut Canyon Road (FR 303). The road will turn to dirt and is not passable for
passenger cars or trucks with horse trailers. The trailhead is almost 4 miles west
on the south side of FR 303.
Northern Access Point: Schultz Pass
- GPS Coordinates: 35.28684° N, 111.62627° W
- Access: To reach the starting point, drive on Interstate 17 (or
I-40) to downtown Flagstaff, and drive north on Highway 180 (North Fort Valley
Road). After you pass the Sechrist School on the right (east), continue 1.5
miles and then turn right (northeast) on Schultz Pass Road (FR 420). Follow
this paved road 0.7 mile, turning left (north) at the fork in the road. Continue
north for 3.9 miles to a small parking area on the right (south) side of
Schultz Pass Road. The AZT can be found on the north side of Schultz Pass
Road across from the parking area.
Trail Route Description: The trail heads north, goes under some
railroad tracks and heads west. It follows Wildcat Canyon and after several
junctions and a gate, the trail reaches FR 510. From here it works its way
north and west, and across a large open area. After reaching a road it follows
it due west for a short distance and then continues northwest up to the Rio
de Flag and a bridged crossing. Climbing out of this drainage the trail
crosses numerous 2-track roads and then goes under Highway 89. A turn to the
northeast and it reaches the junction to the Sandy Seep Trailhead. The route
now follows the Sandy Seep Trail, connects with the Little Elden Trail, climbs
up and around Little Elden Mountain and then reaches Schultz Pass Road and the
Schultz Pass Trailhead.
Season(s): Spring, Summer and Fall
(current weather forecast)
Water: There are no reliable water sources on this passage.
Water can sometimes be found in some of the drainages the trail crosses and
there is water in the city of Flagstaff.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
The water in the Rio de Flag is contaminated and should not be used.
USGS Topographic Maps: Winona, Flagstaff East, Sunset Crater West and
Coconino National Forest - Visitors Guide.
Coconino National Forest - Recreational Opportunity Guide.
Coconino National Forest map.
BLM Information Center maps.
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