Passage #34 - San Francisco Peaks

Humphreys Peak Location:  Schultz Pass to Cedar Ranch

Length:  36.0 miles

Southern Trailhead:  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.

Northern Trailhead:  Cedar Ranch
- GPS Coordinates:  35.54733° N, 111.78292° W
- Access: From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 about 33.0 miles and turn right (east) onto FR 417 near mile marker 248 (if you reach the Kaibab National Forest sign, you’ve gone too far by 0.4 miles). Continue 5.2 miles to a point just a short distance north of Cedar Ranch Headquarters, where a side road (FR 9008A) leaves FR 417 to the left. The next passage begins here and follows FR 9008A northward.

Trail Route Description:  From the Schultz Tank parking lot the route proceeds north on the Weatherford/Kachina trail for a short distance and then turns left (west) on new single-track trail. It works its way west-northwest across the Fort Valley Experimental Forest for about 7.4 miles to the Snowbowl Road. After crossing Snowbowl Road it climbs steeply for the next 4 miles, gaining about 1,400 ft to the bottom end of the Aspen Loop connector trail. From here the trail passes Lew Tank, and the junction with the Bismarck Lake TH access trail, and Bismarck Lake. The trail then trends northward down the slope, across several two-track roads and through an aspen grove to FR-418. It heads north-northwest around the base of the White Horse Hills, joins a two-track for a short distance, and then leaves the road and works its way northeast up to FR 514 and Kelly Tank. The trail parallels FR 514 and then continues to the north when FR 514 turns to the east. The route crosses FR 523 and begins following FR 416. It passes Badger Tank and Bonita Tank, and then the route turns to the northwest and travels to Missouri Bill Hill. It skirts around the west side of this hill, heads northwest to FR 417 and then west over to Cedar Ranch.

The trail north of Humphreys Peak Difficulty:  Moderate

Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall (current weather forecast)

Water:  Water can usually be found at Schultz Tank (at the end of the previous passage) and at Alfa Fia Tank. Water can sometimes be found at Kelly Tank and East Cedar Tank.


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Humphreys Peak, White Horse Hills and S P Mountain.
  • Coconino National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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