NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles. The nearest vehicle access point is on Babbitt Drive near the I-40 underpass at 35.188155° N, 111.631395° W.
Fisher Point has no road access. The closest trail access is on Trail #106 from Canyon Vista Campground, 4 miles south of Flagstaff on FR3.
Northern Access Point: Schultz Pass
GPS Coordinates: 35.27279° N, 111.65262° W
NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles. The nearest vehicle access point is on FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road) at 35.272490° N, 111.647840° W.
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. Passage 33 crosses Schultz Pass Road at this location and connects to Passage 34 on the north side of Schultz Pass Road.
Trail Route Description
Passage 33 is an urban route across the center of the city of Flagstaff. This section begins at the bottom of Walnut Canyon near Fisher Point and uses a combination of dirt paths and asphalt to wind its way across the city and eventually to reconnect to the AZT’s Passage 32 north of Flagstaff.
The route follows several drainages, climbs over small ridges, and passes through an underpass at one of the city’s busiest intersections at Ponderosa Parkway (formerly Enterprise Road). The AZT climbs to McMillan Mesa on city streets and the Flagstaff Urban Trails System. This section provides easy access to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, hotels, gear shops and more!
North of the city, the trail enters Buffalo Park and the Dry Lake Hills Trail System. It continues uphill to the national forest boundary and eventually reaches a junction that connects back to Passage 34.
Water may be found year round at numerous businesses along the route in Flagstaff and at the Buffalo Park Trailhead. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
All the water found in creeks and springs on this passage should be purified prior to use.
The Coconino National Forest has expanded the boundaries of the existing year-round camping and campfire ban located adjacent to the City of Flagstaff in an attempt to lower the hazard from human-caused wildfires. A full map of the expanded camping and campfire ban, which went into effect May 1, 2023, is available on the Coconino National Forest’s website. This information is also on all Arizona Trail navigational resources, including the FarOut app, topo maps, passage maps, website, and other important resources so AZT users know where they can camp outside the restricted areas. For thru-hikers utilizing the Flagstaff Urban Route (Passage 33), the longest distance to cover is 13.5 miles – from Flagstaff to Snowbowl Road. Section hikers have much greater distances to cover to avoid the camping ban area, especially along Passages 32 and 34. In addition to addressing the immediate concern for future large human-caused wildfires, the expansion is part of a long-term risk reduction strategy focused on forest health and resiliency. The change was made in response to public feedback, with support from the Arizona Trail Association. If you're planning multi-day trips on the AZT near Flagstaff, please be aware of where you can and cannot camp.
Arizona Republic (September 16, 2021) by Mare Czinar Slung between the edge-hugging dirt track of Schultz Pass Road and the sheer foothills below Mount Elden, Schultz Creek Trail rolls out like an emerald half-pipe. Because of its fluid, north-south track, hairpin turns and mild jumps, the historic route in the Mount Elden-Dry Lakes Hills area just a few miles north of downtown Flagstaff is a magnet for mountain bikers as well as hikers who don’t mind sharing the path with swooping wheeled traffic. The pine-cloistered trail clings to ledges above numerous drainages and the course of Schultz Creek. The U-shaped space through which the trail runs is short on mountain views but long on woodland diversity. Throughout the hike, slash piles — pyramids of cut logs and brush — are stacked neatly off to the side. The piles are part of the ongoing Midway portion of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, a joint effort of state, city and Coconino National Forest teams to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and post-fire flooding through treatments such as tree thinning and fuels reduction. Forest service contractors will use heavy equipment to move the piles in the vicinity of Schultz Pass now through March. Trail users should...
AZ Central (May 24, 2021) Click here to read about the top 14 things to do around Flagstaff this summer, including hiking, running or riding on Flagstaff's world-famous trails -- many of which connect to the Arizona Trail! Beautiful photos accompany all of the activities within the Arizona Trail's premier gateway community.
Signals (April 5, 2021) The 300-acre McMillan Mesa Natural Area is one of the last intact native grasslands within the city of Flagstaff and provides habitat for deer, prairie dogs, American kestrels, and other fauna. To preserve the native grassland, the city of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program will work with partners to remove invasive trees, starting on April 7, 2021. Six large Russian Olive trees and over 100 Siberian Elm trees were identified for removal, mainly along the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) and Arizona Trail within the McMillan Mesa Natural Area. Removing these trees will reduce invasive plant populations, allowing native plants to thrive while protecting the native grassland from tree encroachment. This project will also help make the area more resilient to wildfire. Given that these invasive trees provide shade and buffer along popular recreational routes funding for canopy restoration efforts will be pursued to replace removed vegetation with native tree species in areas most impacted. Russian Olive and Siberian Elm invade grasslands and meadows, use and hold large amounts of groundwater, form dense thickets that close open areas, and displace native vegetation. For questions about the invasive tree removal and restoration project for McMillan Mesa Natural Area,...