Location

  • Fisher Point to Passage 34 Junction

Length

  • 14.8 miles

Southern Access Point: Fisher Point

  • GPS Coordinates: 35.15093° N, 111.59998° W
  • 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.

Access

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.

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. 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

The southern end of this passage begins at the bottom of Walnut Canyon near Fisher Point. The route starts up Skunk Canyon, follows several drainages, climbs over several small ridges, goes through a fence and descends down into the Rio de Flag drainage. It there encounters an asphalt road that is an extension of Babbitt Drive. Follow this road uphill for 0.60 miles to Butler Avenue (Taco Bell). Turn right and go 0.15 miles to Ponderosa Parkway (McDonalds). Turn left on Ponderosa Parkway and go 0.20 miles to Route 66. Cross Route 66 at the light and continue on Ponderosa Parkway past the Fire Station. Angle left on the paved FUTS path that parallels Ponderosa Parkway and follow the signs to the top of McMillan Mesa. Continue following the FUTS path as it cuts north and east across the mesa with the St. Francis Catholic Church on the right (pray for safe trails?). Cross the bridge over Cedar Ave. When you approach the water tank in Buffalo Park bear right to follow the path to the Dale Shewalter Memorial. If you turn left at the water tank you will find water and port-o-potties. From either route, continue north on the main path through Buffalo Park until you reach the Lower Oldham Trail.

It climbs up along the side of Mount Elden and joins the Rocky Ridge Trail. It passes a trailhead and works its way west over to the Schultz Creek Trailhead. The route now follows the Schultz Creek Trail up and around to a trail junction. The route cuts back to the west, crosses FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road) and climbs up to the junction with the San Francisco Peaks passage and the end of this passage.

If approaching Flagstaff from the north, enter Buffalo Park from Lower Oldham Trail and follow the main path south. The first alternative is to look for the Arizona Trail sign directing you southeast to the Dale Shewalter Memorial and around the left side of the large water tank. If you want water or port-o-potties continue straight past the Arizona Trail sign to the Buffalo Park entrance and then continue around the right side of the water tank to find the trail continuing over the bridge, across McMillan Mesa, and down the FUTS trail paralleling Ponderosa Parkway to Route 66. Cross Route 66 where Ponderosa becomes Enterprise Rd. Follow Enterprise for 0.20 miles. Go right on Butler for 0.15 mile to Babbitt Drive. Go left on Babbitt for 0.60 miles where the asphalt ends and the trail soon enters the woods.


Difficulty

  • Moderate

Season(s)


Water

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/.


Notes/Warnings

  • All the water found in creeks and springs on this passage should be purified prior to use.

Resources

  • Map of Passage 33
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Flagstaff East, Flagstaff West and Humphreys Peak.
  • Coconino National Forest – Visitors Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest – Recreational Opportunity Guide.
  • Coconino National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

For more information


Current Passage Info

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Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Due to significant precipitation received across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona, fire restrictions and certain area closures will be lifted starting at noon on Tuesday, June 28. Fire-related area closures will remain in effect around the perimeters of the Pipeline and Haywire fires but have been reduced in size. The decision to lift fire restrictions was made based on the amount of precipitation both received and forecasted across both forests. While a ban on campfires and smoking has been lifted, visitors are reminded that fireworks are never allowed on National Forest land at any time. Please check National Forest websites before traveling and recreating to learn more about area closures and restrictions, which can change rapidly.
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The Pipeline Fire started on June 12 near the Fort Valley Trail System and quickly consumed over 22,888 acres between Schultz Creek and Highway 89. Driven by dry conditions and winds in excess of 50 m.p.h., the fire necessitated an immediate evacuation of all campers and visitors on the Forest. On June 13, the Coconino National Forest issued an official closure order, which includes 47 miles of the Arizona Trail. Please don't venture onto any road or trail between I-40, Highway 89, Highway 180, and Forest Road 523. This impacts the following AZT Passages: Passage 32 (Elden Mountain) and 34 (San Francisco Peaks) from I-40 (AZT mile 573.8) and FR 523 (mile 613.5). Passage 33 (Flagstaff Urban Route) from Buffalo Park (AZT mile 7.3) and Schultz Pass Road (mile 14.7) No detours or reroutes of the Arizona Trail are available at this time. For more information on the Pipeline Fire, please visit Inciweb online.
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Due to extreme fire danger, the Coconino National Forest has issued a closure order for camping and campfires near Flagstaff. There is no overnight camping permitted along the following passages and mileages (using the FarOut app): Passage 31 (Walnut Canyon) from Sandys Canyon Trail (mile 554.8) to Walnut Canyon Road (mile 565.2) Passage 32 (Elden Mountain) from Railroad Tracks (mile 567.5) to Heart Trail (mile 576.0) Passage 33 (Flagstaff Urban Route) from Sandys Canyon (mile 0) to Fort Valley Trails (mile 12.8) Click here to view the current Camping and Fire Restriction Order.  
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