Long-Term AZT Detour on Passage 42
On October 6, 2020, the District Ranger for the North Kaibab Ranger District approved the continued closure of a 2-mile segment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the interest of public safety. This area cuts through a narrow canyon section of the Arizona Trail that was badly burned in the Mangum Fire.
This section of the Arizona Trail will likely be closed for around 2 years since the trail will need to be re-built once the soils move and are done moving significantly.
Below is the approved detour map that will help Arizona Trail users safely find their way. It will be signed on the ground by the Forest Service.
This summer the Arizona Trail Association completed a walk-through of the area with the USFS, and what we found were large stands of dead (and burned) trees as well as eroded and barren slopes. These hazards are still prevalent in the area, and no improvements have been made to the trail. In high winds or inclement weather, this area is likely to experience mudslides, road washouts, and falling trees. If you still plan to recreate in this area, please exercise extreme caution.