This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers

AZ Central (July 18, 2019) by Mare Czinar

Wildflower season is in full bloom in Flagstaff’s Dry Lake Hills area.

Recent logging and forest-clearing operations that had closed many of the trails that meander through the diverse terrain of Coconino National Forest — north of 9,299-foot Mount Elden — are gradually finishing up, and several paths are now open.

One particularly productive wildflower trail that’s outside the closed area is the Little Elden Trail to Schultz Tank. This multifaceted gem traces the north flanks of 9,018-foot Little Elden Mountain through a mix of mixed-conifer woodlands, aspen glens, sunny meadows and a variety of blooming plant communities.

From the trailhead, follow the 0.3-mile access path to the Little Elden Trail, which doubles as part of the Arizona Trail’s Passage 32.

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