At the feet, this southeastern slope of Mount Elden looks like a cast in stone. This trail escorts you up to the frozen lava, up above the mountain’s summit to Flagstaff. The route starts as a slow climb, along the shorter and less steep Fatman’s Loop. Along the way are the breathtaking views as well as intimate areas of the beautiful geology of the place. There are many species of cactus at the top, which is surprising as the weather conditions are cold here. This area experienced a massive outbreak of fire in 1977, since then it has recovered beautifully and is an exquisite example of how magnificently nature recuperates.
How to Reach Mount Elden
- By Bus: To Fort Valley Rd. / Winding Brook Rd. (The Peaks) bus station
- By Train: To Amtrak Station - FLG train station
- By rented car or taxi.
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Mount Elden Reviews & Ratings
The hike to get up here is a little on the difficult side, but the views up top are great! Any hike that ends by a fire watch lookout tower is a good one in my book!
Awesome views from the top and along the way up from the Parking Lot off Hwy 89. With that said, this hike is no joke. Its tough but rewarding. Number one advice: Take your time. Take regular water and rest breaks. Bring along trekking poles if you have them. They are a ton of help. Also bring plenty of water. The higher you go the more water you need. A round hat will also help. For the most part, the trail is well marked but its still possible to get off track. So pay attention. Hope this helps.
Spent two and half hours to reach the peak. Great view of northern Arizona on the top of the mountain. Best time after snow, if you are not afraid of cold. The trail is pretty challenging, starting from the Fatman loop parking lot.
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