Elden Lookout

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On the Elden lookout trail
View of Flagstaff from Elden lookout trail
Fall colors on Mount Elden
fall colors on Mount Elden trail
Fall colors on Mount Elden
Map - Elden Lookout
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Views from Mount Elden trail
The Elden lookout trail

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Flagstaff, AZ.

From the Flagstaff area, take HWY 89 towards Page, AZ. After you pass the junction for HWY-66 and I-40, and after you pass the Flagstaff mall, McDonalds, and Safeway on your right, check your left for the sign for the Mount Elden Trailhead.
city
flagstaff
state
az
Region
Northern Arizona

Hike details

Distance
6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
6.0 miles to the summit and back
Time
5.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us five hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
2,400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 2400 ft gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back

Season

Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Date Hike completed
January 11, 2006

Solitudue

Solitude
Low
Solitude Details
This area can be popular during weekends and holidays. Expect to meet 20-40 other hikers.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Difficult
difficulty detail
Climbing to views is always hard, but always rewarding. This hike rewards your efforts with a great view of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. This is a strenuous hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
Quickly changing weather, High Altitude

Hike up Mount Elden using the Elden lookout trail near Flagstaff, Arizona.

This trail starts innocently enough up a trail called Fat Man's Loop. There are several trails in the area, but they are flat and skirt the base of the mountains. The junctions are well signed and the trail is easy to follow. Just keep following the signs that lead you at first on Fat Man's Loop, then to Elden lookout trail. The trail you want goes up. At the top of Fat Man's Loop, the lookout trail goes up via a series of switchbacks.

Once you get to the top, break out lunch and enjoy the view. You have great views of Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, and the San Francisco peaks from the top.

Bring some snacks as well as plenty of water. Dress in layers, as the top of the peak is windy and chilly.

Watch the weather closely. If dark clouds begin to form or you hear thunder or see lightning, call it a day and hustle down the mountain. Lightning strikes the peak of Elden on a regular basis and you don't want to be near it when it does.  

This is a great Arizona hike. Enjoy!

If you're up for some additional hiking, you could try the Elden-Heart trail loop hike.

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