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Fisher Point Via Sandy's Canyon

Sandy's canyon trail
Cave off of the Sandy's canyon trail
San Francisco peaks as seen from Fisher point
Dramatic cliffs of Sandy's canyon
Views from Fisher Point
Along Sandy's canyon trail
San Francisco Peaks seen from Sandy's Canyon trail
Sandy's canyon trail
Views from Fisher point
Hiking along Sandy's canyon trail
Natural cave on the Sandy's Canyon trail
Map: Sandy's Canyon trail to Fisher point
Elevation plot: Sandy's Canyon trail to Fisher point


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

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to the point where I-40, I-17, and HWY89A meet. Take the Lake Mary Road exit and head south. Go 5.6 miles on this road to the Canyon Vista Campground turn on your left. You'll need to park at the entrance of the campground, as there is no parking at the trailhead. Once you've parked, take the short walk through the campground to the signed trailhead.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

7.30 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
7.3 miles round trip.
3.00 [Hours]
It took me three hours moving at a strong pace.
Elevation Change
650 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 650 ft ascent total to climb out of the canyon to Fisher point and then again to reach the trailhead.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
July 12, 2015


Solitude Details
I was pleased with the solitude on this hike. We probably only saw about 6 other hikers, despite the fact that several trails intersect in this area.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
I always like canyon hikes. This is a Moderate hike because of the climbing up to Fisher point.


Be Aware of
Multiple trails in the area

Hike to Fisher Point via the Sandy's Canyon trail near Flagstaff, Arizona.

This hike starts on a well marked and signed trail towards 'The Pit', which is a popular outdoor rock climbing area. Going straight gets you to the canyon wall for the climbing, but we don't want to go there. Instead, turn left on the trail signed for Fisher Point (JCT_1L on the map) and go left along the canyon wall to a signed route down (JCT_2R on the map).

From this point, the hike trail travels along the bottom of Sandy's Canyon. This part of the hike is flat and relaxing. Keep your eyes out for the many deer and Elk that call this area their home. After passing the signed trail fork to Marshall Lake (JCT_3L) stay left here to continue on to Fisher point. Further hiking will get to a point where the canyon opens up to a meadow. To the left is a 3.7 mile trail to Lone Tree Road in Flagstaff (JCT_4R on the map). Stay right at this fork and walk another 0.1 miles to another fork (JCT_5L on the map). To the right is a trail through Walnut Canyon. You should be able to see a cave here as the canyon momentarily opens up to a meadow. Instead of heading towards the cave, turn left here and continue following the trail as it switchbacks up to the point above the cave.  Follow the signs to Fisher point (JCT_6R and JCT_7R on the map) to eventually reach Fisher point. There are excellent views of the San Francisco peaks and the surrounding area. This is a nice spot for lunch.

After lunch and a break, return the way you came. It's worth a side trip to 'The Pit' to watch the climbers, just watch for falling rocks and stay a respectful distance away.



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