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Lakeview Trail

Views from the lookout at the end of the Lakeview trail
Hiking along the Lakeview trail
Hiking along the Lakeview trail
At the lookout... Lakeview trail
Views from the Lakeview trail lookout
Map: Lakeview trail
Elevation plot: Lakeview trail


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 about 20 miles on this road to the turnoff to the Mormon Lake Road on the right. Turn right here and go 5.0 miles to the turnoff to the Double Spring Campground. Park at the sign on your left (may be hidden by other cars) near the entrance to the campground. After parking, walk into the campground a few hundred yards to find the signed trailhead on your left.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

2.80 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
2.80 miles round trip.
1.50 [Hours]
It took us about 1.5 hours with a 15 minute break at the top.
Elevation Change
400 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 400 ft gain to the viewpoint.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
January 05, 2006


Solitude Details
Considering the proximity to an active campground, the solitude was pretty good. We saw about 4 other hikers on a Memorial Day Weekend.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Pleasant and relaxing, ending at a nice view at the summit. This is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
Not much parking at trailhead

Hike along the Lakeview trail near Flagstaff, Arizona.

This hike starts near the front of the Double Spring campground and is well signed. Starting by crossing a small stream, the trail is well established and easy to follow. A sign early in the trail lists the distance at 2.0 miles, which conflicts with the 1.4 one way miles we measured with our GPS... so don't believe the sign.

While the trail gains steadily in elevation, it never feels steep. The trail winds through a pine forest for the entirety of the hike. Hiking through this forest is pleasant and not strenuous. Relaxing is the word that comes to mind when describing it. At the signed junction with the Arizona Trail (JCT_1R on the map) stay right to stay on the Lakeview trail.

After 1.4 miles of hiking, you reach a rocky overlook that reveals views of Mormon Lake. It is a nice spot to relax and have a snack while enjoying the views.

When ready, return the way you came. Enjoy!


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