Red Mountain Trail, in Flagstaff, AZ

Highlights: Amazing scenery and interesting geologyHighlights: Amazing scenery and interesting geology

Near: Flagstaff, AZ

Distance: 2.65 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Clothing: Shoes & windbreaker jacket

Hike Time: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Out and Back

This hike takes you to one of the most interesting reminders of the Flagstaff area’s volcanic past.

You’ll start off in a pinion/juniper forest, notice the many victims of the recent bark beetle infestation. The first 2/3’s of the hike follows an old primitive road, the last part of the hike follows a dry wash lined with volcanic cinder sand. Just before entering the cinder cone the forest type changes form juniper/pinion to ponderosa pine forest.

Near the end of the trail, you’ll climb a 6-foot ladder between two portal-like volcanic formations and find yourself within a surreal landscape of rock spires and sheer cliff walls.
Be sure and bring your camera!


Follow Hwy 180 north of Flagstaff approx 30 miles. Look for the road sign for Red Mountain Trail on the west side of Hwy 180. There will be a parking lot and a well-marked trailhead about 1/4 mi off the highway. (Lat:35.53706 Lon:-111.879)