The trail follows an old road to the rim of Walnut Canyon and follows along the rim for about 0.7 mile through ponderosa, volcanic outcrops and boulder fields. Horizontal strata of Kaibab Limestone form the cliffs visible on the opposite side.
A sign marks the spot where the trail descends Sandy’s Canyon (35 ° 07.883’N, 111 ° 36.367’W). Aspen, wild grape vines, and poison ivy can be found during this short descent to the floor of Walnut Canyon (0.2 mile). Then the trail crosses Walnut Creek and continues down the canyon ½ mile and emerges into a meadow at the junction with the Arizona Trail (1.4 miles from trailhead). This could be our turn around point. Otherwise it's a 6-mile round trip to Fisher's Point.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. However, since this is an out-n-back trail route, hikers may choose their own pace and distance. We will all turn around and return at a predetermined, agreed upon time or, using walkie talkies, at whatever time we otherwise unanimously agree upon while on the trail. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours
Here is a link to the Forest Service trail description:
Distance : 3-6 miles out n back . . TBD
Difficulty : easy-moderate
Trail : forest trail, switchbacks, old logging road
change : 700 ft. (?)
Tailhead GPS: 35° 07’ 30.78” N, 111° 35’ 55.46” W
Parking : lot
Entry fees : no
Dogs : OK
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Have light rain gear available.
(Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are common at high altitudes July – September.)
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions
To get there: Take I-17 north about 125 miles to exit 339 for Lake Mary Rd. toward Mormon Lake. Take Lark Mary Rd. (National Forest Rd. Route 3) 7.9 miles (just past the second cattle guard and the Flagstaff city limit sign at milepost 338.4?). Turn left at the entrance to the Canyon Vista Campground and drive through to the trailhead parking lot (35 ° 07.540’N, 111 ° 35.920’W. Park in the Lot.
Google says this trail head is about 2 hr. 15 min. from the intersection of the 101 and I-17 . . 133 miles.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas money but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
NOTE: If you are carpooling, please take mercy on your driver. Gas roundtrip may be up to $45.
Following the hike : We will reconvene locally fro rehydration and refueling... perhaps at Beaver Street Brewery.