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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness Monitoring

Trip Details are now available!

This Wild Stew weekend will consist of car camping with two day hikes (~8-9 miles each day) to monitor all three of the maintained trails providing access to the wilderness - Pumpkin Trail, Bull Basin Trail, and Kendrick Mountain Trail. All of the trails are considered to be challenging with big elevation gains and trail erosion from a wildfire in 2000.

On Saturday we will hike the north side of the wilderness to monitor the Pumpkin Trail up to the summit of Kendrick Mountain, and loop back on the Bull Basin Trail (~8-9 miles). Sunday morning we will venture to the south side of the wilderness to hike the Kendrick Mountain Trail (~8 miles). 

Additional Details!

About Kendrick Mountain Wilderness

Kendrick Mountain Wilderness was established in 1984, with 6,510 acres. This wilderness encompasses Kendrick Peak, one of the highest peaks in the vast San Francisco volcanic field located on the Coconino Plateau in north-central Arizona. Reaching an elevation of 10,418-ft, the summit affords views of the surrounding plateau and volcanic field. A fire lookout was first established on the summit in the early 1900's, and continues to be staffed to this day. In 2000 the entire wilderness was involved in a large wildfire. Fire intensities ranged from light to very severe, with more intensely burned areas most evident on the west, north, and east slopes of the peak. Montane mixed conifer forests are present in the unburned and lightly burned areas. Natural recovery processes are occurring in more intensely burned areas, with aspens and other early seral species becoming established in those areas. Unstable volcanic soils have undergone severe erosion on the steeper slopes within burned areas, and will take many more years to stabilize.

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  • Winnie

    Sorry to have to back out too at the last minute (unforeseen circumstances) but hope everyone has a great time.

    July 11, 2014

  • Mike S.

    I run a waste water plant and we had an equipment failure this week, and I unfortunately will need to stay close to Phoenix. My apologies for the last minute notice. See you next time, I was really looking forward to this hike.


    July 11, 2014

    • Carla O.

      Thanks for the update, Mike!

      July 11, 2014

  • clifford w.

    am in Flagstaff, will try Humphreys tomorrow, where do we camp for the wild stew weekend?

    July 10, 2014

    • Carla O.

      Hi Clifford - we'll be camping in a meadow nearby the Pumpkin Trailhead. Directions to the camping site are in the driving directions section of the Trip Details:­

      July 10, 2014

    • Carla O.

      (there will also be an AWC sign at the location) Let us know if you have any questions - enjoy your Humphrey's hike, the monsoons are active and beautiful!

      July 10, 2014

  • Diane

    I just hiked the Bull Basin and the Pumpkin Trails today. The Pumpkin trail is in good shape, but there are LOTS of downed trees on the Bull Basin trail. The Connector trail between Pumpkin and Bull Basin also needs work and is difficult to follow in places.

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • Robert K.

    Went up the Kendrick Trail to the lookout and back last Saturday. Trail is in great shape!

    2 · June 2, 2014

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