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Thursday, July 2, 2009

FATMANS LOOP

FATMANS LOOP TRAIL Coconino National Forest Named for a narrow rock passage on the foothills of lava dome volcano, the Fatmans Loop #25 is one of the most popular hiking trails in Flagstaff. A great destination for kids because of its short length and continually changing points of interest, the route gives the feeling of being “out there” without cutting the umbilical cord to civilization. The highlight of the hike is Fatmans Pass, where hikers must shimmy through a set of narrow boulder passages in the shadow of Elden Mountain. Because of the easy-to-follow path, terrific vista views, and lots of cool shade, the fact that the “golden arches” are visible on the horizon doesn’t sully the experience in the least. HIGHLIGHTS: Close-to-town, easy-to-follow and great views of Flagstaff. LENGTH: 2-mile loop RATING: easy ELEVATION: 6,900’ – 7,500’ Driving distance from Phoenix: 150 miles one-way GETTING THERE: From Flagstaff, travel north on AZ89 to the signed “Mt. Elden Trailhead” which is located just past milepost 419. Information: (928) 526-0866 or fs.fed.us/r3/Coconino

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