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Friday, July 23, 2010

WEATHERFORD TRAIL

WEATHERFORD TRAIL Coconino National Forest Although it’s a long and difficult trek, breathtaking scenery and ever-changing eco-systems mitigate the physical pain of taking on this quintessential mountain trail. In less than nine miles, hikers are treated to a stunning journey that begins in grassy glens and ends abruptly on barren tundra beneath Arizona’s highest peaks. From dewy thistles in green alpine meadows to hardy bristlecone pines clinging to bare volcanic scree---this tough route showcases the complexity of nature on San Francisco Mountain. HIGHLIGHTS: high altitude forests, alpine meadows and Arizona’s only tundra environment LENGTH: 12 miles roundtrip (to Doyle saddle) 16.5 miles roundtrip (to Fremont saddle) 17.5 miles roundtrip (to Humphreys Peak) ELEVATION: 8,800 – 10,700 feet (11,350 to Humphreys junction, 12,633 to summit) RATING: difficult BEST SEASONS: April - October DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 155 miles one-way GETTING THERE: From Flagstaff, go north on US 180 to Schultz Pass Road (Forest Road 420). A HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE IS REQUIRED ON FR 420. Turn left and continue 6 miles to the Schultz Tank trailhead. INFORMATION: Peaks Ranger District (928) 526-0866,  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/peaks/weatherford-tr.shtml

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