|A dusting of snow covers the San Francisco Peaks|
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
FLAGSTAFF FALL FOLIAGE 2011: ASPEN NATURE LOOP
Nice crisp weather in Flagstaff over the past few days will coax out the color below the peaks making this a perfect week for leaf-peeping! Got kids in tow? Try this short, easy fall foliage trek:
ASPEN NATURE LOOP
For those who want to experience Arizona’s fall foliage on foot but don’t have much time or hiking experience; this scenic loop trail at the base of Flagstaff’s Snowbowl ski area is just the ticket. Although short in length, this trail packs its dance card with views of the San Francisco Peaks and Kendrick Mountain, yawning vistas reaching all the way to Williams, lush meadows and, of course, brilliant aspen “conga lines” adorned in wispy honey-colored crowns.
ELEVATION: 9,270’ – 9,540’
KID FRIENDLY?: yes!
DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 160 miles one way
From Flagstaff, go 7.5 miles north on US180 to milepost 223, turn right onto Snowbowl Road and continue 6.2 miles to the Humphreys trailhead on the left. Hike begins on the northwest side of the parking lot. Roads are paved up to the parking lot.
INFO: Flagstaff Ranger District, Coconino National Forest: 928-526-0866
FOREST SERVICE FALL COLOR HOTLINE: 800-354-4595
Updated weekly from mid-September through mid- November.
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