Passage #33 - Flagstaff
Length: 15.5 miles
Southern Trailhead: Fisher Point
Northern Trailhead: Schultz Pass
Trail Route Description: The southern end of this passage begins
at the bottom of Walnut Canyon near Fisher Point. The route starts up Skunk
Canyon, follows several drainages, climbs over several small ridges, goes
through a fence and descends down into the Rio de Flag drainage.
It there encounters an asphalt road that is an extension of Babbitt Drive.
Follow this road uphill for 0.60 miles to Butler Avenue (Taco Bell). Turn right
and go 0.15 miles to Ponderosa Parkway (McDonalds). Turn left on Ponderosa Parkway and
go 0.20 miles to Route 66. Cross Route 66 at the light and continue on Ponderosa
Parkway past the Fire Station. Angle left on the paved FUTS path that parallels
Ponderosa Parkway and follow the signs to the top of McMillan Mesa. Continue following
the FUTS path as it cuts north and east across the mesa with the St. Francis
Catholic Church on the right (pray for safe trails?). Cross the bridge over Cedar
Ave. When you approach the water tank in Buffalo Park bear right to follow the
path to the Dale Shewalter Memorial. If you turn left at the water tank you will
find water and porta-potties. From either route, continue north on the main path
through Buffalo Park until you reach the Lower Oldham Trail.
If approaching Flagstaff from the north, enter Buffalo Park from Lower Oldham Trail and follow the main path south. The first alternative is to look for the Arizona Trail sign directing you southeast to the Dale Shewalter Memorial and around the left side of the large water tank. If you want water or porta-potties continue straight past the Arizona Trail sign to the Buffalo Park entrance and then continue around the right side of the water tank to find the trail continuing over the bridge, across McMillan Mesa, and down the FUTS trail paralleling Ponderosa Parkway to Route 66. Cross Route 66 where Ponderosa becomes Enterprise Rd. Follow Enterprise for 0.20 miles. Go right on Butler for 0.15 mile to Babbitt Drive. Go left on Babbitt for 0.60 miles where the asphalt ends and the trail soon enters the woods.
Season(s): Spring, Summer and Fall (current weather forecast)
Water: Water may be found seasonally in Walnut Creek, year round at numerous businesses along the route in Flagstaff, and at the Buffalo Park Trailhead.
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