Summary: This hike leads you to the top of Kendrick Mountain, which is one of the largest volcanoes in the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field and at 10,418 ft it is the fourth highest mountain in Arizona. The Pumpkin Trail provides an alternate, though less traveled and more difficult, approach to the summit of instead of the standard Kendrick Mountain route. The first third of the hike traverses an area that was badly burnt in the 2000 Pumpkin Fire that ultimately burned about 15,000 acres of wilderness area. The middle third of the trail is very moderate and is where the mountain transitions from junipers and Ponderosa to mixed conifer, aspen and fir. The final third of the trail is the steepest and climbs through several switchbacks. At the summit there is an old fire lookout tower that is still in service. The San Francisco Peaks are just to the east, Sitgreaves and Bill Williams Mtns to the south. On a clear day, it is possible to see the rim of the Grand Canyon to the NW.
Trailhead: From Flagstaff, follow US 180 northwest for about 14 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 193, and continue on for 3.1 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 171. Follow FR 171 for 2.0 miles until you reach Forest Road 190, which you should follow for 0.4 miles to the well-marked trailhead and parking area. If the road is dry, you will only require a high clearance 2-wheeldrive vehicle. (Lat:35.422273 Lon:-111.90019)
Trail Guides for Kendrick Peak: Pumpkin Trail:
by Bruce Grubbs and Stewart Aitchision (The Globe Pequot Press)
Exploring Arizonas Wild Areas
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Viewer on 5/20/2009
The directions listed on this page are currently incorrect (May 2009) and lead to the Kendrick Peak Trailhead, not the Pumpkin Trail. To find the Pumpkin trail, Follow FR 171 past the sign for the Kendrick Peak trailhead and continue on 171 for another five miles. You'll see a sign for "Pumpkin Center" and some buildings on your left, and a clearly marked sign directing you to the Pumpkin Trail one mile to the right.
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