Summary: This hike takes you to one of the most interesting reminders of the Flagstaff area's volcanic past.
You'll start off in a pinion/juniper forest, notice the many victims of the recent bark beetle infestation. The first 2/3's of the hike follows an old primitive road, the last part of the hike follows a dry wash lined with volcanic cinder sand. Just before entering the cinder cone the forest type changes form juniper/pinion to poderosa pine forest.
Near the end of the trail you'll climb a 6 foot ladder between two portal-like volcanic formations and find yourself within a surreal landscape of rock spires and sheer cliff walls.
Be sure and bring your camera!
Trailhead: Follow Hwy 180 north of flagstaff approx 30 miles. Look for the road sign for Red Mountain Trail on the west side of Hwy 180. There is a parking lot and well marked trail head about 1/4 mi off the highway. (Lat:35.53706 Lon:-111.879)
Trail Guides for Red Mountain Trail:
by Richard and Sherry Mangum (Hexagon Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Dennis Lightfoot, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Shelley on 4/29/2012
Just noticed my first message didn't get posted, becuase I didn't notice the warning to avoid a couple of particular characters This hike was great, easy and beautiful. We were there on April 16, 2012. For those without a GPS, the turnoff is right at the 247 mile marker on Hwy 180
Reviewed by Shelley on 4/29/2012
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Reviewed by Mark on 3/8/2012
3-9-2012: Started out to Ski the Az. Snow Bowl but high winds closed the mountain. We went to the Red Mt. hike instead and it was excellent. Lot's of volcanic activity, some snow on the trail and especially at the destination. Scenery A-1. If you get the chance, do it!
Reviewed by Bryan on 2/2/2012
Just imagine how the lava was pouring down the rocks, close your eyes and imagine it. Be sure to bring skis for lava surfing and you'll have a great time.
Reviewed by Karen on 3/3/2010
Loved this hike! Hiked it in October, and had the trail to ourselves. Scrambled all over the rocks and took a ton of pics.
Reviewed by m_evans on 7/8/2009
went in June 2009 in late afternoon. very easy hike. first half is thru mesquite and juniper. second half follows stream bed to short ladder. views were amazing. unusual volcanic mounds and formations - felt like i was on Mars! the backwall pockets had several hawks and other raptors. took lots of pictures. will definitely visit again, maybe at sunrise or sunset.
Reviewed by Laesy on 6/24/2009
Went in June 2008, had a great time. We had our 2 yr old and 4 yr old and they were able to do this. They are used to hiking though:) It was easy to find and so much fun!!!
Reviewed by Sam on 6/1/2009
Hiked during Apr May 09 Flagstaff vacation. Would do it again and spend more time taking pics, climbing, and exploring in this otherworldly place. Magma flows in the Bowl are climbable. Ice in holes caverns on backwall. Trail is not well marked but easy to see from parking area when hiking to it. Seemed farther to get to the left turn on the way back. Thought I might have hiked past the turn.
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