Sandy Seep Trail on Mount Elden

Short, easy and scenic, the Sandy Seep Trail offers quick access to a network of roads on the eastern slopes of Mount Elden, northeast of Flagstaff. While the 1.5-mile trail makes for a fun, self-contained hike, it also serves as a ramp for the 42-mile Flagstaff Loop Trail that circles the city and the Arizona National Scenic Trail as well. 800 miles, crossing the state.

Additionally, the route can be used to access two thrilling trails – Little Bear and Heart – which climb steep slopes to the Elden Mountain ridge lines.

Located just a few clicks north of downtown Flagstaff off US 89, the old Standard Sandy Seep Trail was a mainstay of the Mount Elden / Dry Lakes Hills trail system in the Coconino National Forest.

The Sandy Seep Trail under the eastern slopes of Mount Elden in Flagstaff.

Having survived several devastating forest fires, including the 1977 Radio Fire and the 2010 Schultz Fire, the trail is also part of the proposed changes that will improve the health of the forest and improve the user experience in the recreation center. popular. You can influence how the changes might unfold.

Coconino National Forest is seeking public input regarding proposed improvements to non-motorized trails in the Mount Elden / Dry Lake Hills area. Popular walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in the busy area deteriorated, and a maze of unauthorized trails resulted in environmental damage, confusion for trail users, and safety concerns.

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The proposed project includes plans for the sustainable construction of new trails, re-routing of existing trails, improvement of trailheads, and closure of some feral cat trails.

The public can comment online or at in-person events scheduled until July 1.

A scenic spot on the Little Elden / Arizona Trail in the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff.

In the meantime, hike the Sandy Seep Trail to appreciate this beautiful area and see for yourself what a reboot will bring to the area.

From the start of the trail the path is wide and easy to follow. You will pass the first Arizona Trail / Flagstaff Loop junction at the 0.1 mile point before the path turns through spotted pines and oak valleys. Views of 9,299-foot Mount Elden and 9,018-foot Little Elden Mountain reinforce the western edge of the trail.

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The Sandy Seep Trail ends at the ‘sign vortex’ at the 1.5 mile point. Interestingly, the seep is not on the eponymous trail, but a few yards further on the Little Elden trail.

To get there, follow the Little Elden / Arizona Trail for another 0.2 miles until an Arizona Trail sign directs hikers to the right. In a few meters, the path rises above a lower basin surrounded by reeds and wild flowers. Sometimes soggy but mostly dry, oozing is a favorite spot for wildlife like deer, squirrels and rabbits.

For an easy walk, make seep your turning point. Another good round trip hiking option is to continue for 2.7 miles to the Little Elden Springs trailhead.

Sand path

Length: 3 miles round trip to Sandy Seep or 8.4 miles round trip to the Little Elden Spring trailhead.

Rating: Easy for Sandy Seep; moderate for Little Elden Spring.

Elevation: 6,885 to 7,270 feet for Sandy Seep; 6,885-7,320 feet for Little Elden Spring.

Getting There : Sandy Seep trailhead option. In Flagstaff, take US 89 north towards Page. Half a mile beyond the Townsend / Winona Road intersection, turn left onto Forest Road 9139 and continue for a few yards to the trailhead. Little Elden Spring Trailhead Option: Drive 5 miles northeast of In Flagstaff, travel 5 miles north on US 89 to Elden Spring Road (Forest Road 556), turn left and continue for 3.5 miles to the Little Elden Springs trailhead on the right.


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