Kendrick Peak Wilderness in Arizona

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Kendrick Peak Wilderness

Surrounded on all sides by views of great natural attractions like the North rim of the Grand Canyon and red rocks of Oak Creek Canyon, Kendrick Peak Wilderness is a nice place to get out of town. Read More

  • Hike up the peak and get a bird’s eye view from the fire tower open in summer. 
  • Take a quick detour to the Lava Caves and explore another side of the mountain—the underground side. 
  • Want to extend your trip? Head up to the Grand Canyon instead of going back to town.

What can I see and do at Kendrick Peak Wilderness?

Out in the Kendrick Peak Wilderness area there are numerous activities to keep you and yours busy for a day out of the city.

  • Hiking: There are three trails on Kendrick Peak, all of which lead to the top of the mountain. 
    • Kendrick Mountain Trail: The trail named after the peak itself is a 7 mile hike up to the top. It’s moderate and is great for those looking for a challenge. 
    • Pumpkin Trail: This 5.5 mile trail is in the heart of the wilderness. If you’re interested in making a loop out of your hike, this trail links up with the Bull Basin trail. 
    • Bull Basin Trail: This 4.5 mile hike is the easiest of the three and will still take you to the fire tower for amazing views.
    • *Special note: There are no water facilities on these trails so be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. 
  • Outdoor Picnic: On the other side (off of US Highway 180 on the way to the Grand Canyon) there is Kendrick Picnic Area. This is a great place to stop on your way to canyon (if you choose to take the trip there after your hike) to have sack lunch.
  • Lava River Caves: These deep tubes caused by volcanic eruptions are great for exploring and going into the Earth. They are off of Forest Road 171 on the way to Kendrick Wilderness. Instead of going straight on FR 171, take a right on FR 171 B. 
  • Grand Canyon: Want to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World? When you finish hiking Kendrick Peak Wilderness, connect back up with US Highway 180 and head north to the Grand Canyon. You can stay overnight there and really enjoy yourself.

Where is Kendrick Peak Wilderness?

The area is roughly 20 miles northwest of Flagstaff and 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. From Flagstaff take on US Highway 180 to Forest Road 245 and take left and then a right onto Forest Road 171.

When is Kendrick Peak Wilderness open?

The area is open year round, but the fire tower is only open in the summer. The roads might be closed in winter due to weather restrictions. Contact the Forest Service for road closure information before heading to the wilderness.

How much does Kendrick Peak Wilderness cost?

There are no fees associated with hiking this trail or with the lava tubes.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

If you have any questions you can call the Forest Service at (928) 526-0866.

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