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    107 m
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    4.8 km
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    Dry Lake Hills Hike


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    The Dry Lake Hills hike is an easy 4.8 km route north of Flagstaff. This hike sees very, very little traffic, yet it’s not a route that suffers from overgrowth, so it’s a nice pick on days when you want to try to get the trail to yourself. This route mostly shows off the forest with some mountain views visible along the way. Dogs are welcome on this route and you can expect very light traffic.

    Route Description for Dry Lake Hills Hike

    The Dry Lake Hills hike is a very quiet, chill hike north of Flagstaff. This route hardly gets any visitors, so try it out on a day when you’re wanting as much of the trail to yourself as possible. Despite seeing little traffic, the route generally remains very easy to follow. Expect it to be a bit dusty, though.

    This hike shows off the beauty of the forest, with aspens and pines lining your route. For that reason, it’s a good fall hike. You’ll also enjoy some mountain views as you go.

    From the trailhead, take Schultz Loop Trail to the fork, then stay right. After the creek, go left onto Little Gnarly Trail. Stay right at the next fork and continue to follow the creek. Take a right onto the Dry Lake Loop Trail past the water, where the route terminates at the Dry Lake Hills. From here, turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Dry Lake Hills Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Dry Lake Hills hike is on Sunset Trailhead Road.

    Route Information

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