Elden Mountain via Upper Oldham Trail
Oldham Trail is one of the routes available to reach the top of Elden Mountain. This mountain is one of the most obvious features of Flagstaff’s sightline, and getting on top of it can show you both the city and the surrounding landscape in a fresh, beautiful way. You can also use this route to quickly traverse over to T V Hill, whose summit is just northwest of Elden’s summit. This hike is rated as moderate, making it easier than the traditional route up Elden Mountain.
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Route Description for Elden Mountain via Upper Oldham Trail
Elden Mountain via Upper Oldham Trail is an easier way to reach the top of Elden Mountain, Flagstaff’s defining local peak, rather than the traditional route. This trail starts partway up the Elden Lookout Road to make it shorter. This hike can also be extended by adding in the quick traverse northwest to the peak of T V Hill.
This hike isn’t a great choice in winter because of the amount of snow that can accumulate on this trail. Try it during fall when the colors of the trees begin to go orange and yellow. Poles may be helpful for this route, and you might want a windbreaker for the top.
From the trailhead, hike around the base of T V Hill, staying right into Upper Oldham Trail. You’ll hike through a few switchbacks to get up onto the ridge between Little Elden and Elden Mountain. Hike south along the ridge, passing the top of T V Hill and hiking along the final stretch of the ridge to the top of Elden Mountain. Admire Flagstaff from above, then retrace your steps to the trailhead.
Getting to the Elden Mountain via Upper Oldham Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for Elden Mountain via Upper Oldham Trail is on Rocky Ridge Trail.
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