Freidlein Prairie Trail

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8.2 km
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169 m
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The Freidlein Prairie Trail is a 8.0 km out and back trail in Coconino National Forest outside of Flagstaff. This route is rated as moderate and is suitable for active kids, families, dogs on leash, and strong beginner hikers. This hike gives you glimpses of Arizona's tallest mountain peaks through the forest. You may also be able to see wildlife on this trail. Expect moderate traffic.

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Route Description for Freidlein Prairie Trail

The Freidlein Prairie Trail is a route that climbs below the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona. This hike mostly shows off the beautiful ponderosa pine forest, with its wildlife and its (seasonal) wildflowers. This hike gives you peekaboo views of the tallest mountains in Arizona as you go. It’s a moderately difficult hike that should be enjoyable for strong beginners and better.

There is no signage at the beginning or end of this trail that specifically states Freidlein Prairie Trail. You’ll be following part of the Arizona Trail. Our route ends at a given point, but feel free to turn around earlier or later on the hike.

From the trailhead, hike north, taking a set of switchbacks up atop the short cliffside. You’ll cross over a canyon and then traverse across the cliffside. There’s a nice viewpoint about 100 feet to the left of the trail about the two-mile mark. Follow the markers in the first that say “Trail” as you go. Where our route ends, there is a trail that continues on, so you can keep hiking if you’d like, or you can retrace your steps to the trailhead.

Getting to the Freidlein Prairie Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Freidlein Prairie Trail is on N Snow Bowl Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping

  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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