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    Little Elden Trail

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    20.3 km
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    514 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Little Elden Trail is a scenic 20.3 km out and back trail in Flagstaff that can be enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The first half of the trail is well-marked, lushly forested, and easy to follow. The second half becomes more desert-like and can be harder to follow. Go as far as you like on this route, tracing the base of Little Elden Mountain. Expect light traffic.

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    Route Description for Little Elden Trail

    The Little Elden Trail is an interesting route that runs alongside Little Elden Mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona. This route can be used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. It travels through a forest with pretty mountain views before progressing into more rugged terrain. We especially like this route when the fall colors are out.

    The second half of this route is not as well-signed as the first, so consider downloading a GPS track to help you navigate. Remember to keep dogs on leash especially due to the mixed nature of the traffic on this route.

    From the trailhead, pass Schultz Tank and take a left on Arizona Trail-Little Elden. This route hugs the base of Little Elden Mountain on the south side of Little Elden Springs Road. Just after the Little Elden Spring Horse Camp, the route turns to your right to follow the curvature of the mountain. Pick up Old Little Elden Trail and follow this as it runs alongside small hills in front of Elden Mountain before terminating near the highway. From here, turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Little Elden Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Little Elden Trail is on Schultz Pass Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Little Elden Spring Horse Camp

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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