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    Lower Oldham Trail Loop

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
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    10.3 km
    Elevation
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    280 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Oldham Trail Loop begins from Buffalo Park, the most popular park in Flagstaff, and heads north through the forest to the base of the Dry Lake Hills. This hike is a good pick for when you want to be immersed in the trees on a less busy route. It’s a bit rocky, so you’ll want sturdy boots. Expect light traffic on this hike.

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    Route Description for Lower Oldham Trail Loop

    The Lower Oldham Trail Loop is a relaxing route that leads you from Buffalo Park to the Dry Lake Hills, traveling under the canopy of the forest. It’s not a hike that offers huge views (the section through the park is more scenic), but it’s nice and calm and doesn’t get too busy. Dogs on leash are welcome and active families should be able to complete this hike.

    You’ll want to wear sturdy boots for this hike since the trail is quite rocky. Additionally, some of the junctions in this area aren’t marked well, so a GPS route can help you find your way if needed.

    From the trailhead, hike north through the park. Leaving the park, continue on the Arizona Trail-Lower Oldham and stay left. Cross Pipeline Trail and then reach the fork that forms the base of the loop.

    Stay right here to trace the base of the hills, continuing around the loop until you turn left onto the Arizona Trail Rocky Ridge Connector. Take this until you can bear left onto the Oldham Alternate Trail, then retrace your steps to the park and back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Lower Oldham Trail Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for Lower Oldham Trail Loop is at the end of N Gemini Drive.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      June-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Poor

    • Crowd Levels

      Low

    • Route Type

      Lollipop

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