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    Sandy Seep Trail

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    4.3 km
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    113 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Sandy Seep Trail is an easy route in the Coconino National Forest that leads you through an area with trees, mountain views, and wildflowers near the base of Elden Mountain. It’s a scenic hike that isn’t too demanding, and you may also be able to see wildlife on this trail. This is a suitable pick for families with kids. Expect light traffic.

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    Route Description for Sandy Seep Trail

    Sandy Seep Trail is a hike that leads you through the trees and along the fields underneath Elden Mountain and Little Elden Mountain. This hike is easy, scenic, and good for all skill levels. In the early summer, the wildflowers are gorgeous. The trail is great for families with kids and dogs are permitted on leash.

    There are a lot of interconnecting trails in this area, so consider bringing a GPS route or map if you’re unfamiliar with the routes. Mountain bikers, as the name suggests, you may find this trail too sandy to bike effectively.

    From the trailhead, take Arizona Trail-Sandy Seep. You’ll walk through an area with impressive oaks, ponderosa pines, and junipers. The route undulates gently, keeping the hike interesting with its gentle elevation changes. Once you reach the first of the hills near the base of Elden Mountain, turn back and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Sandy Seep Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Sandy Seep Trail is on Forest Service Road 9135.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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