Arizona Hiking Gallery
Kachina Trail Hike
Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ
August 26, 2006
Gallery contains 74 photos
Gallery last updated: 9/3/2006
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This 11 mile (roundtrip) hike is along the Kachina Trail from the trailhead at the Snow Bowl Ski Area to the junction with the Weatherford Trail and back.

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The Kachina Trail moves through Aspens, mixed conifers, meadows, and clearings which were full of wildflowers this time of year.

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A view into the forest of Aspens.

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The Kachina Trail winding through the Aspens.

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Large brown mushroom.

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The Kachina Trail travelling through the green meadows and Aspen forest.

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Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii).

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Closeup of Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii).

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A large white mushroom.

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Pericopine Moth (Gnophaela discreta), a member of the Tiger Moth family, resting on a lupine leaf.

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A short distance from the trailhead the Kachina Trail enters the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

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Bright green ferns and grasses, purple lupines, and yellow goundsel color the forest floor while the white bark of the Aspens contrast against the dark green foliage of the conifers behind them.

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Ferns covering the forest floor amid the aspens.

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Geranium leaves.

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A color tree stump along side the trail.

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A composite image of an aspen-ringed meadow.

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Woodland Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea).

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?Narrowleaf Four O'Clock (Mirabilis linearis)?

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?Narrowleaf Four O'Clock (Mirabilis linearis)?

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Wild Geranium (Geranium caespitosum) flower and bud.

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The Kachina Trail skirts a small cliff. A lot of sun light was filtering down through the trees and so there were quite a few wildflowers growing along this section of trail.

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The bright pink of the Wild Geranium (Geranium caespitosum) flower stands out against a vibrant green background.

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Unidentified purple daisys (or mayber asters or fleabanes) soaking up the sun.

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Here is a large patch of mixed white and purple daisys (or asters or fleabanes).

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A closeup of a group of white and purple daisys (or asters or fleabanes).

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Splinters in the forest. A recently fallen ponderosa.

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Western Blue Flax (Linum lewisii).

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A fern filled forest clearing.

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The Kachina Trail wandering through the ferns and forest.

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A lichen covered boulder surrounded grasses, ferns, and lupine.

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Sunlight filtering through in this shaded section of trail.

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A southerly view toward the Flagstaff area. In the center is Little Elden Mountain.

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Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi).

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Butter and eggs (Linaria dalmatica). This is a non-native species of the snapdragon family has been naturalized from Europe.

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Broom Groundsel (Senecio spartioides).

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Silverstem or Silvery Lupine (Lupinus argenteus).

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Fendler's Sandwort (Arenaria fendleri).

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The Kachina Trail climbing out of a small ravine.

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Two of the four Kachina Peaks are visible from the Kachina Trail: Agassiz Peak (12,356 ft) on the left and Fremont Peak (11,969 ft) on the right.

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New Mexico Vervain (Verbena macdougalii).

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Closeup of the New Mexico Vervain.

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A fallen log lays in the ferns with its limbs resembling antlers.

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A single yellow aspen leaf has fallen in the middle of the trail.

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Looking skyward through the aspens.

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Ferns and Aspens.

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The Kachina Trail at the edge of a stand of Aspen.

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Looking across the lupine filled meadow toward cloud covered Agassiz and Fremont Peaks.

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A large Silverstem Lupine "bush".

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Closeup of Silverstem Lupine.

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The Kachina Trail crossing a meadow and about to duck back into the trees.

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Another veiew of Agassiz and Fremont Peaks.

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A thick stand of young Aspen.

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Butter and eggs (Linaria dalmatica).

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Wonderful views can be had from this spot on the trail: Looking south over a large field of ferns toward the City of Flagstaff...

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...Turn around 180 degrees and and you have an awesome view looking north over the bright green meadow of ferns toward the Kachina Peaks.

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Parry Bellflower (Campanula parryi).

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Closeup of Parry Bellflower (Campanula parryi).

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More ferns and aspens.

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Hiking the trail through waist high ferns.

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The reddish-orange color of an old tree stump contrasting with the bright green ferns.

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Purple Loco (Oxttropis lambertii).

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Closeup of Purple Loco.

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We've finally arrived at the junction with the Weatherford Trail. We'll stop here for a quick lunch before turning around and retracing our steps back along the Kachina Trail.

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Afternoon sun streaming through the aspens.

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Closeup of lupine flower.

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Grondsel (Senecio sp.).

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The Kachina Trail moving through the thick aspens with a carpet of ferns.

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A large orange fungus growing about 5 feet up the trunk of a tree.

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Bright red berries.

All images Copyright ©2006 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.