Arizona Hiking Gallery
Weatherford Trail Hike
Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ
July 14, 2012
Gallery contains 18 photos
Gallery last updated: 10/22/2012

This was an out-and-back hike of about 4.25 miles (8.5 miles round trip) up the Weatherford Trail (Trail 102) in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area in the Coconino National Forest. The trailhead is on FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road) just North of Flagstaff, Arizona. The hike was done in overcast and rainy conditions with most views of the surrounding area and peaks shrouded in low-lying clouds. We hiked up to about 9700-9800' elevation before stopping for lunch and heading back down. The trail climbs steadily, but gradually through Ponderosa Pine, Aspen, Douglas Fir and Corkbark Fir forests with fields of ferns in many open areas. Because of the wet weather the camera stayed in my pack for most of the hike.

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Our hike up the Weatherford Trail (Trail 102) begins at the Weatherford Trailhead located near Schultz Pass on Schultz Pass Road (FR 420).

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The Weatherford Trail approaches a dead Ponserosa Pine as low clouds obscure the peaks and rain threatens. The camera stayed in my pack most of the hike due to rainy conditions.

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The Weaterford Trail passes through Ponderosa Pine and Aspen forest.

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Aspen trunks.

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The "eyes" on the Aspen are watching you!

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The Weatherford Trail passes by a boulder as the trail climbs up through the Aspen.

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A thicket of young Aspen.

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A close view of Ponderosa Pine bark.

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Ponderosa Pine trunk.

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Raindrops on Penstemon.

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Ferns crowed around a lichen covered boulder.

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Ferns cover a hillside along the Weatherford Trail on our return leg of the hike.

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The clouds have lifted somewhat, but there's still a few whisps passing below the peak of this hilltop.

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A forest clearing at a bend of the Weatherford Trail.

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Black and white Aspen trunks.

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Forest clearing with Elden Mountain in the distance.

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Lichen covered boulders lay in the grass beneath a dead Ponderosa Pine.

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Douglas fir often have reddish heartwood which gives the tree another common name: "red-fir".

All images Copyright ©2012 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.