Pick Up Our June Issue and Hit the Trails!

Photo by Robert Stieve

Bismarck Lake Trail | Photo by Robert Stieve

Our June issue showcases not only the amazing illustrations by artist Larry Toschik, but also 10 of our favorite places to hit the trail, including Bismarck Lake Trail in Flagstaff, which is a must-hike this summer. For more spectacular hikes, such as the one below, pick up the June issue of Arizona Highways on newsstands now. Trust us: You’re going to love this issue.

3 reasons to hit this trail
1. It’s one of the easiest hikes on the Coconino National Forest — Coconino, by the way, is the word the Hopis use for Havasupai and Yavapai Indians.
2. The road to the trailhead passes Hart Prairie Preserve, one of the state’s premier Nature Conservancy properties.
3. The views of the San Francisco Peaks are as good as it gets.

Foot Notes: Bismarck Lake isn’t a lake — at least not by Minnesota standards. It’s more like a pond or a lagoon or a big mud puddle, and it functions as a stock tank, which makes it an important source of water for the resident elk and mule deer. It also serves as a milepost that identifies the end of this trail. Like the route into Sandys Canyon (page 24), this is a short hike that hooks up with the Arizona Trail. If you’re interested in more distance, the latter extends for 817 miles to the north and south, but if you need a spur-of-the-moment fix of an evergreen forest, this will hit the spot. The trail begins with a gradual uphill climb through a world of ponderosas and aspens. After five minutes, it arrives at a small meadow, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the San Francisco Peaks. It won’t be the last, and the best is yet to come. From there, the trail dips back into the woods, and the aspen quotient increases. It stays like that for another 15 minutes, until the dirt path leads to another meadow and the payoff views of the peaks. There, the trail splits. To the right is the Arizona Trail, and to the left is Bismarck Lake. Go left, and keep your eyes peeled for thirsty ungulates.

Trail Guide
Length: 3 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 8,589 to 8,817 feet
Trailhead GPS: N 35˚21.793’, W 111˚44.082’
Directions: From Flagstaff, drive northeast on U.S. Route 180 for 10 miles to Forest Road 151, turn right and continue 6.3 miles to Forest Road 627. Turn right onto FR 627 and drive 0.75 miles to the trailhead.
Vehicle Requirements: None
Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash)
Horses Allowed: Yes
USGS Map: Humphreys Peak
Information: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866 or http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino


Filed under Hiking, Mother Nature

3 responses to “Pick Up Our June Issue and Hit the Trails!

  1. Susan

    Dad’s most important lessons to his children are the keys to survival. Help dad out this Father’s Day by making this one very important lesson easier for him to pass on. Give him a copy of “Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart” (Amazon). The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking. Stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. A compass doesn’t need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and “Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart” (Amazon) makes learning how to use a compass easy. Orient yourself day or night by using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. This book is for all ages. It’s only 34 pages and illustrated.

  2. Beautiful cover Flagstaff would be a great place to retreat to. So many trees. So little cacti. Must be nice.

  3. The Lookout Canyon 121 is definitely one of the hiking trails in Arizona that every serious outdoors enthusiast must do. The remote trail is located at Kaibab Plateau.

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