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Kendrick Mountain - Coconino National Forest

Summary: A popular climb to a summit with views.
Directions: From Phoenix take I-17 north to Flagstaff.  Follow Highway 180 north out of Flag to mile post 230.  Turn left onto Forest Road (FR) 245.  Follow 245 3.1 miles to the end where it intersects with FR 171.  Turn right onto 171 and follow it 3.1 miles to FR 190.  Turn right onto 190 (following the sign to Kendrick Mtn.) and drive 0.5 miles to the well marked trailhead with privy.
Road Conditions: Passenger car if the roads are dry
Navigation: Easy - trail is impossible to miss.
Length: 9.2 miles
Date Hiked: Oct, 2000
Weather Conditions: Nice
Skills Required: None
Hike Description: The signs at the trailhead for this hike describe a fire that occurred in May 24, 2000 burning 14,760 acres, (one of many that torched the southwest that season).  The fire started as a result of a lightening strike and burned a patchwork around the Kendrick Mtn area.  You will see evidence of this fire during much of this hike.  The trail starts out as an old jeep track (7980 ft.) crossing a few fire breaks as it heads through the burned Ponderosa Pine forest.  Shortly the trail begins climbing at a moderate grade which it maintains for the majority of it's ascent.  The trail switchbacks up the mountain for a while.  At a shoulder signed for Kendrick Lookout the trail becomes decidedly more trail like and you'll begin passing through pretty forest with Englemann Spruce and some nice stands of Aspen (which were a vibrant yellow when the author was here).  Note: though the Aspen bark may be white and smooth, please try to refrain from leaving a bit of woodland graffiti carved in it's trunk.  After topping a rise you will cross a field with an old forest service cabin.  A short climb later brings you to the summit of Kendrick (10,400 ft.) where a lookout tower stands (locked).  After enjoying the view return the way you came. 
Rating (1-5 stars):
You will doubtlessly see several people on this hike, but it's a nice 1/2 day trip if you've spent the morning in the car from Phoenix.  It's also a good warm up if your not used to exercise at these higher elevations.  The author and his wife completed this hike in 4 hours.
Maps: Coconino National Forest Map
Books: 'The Favorite Hikes, Flagstaff & Sedona', Cosmic Ray
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No photos were taken on this hike.