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San Francisco Peaks from Kendrick Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

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We were on the Fire Lookout on top of Kendrick Peak at sundown. This is the view looking east at the San Francisco Peaks - Mount Humphreys and Mount Agassiz and the Snow Bowl Ski Resort north of Flagstaff. Some monsoon action today.

I backpacked the Pumpkin Trail - Bull Basin Trail loop up to the Kendrick Mountain Summit and camped northeast of the old Ranger Cabin.hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=195&UID=21152

From the USFS
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness encompasses Kendrick Peak, one of the many peaks of the vast San Francisco mountain volcanic field located on the Coconino Plateau in north-central Arizona. Reaching an elevation of 10,418, the summit affords excellent views of the surrounding plateau, including the San Francisco Peaks to the east, the distant red rock of the Oak Creek/Sycamore Canyon country and Sitgreaves and Bill Williams Mountains to the south, Red Butte and distant views of the north rim of the Grand Canyon to the north. A fire lookout was first established on the summit in the early 1900's, and continues to be staffed to this day. In 2000 a majority of the wilderness was involved in a large wildfire. Dramatic vegetation patterns were created by burn intensities ranging from light to very severe, most evident on the west, north, and east slopes. On-going natural recovery processes may be observed, with early seral species becoming established in the severely burned areas. Characteristic montane coniferous forests, aspen stands, and high mountain meadow grasslands will re-establish with time. Unstable volcanic soils have undergone recurring severe erosion on the steeper slopes within burned areas, causing damage to the trails and access roads. Soils in the burn area will take many more years to re-stabilize.

Three maintained trails totaling 14 miles offer access to the wilderness. The Kendrick Mountain Trail, Pumpkin Trail, and Bull Basin Trail all lead hikers to the top of Kendrick Mountain and to the fire lookout tower. When the lookout tower is open during summer months, the lookout operator usually welcomes visitors to visit the top of the tower to enjoy the views.

There are no reliable water sources on the mountain, so pack in plenty. All of the trails are considered to be challenging due to the lack of water, impressive elevation gains, and the effects of the wildfire, including numerous fallen/falling snags and recurring trail erosion damage which can make route-finding difficult.

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  1. Jill's Junk 57 months ago | reply

    Amazing view and fantastic sky.

  2. dtedesco 57 months ago | reply

    Great shot - its amazingly green this year!

  3. ♥ Annieta  57 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful picture! Great light..:))

  4. Jim Purcell 57 months ago | reply

    So very cool.

  5. zoniedude1 57 months ago | reply

    Wonderful view of the Peaks!

  6. jhaskellus 57 months ago | reply

    Great shot. The clouds are amazing, and the greenery too.

  7. Pegster22 57 months ago | reply

    Grerat shot!! My Dad built the "original" Ski Lift Lodge, before you turn to go up to Snow Bowl in 1963. I think they still have the original sign up, if not it looks very close to the original.

    Amazing photo, thanks for sharing.

  8. Al_HikesAZ 57 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone

    Pegster - I know exactly the Lodge you are talking about. And it has an old lift chair in front of it.

  9. Steven Blewett 57 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Photo Al.

  10. rdng tchr 57 months ago | reply

    Great shot, Al. We stayed at the base of the Snow Bowl while out there...and traveling from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon.

  11. DM Weber 57 months ago | reply

    A very nice view indeed. We all profit from your hard work to get this, so thank you!

  12. Larry Zimmer Photography 57 months ago | reply

    Awesome view! I have to get up there soon!

  13. Al_HikesAZ 57 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone

    @Larry - best during a good monsoon season when there are wildflowers and clouds. Should be some mushrooms if I looked for them :)

  14. Az~Kate 57 months ago | reply

    Oh my, that sky! ;o)

  15. NaturalLight 56 months ago | reply

    My kind of vista.... gotta love those clouds.....

  16. ArneKaiser 27 months ago | reply

    Awesome picture!

  17. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    I definitely enjoy all your pictures! :) <3

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