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Walnut Canyon Rim

Intermediate
 4.0 (31) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome views of Walnut Canyon on this moderate out-and-back.


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14.8

Miles

23.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,025' 2,141 m

High

6,643' 2,025 m

Low

1,171' 357 m

Up

1,172' 357 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This trail follows the Arizona Trail from Old Walnut Canyon Road to Fisher Point with sweeping views of Walnut Canyon and canyon-rim riding along the way. With the exception of one short difficult section (that can be walked easily), this is a spectacular moderate ride.

Description

This ride starts at the large AZ Trail parking lot on Old Walnut Canyon Road. Signs to Fisher Point will guide you the entire way. The first 1.2 miles of the trail roll gently through open pine and oak forest, before descending steeply into a tributary of Walnut Canyon. This stretch of trail drops through interesting terrain and involves several tight switchbacks (watch your speed!) and dips over limestone ledges - it is far and away the most difficult section of riding on the entire route and can be easily walked. The climb back out the south side of the side-canyon is comparatively easy, but will get your lungs pumping!

After 2.2 miles, look for a signed intersection to a spur trail (0.2 miles) to a lookout point. This is a worthwhile detour. The viewpoint itself lies just beyond a fence at the end of the spur trail (look for a short ladder to get you over the fence, leave your bike behind).

About a mile further along the AZ trail, you'll hit a second signed intersection for yet another lookout point. This time the spur is 0.7 miles each way, but don't wimp out on taking the sidetrip - this second viewpoint is one of the highlights of the Walnut Canyon Rim! Bike your way onto a limestone rib that juts out into the canyon, getting narrower and narrower as you go. Leave your bike whenever you feel like it, and enjoy the killer views on both sides of the peninsula of land.

Continuing on the AZ Trail toward Fisher Point the ride gets closer and closer to the rim of Walnut Canyon. Eventually, the trail features a spectacular length right along the edge with outstanding views into the canyon (just don't get too distracted while you ride - its a long way down!). Fisher Point marks the last lookout point on the ride, and the turnaround point back to your car.

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Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 31 votes

#2

in Flagstaff

#608

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Photos

Going back down from Fisher Point - rider Dinno Domingo.
Jul 19, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
Hey, what trail is that?...well, that's Fischer Point! This view from the Walnut Rim Trail is quite awesome.
May 28, 2013 near Flagstaff, AZ
Rim-side riding at Walnut Canyon.
May 22, 2013 near Flagstaff, AZ
Beautiful descent down the canyon.
Oct 15, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Viewpoint is worth it!
Oct 15, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Path to viewpoint
Oct 15, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ

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Mar 21, 2021
Colby Sturtevant
Sep 18, 2020
Lisa B
Sep 16, 2020
Lou Ortego
Sep 13, 2020
Helen Eifert
Way too rocky to be enjoyable on a hardtail 7.4mi — 1h 30m
Jul 3, 2020
Dana Hamlin
Got rained out. When the trails hard it's har. All the rest is fun 8mi — 1h 28m
May 30, 2020
Rachel Friedman
Had to walk bikes at beginning and end. GreAt views.
Apr 26, 2020
Melissa Wright
Did this trail to the first viewpoint 4.5mi
Oct 13, 2019
Judah Quesada