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Arizona Trail (Babbitt Drive to Fisher Point)

Intermediate

Trail

4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 551' 168 m
Descent: -414' -126 m
High: 7,004' 2,135 m
Low: 6,622' 2,019 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

A great way to get out of town in a hurry, with fantastic scenery near Walnut Canyon.

Almonzo Wilder

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Description

At the end of Babbitt Drive (near Sam's Club) the Arizona Trail starts rather inauspiciously as a paved access road leading past one of Flagstaff's sewage treatment facilities and then under Interstate 40. Just as you go under the eastbound lanes of the highway, the trail turns to gravel and circles a small pond before taking off uphill into the pines. From here the riding is on old jeep roads and singletrack. All intersections are well signed toward Fisher Point. Early on the trail passes very close to the ignition point of the 2010 Hardy Fire. Damage near the trail is minimal, although there are a few scorched trees and evidence of fire breaks that were constructed for containment.

The trail gradually descends to the head of Walnut Canyon, with Fisher Point rising above. Signs mark the way toward the Fisher Point lookout, but a short detour to the entrance of Walnut Canyon is worthwhile to check out the shallow cave and looming rock. There is a trail that continues into Walnut Canyon toward the National Monument that would make an interesting side-excursion on foot.

The hard work on this ride (and only section of "Intermediate" riding) involves getting from the canyon floor to the top of Fisher Point - a climb of ~400 feet in just over a mile. The ascent has a few short steep stretches and some challenging obstacles. You'll know you're at the end when you reach a sign for the short spur trail to Fisher Point.

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Aug 1, 2018
marlette M
Started at Sandy's Canyon Trailhead...a little to technical for my 12 year old. Decided to hike instead of ride to the vista point. 8.5mi — 2h 35m
Jul 21, 2018
Taylor Tewalt
Aug 16, 2016
David Sitz
Oct 24, 2015
Jordan Willcox
Jul 15, 2015
Taylor W.
Dec 30, 2014
Fausto Hernandez
Aug 16, 2014
Christina Casanova

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 3 votes

#11

in Flagstaff

#13882

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#11

in Flagstaff

#346

in Arizona

#13,882

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Framed! Picture taken from inside the cave
Jul 19, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff AZ has some of the greenest trails we've ever ridden.
Jul 19, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
Going back down from Fisher Point - rider Dinno Domingo.
Jul 19, 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ
Amazing view riding to the caves in the canyon.
May 7, 2018 near Flagstaff, AZ
Cave at the head of Walnut Canyon
May 17, 2013 near Flagstaff, AZ
Young MTB phenom Laura on her first ride to Fisher Point!
Jul 27, 2017 near Flagstaff, AZ

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