One of the best things about living and working in Flagstaff is the abundance of nature all around us. We can be at a number of hiking and biking trails within minutes from any spot in town, and there’s always somewhere new to adventure. Whether you live in Flagstaff or are just in town visiting, you know that getting outdoors and hitting the trails is one of the best way to spend your days, followed by a cold beer at Historic Brewing Company afterwards of course.
Below is a list of some of the best hiking trails in Flagstaff that showcase all that beautiful nature that our town is known and loved for.
Sandy Canyon: This incredible hike is found right out of town off Lake Mary Road and has a free parking lot located off of a well maintained dirt road. There are signs that direct you to the start of the trail, and from this trailhead you can connect to a number of other trails including the Arizona Trail. This hike begins on the Walnut Canyon rim head before going down into the canyon. You can make this trail as long or as short as you want depending on what other trails you connect it to and how long you want to hike. This trail features an easy in and out of canyon and a beautiful meadow filled with a variety of different trees and nature galore. This hike is also dog friendly and is only moderately trafficked meaning that during off times you may have it all to yourself.
Distance: 3 miles (out and back)
Best Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Campbell Mesa Trails: Campbell Mesa trailhead has a loop for everyone and is easily located near Continental Country Club and the I-40. There are three different single track loop trails measuring in length between two & five and a half miles. These trails are relatively flat but offer views of Mt. Elden, Anderson Mesa, and Mormon Mountain. The hikes are mostly shaded with more ponderosa trees than you can count, and frequent wildlife sightings. This trail makes you feel like you are way out of town, when in fact you are only fifteen minutes from downtown and only a five minute drive from our Eastside Historic Brewing Company location.
Distance: 2-5.5 miles (loop trail)
Best Season: All seasons
Fat Man’s Loop: Another trail close to our Eastside taproom & production facility and conveniently located in Flagstaff is Fat Man’s Loop. This trailhead is located right across from the Flagstaff Mall and takes you up Mt. Elden. There are a number of other trails that begin from this trailhead, including Mt. Elden lookout, but Fat Man’s loop is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. This two and a half mile loop takes you among Ponderosa and White Fir pine trees and rock formations that were created during its volcanic creation. One of these rock formations is the reason behind the trails name as it can be a tight squeeze between two rocks to stay on the trail. This hike is mostly uphill for the first half but isn’t that strenuous and awards you with a view of the city and the nearby countryside as you climb.
Distance: 2.4 miles
Best Season: Spring and Fall
This list is only a small example of all the wonderful hiking and biking trails that Flagstaff has to offer, with many more to discover on your own. Flagstaff offers so many opportunities to get outside and explore all of the natural beauty around you - so go get outside and make sure you reward yourself with a tasty brew afterwards!