Arizona Trail, Day 22: Flagstaff, Part 1 (Trans-Arizona/Utah Hike Day 28)

Today takes me down the entirety of Passage 33 into Flagstaff. I leave my camp here and head into town in order to resupply and visit a friend, then I plan to continue on the main Arizona Trail route around Flagstaff to east, possibly using the town as a base so I don’t have to carry as much weight as I do so, until I reach the south side of the town and continue south toward Mormon Lake.

The day starts among the towering ponderosas of the lower slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, around 7500 ft in elevation. I know I’ve said this before, by I do love ponderosas – they have an incredible vanilla/butterscotch aroma, a great way to start a visit to any park or forest that have them, After a short distance, the trail splits. The main Arizona Trail – my route for the future day – heads left towards Schultz Pass between the Peaks and Dry Lake Hills. I take the trail to the right, which quickly drops past more gambel oaks in peak foliage, along with some more aspens as well. The trail crosses the road and turns to the southwest along a creekbed running through the pass. There’s a low foundation made of concrete visible along the trail after a moderate distance. No marker for what it was, but there is a sign regarding the Antiquities Act nearby, encouraging visitors to protect their American heritage by not disturbing archeological sites nearby. Perhaps the foundation is one of those? It would be nice to have some kind of interpretive sign here regarding the significance of the site, and why the foundation has obviously been left as a reminder of whatever used to be here.

Heading out through the ponderosa forest of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Trail (Passage 34, San Francisco Peaks)
Aspens along the Arizona Trail in Schultz Pass (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
The Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)
Antiquities Act resources along the Arizona Trail, Schultz Pass in Coconino National Forest (Passage 32, Flagstaff)

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