Its a Flagstaff classic. One of my favorite running loops in Flagstaff takes you around, up, over and down the San Francisco Peaks. You get a little bit of everything and see it all. The loop is almost 19 miles long, reaches 12,000' above sea level and gains 4,000 feet in elevation. Couple this with a bunch of friends and you have the ingredients for a great morning's jaunt!
The Peaks as seen from Baderville.
The Crew: (left to right) Eric Bohn, Josh Brimhall, Shad Mickelberry, Trent Briney, Andrew Middleton and Zoroaster (down in front).
The Boundary to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area
Shad and Zoroaster make tracks on the Kachina Trail.
Middle (in yellow) and Briney run through one of many meadows on the Kachina Trail.
Early morning sun shines through the aspens.
Middle and Z part an aspen grove.
The Kachina Trail is known for its huge fern fields. Here middle and Zoroaster blend in.
Leaving the Kachina Trail behind, we start up the Weatherford Trail.
The Weatherford Trail was built in the 1920's. The now closed roadbed served as scenic access for many Model-T Fords.
Shad nears Fremont Saddle.
Briney, Middle and Bohn gather themselves at Fremont Saddle. Our trail will lead us to the pass located just above Bohn's head.
The Weatherford Trail continues to traverse mountainous slopes.
Now at near 12,000' feet even the nearly level trail becomes difficult.
Looking back at Fremont Saddle (just left of center) with the Inner Basin between.
Briney and Middle start the five-mile descent as northern Arizona spreads out below.
Down into the saddle between Agassiz Peak and Humphrey's Peak.