With our temps hitting the 100 degree mark this week, the Northern Arizona hiking season officially began. After some searching the choice was made to bag a peak just outside of Flagstaff. We were not looking for a difficult hike, just something to get out on. Really we were just seeking any excuse to spend some time in the Flagstaff area, and gawk at the lucky residents.
Kendrick Peak lies just a short drive outside of Flag off the 180. The roads in to the trailhead are car friendly and well signed. The trail meanders it's way up to the peak through a series of exceptionally long switchbacks. At times you forget you are even on a switchback till you suddenly come to a turn. The trail has tree cover a majority of the way and due to the elevation was breezy. After 4 miles you come upon a historic cabin that was used by the fire serviced the fire lockout atop the peak. A short half mile later you arrive at the fire tower. Lucky for us the weekend relief guys were there and invited us in for a view. The tower has great views of the surrounding peak and Flagstaff area. After a brief lunch atop the peak we headed down, racing the impending thunder clouds. If you are looking for an escape from the heat and are looking to bag a peak, this may be your ticket.
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