Hiking Mount Slate Arizona

Monday, November 10, 2014 , 4 Comments

The original plan was to hike and summit Humphreys Peak, the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12,637 feet. However, an unexpected bout with kidney stone pain the day earlier, which had me curled up in the fetal position on the side of the road, left me wary of being too isolated. Thus my fiancee and I opted for a less demanding hike and after reading many reviews of mountain trails in the Flagstaff area choose Mount Slate. Located 37 miles north of Flagstaff in the Coconino Forest, Mount Slate has an elevation of 8,215 ft and is 4.4 miles roundtrip. To arrive at the trailhead take US 180 north and turn left at FR 191.

The trail itself it easy, well marked, and while the mountain itself is fairly unremarkable the view from the summit is well worth it and quite impressive. From the top, one is able to see Mount Humpfreys and the rest of the San Francisco peaks to the south, desert to the east and west, and far to the north the faint outline of the Grand Canyon. If you are looking for an easy mountain trail in the Flagstaff area that you can complete in a few hours and will be rewarded at the end with a beautiful view, than I would highly recommend Mount Slate. Below are some pictures, hope you enjoy and happy hiking.


Atlas said...

Sorry guys for the delay as this hike was actually from August, and just am now getting around to posting it. Between some health issues and life itself I just haven't been able to really blog or fish/be outside much lately. Here is to hoping that changes soon. Tight lines all.

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about the kidney stone (and perhaps other health issues!) good to see you again, though - and hope things are getting better every day!

now, the vistas and pines and cool trees... nice!

looknfishy said...

As the temp drops into the low 20's here tonight, I'm cool with a post that took place in Aug. Awesome report.

cofisher said...

Hey Buddy, looks like your life has been mine. I propose a toast to good health and happy trails.