Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
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Fatman's Loop is one of the most popular trails in the Flagstaff area. Conveniently located right off the main highway and close to town, it is an easy trail with easy access. The hike affords fantastic views of both Mount Elden and of the surrounding landscape without drastic elevation gain. For a more dramatic hike, nearby trails can be linked with this one to climb the mountain to the top.

Although you will nearly always see others on this trail, it is rare to find a traffic jam. You can still find solitude among the tall pine and juniper trees, especially if you explore any of the numerous side trails and boulder gardens.

The trail is a loop of moderate difficulty. While most of it is a shallow gradient, there are short steep parts, stairs, and switchbacks that may make you momentarily short of breath at over 7,000 feet elevation.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Mountain views. Easy access.

Cons

Crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

6,900.00 ft (2,103.12 m)

Net Elevation Gain

550.00 ft (167.64 m)

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest
Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest

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