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Walnut Canyon Rim

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 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome views of Walnut Canyon on this out-and-back. A nice choice for a longer hike.


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15.0

Miles

24.2

KM

Out and Back

7,020' 2,140 m

High

6,654' 2,028 m

Low

974' 297 m

Up

974' 297 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This trail follows the Arizona Trail from Old Walnut Canyon Road to Fisher Point with sweeping views of Walnut Canyon and canyon rim walking along the way.

Description

This route starts at the large AZ Trail parking lot on Old Walnut Canyon Road. Signs to Fisher Point will guide you the entire way. The first 1.2 miles of the trail roll gently through open pine and oak forest, before descending steeply into a tributary of Walnut Canyon. This stretch of trail drops through interesting terrain and involves several tight switchbacks.

After 2.2 miles, look for a signed intersection to a lookout spur trail (0.2 miles). This is a worthwhile detour. The viewpoint itself lies just beyond a fence at the end of the spur trail (look for a short ladder to get you over the fence).

About a mile further along the AZ trail, you'll hit a second signed intersection for yet another lookout point. This time the spur is 0.7 miles each way, but don't wimp out on taking the side trip - this second viewpoint is one of the highlights of the Walnut Canyon Rim! Head to a limestone rib that juts out into the canyon, getting narrower and narrower as you go. Enjoy the killer views on both sides of the peninsula of land.

Continuing on the AZ Trail toward Fisher Point the trail gets closer and closer to the rim of Walnut Canyon. Eventually, the trail features a spectacular length right along the edge with outstanding views into the canyon (just don't get too distracted - its a long way down!). Fisher Point marks the last lookout point, and the turnaround point back to your car.

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Almonzo Wilder

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Photos

Cool undercut cliff feature as you head into one of Walnut Canyon's tributaries.
Apr 1, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Cool views of the Peaks over Walnut Canyon.
Mar 26, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
First scenic view point.
Apr 1, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Limestone rib on the way to Walnut Rim's second lookout.
Mar 26, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ

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Nov 5, 2020
Olef Tokarew
Sep 26, 2020
Chris Binkley
Jun 27, 2020
Laura Goedhart
15mi — 9h 21m
Nov 20, 2019
Eric Harrill
went to first view and headed back. heavy drizzle all the way back, tshirt tied around face to avoid getting sick 5mi
Oct 21, 2019
Chris McCloud
Done as part of 2019 AZT thruhike
May 16, 2019
A. Sionna
Nice day out there. 3.7mi
Aug 27, 2016
Rock On
Sep 25, 2014
Ethan Martinson