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High Country Tour to Bismark Lake

Intermediate
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Trail

8.1 mile 13.0 kilometer out and back
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 590' 180 m
Descent: -591' -180 m
High: 9,008' 2,746 m
Low: 8,793' 2,680 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

Amazing high-elevation scenery and some of Arizona's best aspen stands.

Almonzo Wilder

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route uses the Arizona Trail to climb up into the San Francisco Peaks and then continues through high meadows and aspen stands to a small lake. The scenery is first rate on this fantastic day hike or trail run.

Need to Know

This area is popular, especially on weekends, and especially during leaf season (the area around Aspen Corner draws crowds). Be ready to share the trail.

Runner Notes

An excellent high elevation run on a good trail.

Description

This walk starts at Aspen Corner on Snowbowl Road. Follow the trail into the aspen glade, which shortly drops steeply into mixed conifer forest. As the trail descends, look for a signed intersection with the Arizona Trail (Aspen Corner to FR 418), where you'll turn right (north). A quick detour here straight ahead leads to a picturesque water tank that usually holds water and has a great view of the San Francisco Peaks.

Once on the Arizona Trail, the path winds briefly through aspen trees before it breaks out to cross Hart Prairie. Outstanding views in all directions continue for miles as you alternate between meadows and aspen stands. When fall colors are blazing, the scenery is mind-blowing.

After a few miles, there is a signed turnoff for Bismark Lake, which is the turnaround for this route. The lake itself is a bit underwhelming, but there is often wildlife around and the views of Humphreys Peak are great.

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Apr 27, 2017
Fraser Langdon
Cool trail with bear 7mi
Apr 26, 2017
Trey Bailey
Trail is in almost perfect condition. There are a few patches of snow that are no more than 10 ft in length still on the trail, only a few water ru... 7.6mi
Aug 21, 2016
Clara Aranovich
8.8mi — 1h 37m

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Hart Praire HDR - Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 25, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Big views, and lots of them.
Mar 25, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Burly aspen near Aspen Corner.
Mar 30, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ
Fall color on the Arizona Trail.
Mar 24, 2015 near Flagstaff, AZ

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