Kachina Peaks Wilderness Loop
ElevationAscent: 4,535' 1,382 m
Descent: -4,537' -1,383 m
High: 11,992' 3,655 m
Low: 8,025' 2,446 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A very steep loop trail through the Kachina Peaks Wilderness and to the high San Francisco Peaks.”— Steve Jackson
The next day, we continued on the Weatherford Trail on the east side of Fremont Peak with continued great views of the Inner Basin past the intersection of the Inner Basin Trail, up some switchbacks to Doyle Saddle. It is very rocky and dry. A little further on, you'll see a sign prohibiting entry to Agassiz Peak on penalty of a $500 fine. It can only be climbed in winter due to the critical habitat for San Francisco Peaks groundsel, although the trail up to the peak seems to indicate that the sign is ignored.
A little further on you reach the Humphreys Peak Trail. Go right to climb Humphreys Peak or continue on the loop. You'll switchback down from 12,000 feet to Arizona Snow Bowl at 9,000 feet. Along the way there is a side trail, unmarked and unmaintained that leads you to a wreckage field of a B-24 that crashed in 1944. You can still see a wing, landing gear, and propeller. If you visit, be respectful and don't remove anything.
After you pass the Arizona Snow Bowl, you'll run on the Kachina Trail #150 along the bottom western flanks of the wilderness. There are some beautiful Aspen groves along this route and limited campsites and water. From Kachina, you'll end where you started at the Schultz Tank Trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Aug 14, 2019: Museum Fire shows smoke, poses no threat
Aug 13, 2019: Saber Fire is growing slowly, cleaning the landscape