Hike Fatman's Loop

Arizona Fatman's Loop

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Accessible from April through November, Fatman's Loop is an easily accessible loop, rated as moderate, that is perfect for hiking, trail running, or a leisurely stroll providing you with sweeping city views and gorgeous wildflowers along the way.

Sitting on the eastern slope of Mt Elden is a super fun multi-use trail called Fatman's Loop. It's a perfect spot for hiking, trail running, day strolling, or walking the pup. All the while, treating you to glimpses of the eastern suburbs of Flagstaff, beautiful wild flowers, and cool rock formations that hint back to Mt Elden's volcanic origins. Along the trail you will come through a narrow gap, maybe 4-5' across that you "squeeze" through, giving the trail its peculiar name.

The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. Head out the right side of the trailhead, and follow signs for Fatman's Loop all the way around. You will come across junctions for Elden Lookout (+2000 ft and 2 miles gain!), Pipeline Trail, Oldham Trail and Buffalo Park. Tailor these connections to customize your own Flagstaff mini adventure!

The trail winds through an area that supports a diverse community of plant species including white fir, ponderosa pine, cliff rose, alligator juniper and broadleaf yucca. Keep an eye out for some wildlife you may encounter such as Abert's squirrels, pygmy nuthatches, mule deer and grey foxes, as well as Steller's jays and ravens up above.

Pack List

  • Trail pack
  • Trail snacks and Water
  • Clothing layers
  • Headlamp if you plan on playing 'til the sun drops
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How to Get There

8 months ago

Perfect short hike with options for more mileage

Beautiful 2.5 mi hike with nice views and little elevation gain. If you want to add more, head up to Elden Lookout Trail for a 5.2 mi RT hike with close to 2,000′ of elevation gain.

8 months ago

over 1 year ago

Interactive Hike

Lots of spots to take in the pretty view. Trees and boulders here and there to climb for the best views.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Always fun!

Absolutely love this trail! A must visit for every morning in Flagstaff

over 1 year ago

Added by Nick Tort

I love to share what I find along the way so that others may experience the same joys. Sometimes my words fall short, but a photo can tell the story for me.

Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

690 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers

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