Kendrick is Arizona's 12th highest summit. It is a large lava dome and sits on the same fault that Sitgreaves Mountain and Bill Williams Mountain lay on. There are 3 trails that lead to the top. The Kendrick trail is 4 miles to the top. The trails are easy. There was a fire on the mountain in the summer of 2000, which charred much of the mountain. From the top you can see the Grand Canyon. The view of Humphreys Peak is also impressive.
Kendrick Peak is surrounded by the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness area which encompasses 6510 acres.
From Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, take exit 185 at Bellemont. Drive west along the north service road 171. Turn right and follow road 171 north eleven miles to a junction with road 171A. Turn right and drive north one mile to the end of the road at a trail head parking area. You can also take US 180, going towards the Grand Canyon Turn on forest service road 245 then at the end take a Right on to 171. You can go about four miles to the Kendrick trail or keep going until you reach the Pumpkin Trail.
When To Climb
Summer after the snow has melted.
Camping is allowed anywhere around the mountain. People often take backpacking trips up the Kendrick trail and down the Pumpkin trail. Camp at the parking lot and hike over the mountain the next day back to their car.
Lava River Cave
Lava River Cave is a lava tube worth checking out if you have time. It is about 3/4 of a mile long. It really has nothing to do with Kendrick Peak, but it's in the area. It is only a few miles away.
To get there take US 180 north to the Grand Canyon. Turn left on fr 245. Take that road all the way to the end where it T's into fs 171. . From there you will see a sign that says 'Left Lava River Cave, Right Kendrick Trail." Turn left and then about 1 mile later turn left again. The road dead ends and you park there. Then hike about 1/4 of a mile to the cave enterence. To enter the cave hike down about 50 feet. From the top you will see the cave enterence.
Arizona's 20-20 Challenge
Yes Arizona has it's own little challenge just like other states do like the Colorado/California 14ers, Idaho 12ers, or even doing all the State High points.
Arizona's Challenge is the 20 highest and the 20 deepest. What this means is the 20 highest mountains that are not on protected areas and has a trail to the summit and the 20 deepest canyons with the same criteria.
The mountains all have an elevation gain of at least 1,000 feet. The listing of the Peaks and Canyons are yet to come.
For more information go to Arizona's 20-20 Challenge