Took a group on a long loop, starting up the steep part, and down the Heart Trail. Not well marked, and hard to follow at times. We got on a bike trail that kept turning left instead of right. Had to bushwhack a little to get back on track.
So I went up to Elden solo... :y:
The first mile I sort of had that Phx to Flag, wow this air is thin feeling but quickly acclimated. This is a good urban mountain/hike. I really never got tired but it's just hard enough to be meaningful. It was probably gusting 30-50 mph at the summit. Thought about hiking over to TV Hill but as its not a Lists of John summit, I passed.
Capped off the trip with a visit to Peace Surplus and Beaver St. Brewery for a burger and a Flagstaff IPA.
Super cool view of Flag. Wanting to connect it to Schultz one day and make a night out of it.
Hiked it with my girlfriend and Geoff. Started around 2:30. Warm at the bottom and got windier as we went up. It was really blowing on the summit. There was a fair amount of snow once we reached the ridge. Sick views!
Give me a black mark for flogging the Honda up ...
Elden Lookout Trail, maybe 1995/96?
Nice trail, moderate hike. Hiked up and ran most of it down.
Not exactly a wilderness summit, but nice views nonetheless. Awesome watching hang gliders launch from the take off near the summit.
We hike the Elden lookout route i was a little disappointed to find that there was a road that goes up to the top as well but it was still a great time with great views of the city of flagstaff.
The east-side trail is a great workout and very much worth the effort. The fall colors were starting to turn. This was far more evident on the trees looking west and north in the little bowl on the summit ridge. The rounmd-trip hike took me about 3 hours. The following day we drove up the back side road and explored the upper meadows and forests, spending a few hours just relaxing in our camp chairs, periodically driving to somewhere different for some different views. Great hike and very convenient to Flagstaff.
Climbed to the summit via the lookout trail. A good workout, but the views were not all that great from what I am used to seeing. I do however think this would be a beautiful hike during autumn. That being said, I will probably not do this one again.
Nice hike. Good workout for just coming from 800 feet a week before. Nice views.
For me it is the ugliest way to hike this. Sandy Seep to Hearts Trail to the top of Elden is the best route in my opinion.
Good workout before a long drive home after Humphrey's Peak a day before. Photos are here: Mount Elden hike
A friend suggested I go up Elden while visiting Flagstaff and dropped me off to hike the mountain. He hadn't hiked it, but a friend had. I made it up with a bit of heavy breathing. The view and Autumn color were worth the work. On the summit, I had to hurry as the sun was setting. The sun hitting the other side of the mountain was gorgeous. The scramble down was an experience. I'll definitely need the info on terrain next time I go for a new trail later in the day.
Nice view of Flagstaff. A bit of an eyesore with all the antennas on top.
Wow! This trail is really steep! Oh, to be a worker on that trail maintenance crew...
Overall, I'd say that for such a relatively small mountain, this climb/hike is a killer. I have read that lots of folks use this route as a trainer... Now I see why. But all strenuousness aside I enjoyed the trip up. Good views, not too hot (for August), a great talk with the dude in the tower, and of course being able to spot Granite Mt. in Prescott from up there. Nice population of falcons up there too.
Vaughn, Dy, Ryan, Kim and Keith knocked it out in the snow. A nip of liquid warmth on top and it was back down out of the wind.
Didn't summit to Elden (been there, done that)...but wanted to try the Little Bear/Heart Loop...
About 11+miles of hiking....Little Bear is a wonderful ascent, Heart Trail descent is rocky and an ankle buster....
Overall a great day...horsefiles ate me alive....saw tons of hornytoads....