Schultz Creek Trail
Beginning Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 600 Feet (187.0 Meters)
High Point: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Length: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Time, Round Trip: 2 Hours
Trail Number: 152
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff West
INFORMATION: Schultz Creek Trail parallels one of several intermittent
drainages that carry water from the higher reaches of the San Francisco
Peaks. Generally the stream only has water in it a few months of every
year, either during the spring snow melt or after a summer monsoon.
However, even when there is no water here, which is most of the time,
walking beside the water-smoothed stones and ledges worn by ephemeral
waterfalls can still give one the pleasant feeling of being near a
brook even if you have to imagine the babble.
This trail has
one of the most moderate gradients on any in the San Francisco Peaks/
Mt. Elden Area. Still, it has enough ups and downs to be extremely
popular with mountain bikers and off-road motorcyclists, both of whom
it is open to. So, if you come for a hike or a horseback ride, keep
your ears and eyes open and be ready to share the trail with users of
If you hike this trail during a quiet time, Albert's
squirrels and Steller's jays are animals you might see here. During
late spring and early summer this is a good place to hear the musical
trill of the hermit thrush. Schultz Creek Trail serves as a connecting
trail between Rocky Ridge and the Sunset trails.
NOTES: Motorcycles are permitted on this trail as are mountain bikes and horses, so keep your eyes open.
Flagstaff, Drive north 2 miles on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road).
Turn east and follow FR 420 about a mile to a gate and cattle guard.
Turn right down over the hill toward Schultz Creek and park. The
trailhead is at the north end of the parking area.
Normally Open: April - November
Peaks Ranger District, 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Phone: 520-526-0866