Woody Mountain Road

Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1

Last Updated: 10-16-2017

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Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.2 Miles
Category: Forest, Iconic, Overland
Highest Elevation: 7,270 '
Duration: 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Go: South
Connecting Trails:
East Pocket Road
Nearest Town:
Kachina Village
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Flagstaff
Forest Service Road: # CO 231
Forest Service / Park District:
Coconino County

Woody Mountain Road Highlights

Highlights: Woody Mountain Road - Kachina Village, Arizona

Woody Mountain Road gets its name after Woody Mountain which is off to the southwest side of the road. The south end of the road seamlessly attaches to East Pocket Lookout Road. Both East Pocket Lookout Road and Woody Mountain Road are designated with the same number of 231. The difference is that Woody Mountain Road is a county road, and East Pocket Lookout Road is a forest road.

This is not an especially interesting road in itself, but the places it will take you are very interesting. At the north end, you'll be in Flagstaff near I-40 and Route 66. As you head south you can see a radio tower, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University Centennial Forest, Rogers Lake, and finally, be approaching Mill Park to the south. Dispersed Camping areas can be found further south, including on top of the Mogollon Rim. There are also a lot of other connecting forest roads and trails that give you access to a lot of great places to enjoy the Coconino National Forest.

Technical rating: (1) Easy

Graded dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Gentle grades. 2WD under all conditions except snow. No width problems, two vehicles wide.

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Directions to Trailhead

This gravel road can be accessed from almost anywhere in the middle-western portion of Coconino National Forest. The closest trailhead to Flagstaff is near I-40 as Woody Mountain Road. You can access it from Route 66 where the paved portion of Woody Mountain Road is right next to the Woody Mountain Campground and RV Park. Head south from here until you see the seasonally closed gate where it turns to dirt.

It can also be reached from Highway 89A by taking FR 535 west, and optionally connecting to FR 536 going past Fry Lake.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

35° 10' 43.86"N
111° 41' 51.52"W

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Route Description

This road is made of dirt and gravel but is very well maintained by the county. It is opened seasonally when the snow-pack is absent. The entire road is passable with any kind of vehicle, though lower clearance vehicles may need to take care in a few spots.

1: Woody Mountain Seasonal Gate (0.0mi)

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While not the northern-most spot-on Woody Mountain Road, this is where the dirt starts.

2: FR 532 Intersection (1.0mi)

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Stay on the main road as you pass the FR 532 intersection to the south. The road on the other side to the north is gated and says it's off-limits and is marked as FR 9016J.

3: 9114 Intersection (2.2mi)

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Continue straight. There are some seemingly inviting dirt roads heading north from here but are marked as being closed and are not on the forest service maps.

4: Arboretum at Flagstaff (2.9mi)

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Only open seasonally, the Arboretum at Flagstaff is a great place for anyone who enjoys growing things. They also have other fun events.

5: 533 Intersection (3.0mi)

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Continue straight through this intersection. To the south is FR 533. You'll also find FR 9026 to the north, but it is clearly closed off.

6: NAZU Centennial Forest (3.2mi)

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Northern Arizona University Centennial Forest sign.

7: 231K Intersection (4.1mi)

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Continue straight ahead. The southbound road takes you to Woody Mountain. However, it's not currently on the Coconino National Forests MVUM, which means it's technically closed.

There was some logging activity going on in the area last time I stopped here, and the loggers were a bit concerned about why I was photographing near their equipment, so you may want to be respectful of their concerns.

8: Private Road (5.0mi)

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Veer to the left as you continue south. This private road heads west and should be treated as you would anyone else's driveway.

9: Rogers Lake Hiking Trailhead (6.1mi)

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Welcome to Rogers Lake. This is a parking area for the Rogers Lake hiking trail.

10: Guard & Sign (7.2mi)

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South of this cow guard you'll be on East Pocket Lookout Road, with Woody Mountain to the north. The road to the west is not on any current maps and is not marked. It's likely meant as a maintenance road for the Rogers Lake County Nature Area.

Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Woody Mountain Road - Kachina Village, Arizona

There are a lot of dispersed camping areas on many of the connected forest roads. Up north in Flagstaff, you also have easy access to the Woody Mountain Campground and RV Park, as well as a number of hotels. At the south end, you can enjoy camping right along the Mogollon Rim along East Pocket Lookout Road.

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S.J. Hollist

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Before that, I had been off-road in places like central and northern Utah, east and west Texas, and...

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