Woody Mountain Road
Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1
Last Updated: 10-16-2017
East Pocket Road
Woody Mountain Road Highlights
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.
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)
While not the northern-most spot-on Woody Mountain Road, this is where the dirt starts.
2: FR 532 Intersection (1.0mi)
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)
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)
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)
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.
7: 231K Intersection (4.1mi)
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)
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)
Welcome to Rogers Lake. This is a parking area for the Rogers Lake hiking trail.
Camping and Lodging
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.