Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail

Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1-2

Last Updated: 10-16-2017

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Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 Miles
Category: Forest, Mud
Highest Elevation: 6,900 '
Duration: 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Go: N/A
Nearest Town:
Kachina Village
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Flagstaff
Forest Service Road: # 231A
Forest Service / Park District:
Coconino National Forest

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail Highlights

Highlights: Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Kachina Village, Arizona

Fernow and Tram Tanks are found along FR 231A on the western side of Coconino National Forest, just north of the Mogollon Rim. This is a nice scenic drive along a very easy dirt trail.

Technical rating: (1-2) Easy

Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.

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Directions to Trailhead

You can reach this 231A from either East Pocket Road (231) to the east, Turkey Butte Lookout Loop on the west end, or Muddy Rocky Road (231B) at its northern-most point.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

35° 1' 14.27"N
111° 52' 13.19"W

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Route Description

This is a fairly well-maintained dirt road in the middle of the forest. It can get muddy at times and have snow cover in the winter.

1: 231 Intersection (0.0mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 1: 231 Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 1: 231 Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 1: 231 Intersection

This is the eastern end of the trail close to Fernow Tank. This "T" intersection is with FR 231 also called East Pocket Road.

2: Fernow Tank (0.3mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 2: Fernow Tank Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 2: Fernow Tank Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 2: Fernow Tank

On the north side of the trail at this point is Fernow Tank.

3: Parking Spot (1.2mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 3: Parking Spot Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 3: Parking Spot Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 3: Parking Spot

This is an excellent spot to park and check out the area. It should not be used as a camping spot as camping is technically not allowed along this route.

4: Tram Tank (2.0mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 4: Tram Tank Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 4: Tram Tank Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 4: Tram Tank

On the north side of the trail, you can see Tram Tank.

5: Power Lines (1.7mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 5: Power Lines Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 5: Power Lines Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 5: Power Lines

These are high voltage power lines that head south from Cottonwood north to Flagstaff.

6: 231B Intersection (2.3mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 6: 231B Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 6: 231B Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 6: 231B Intersection

Continue straight, slightly to the south to continue on the trail. The "T" to the north takes you onto Muddy Rocky Road.

7: 538D Intersection (2.7mi)

Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 7: 538D Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 7: 538D Intersection Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Waypoint 7: 538D Intersection

This is the western-most end of 231A. This "T" intersection is with Turkey Butte Lookout Loop.

Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Fernow and Tram Tanks Trail - Kachina Village, Arizona

According to the forest maps, camping is not allowed on this road, but there are some excellent camping spots nearby along East Pocket Road (FR 231).

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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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