Fry Canyon Trail
Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1-4
Last Updated: 10-16-2017
Coconino National Forest
Fry Canyon Trail Highlights
Fry Canyon Trail is a beautiful forest road nestled in the mountains between Sedona and Flagstaff and is a nice shortcut between I-17 and 89A that can then get you close to the forest roads on the west side of 89A above the Mogollon Rim. It also provides a great place for camping, though it can be a bit crowded on Summer weekends.
Technical rating: (1-4) Easy
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.
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Directions to Trailhead
You can find this trail just of I-17 exit 333 on the west side as a frontage road in front of a Shell station.
Along 89A it's on the east side of the road about ten miles south of Flagstaff and about sixteen miles north of Sedona.
This usually well maintain dirt road can easily be navigated by almost any kind of vehicle; however, it can get a bit worn and washed out at times, and there are a couple of washes; including Fry Canyon. These washes and the potential for mud holes call for a little extra ground clearance, and four-wheel drive when wet.
1: Exit 333 Intersection (0.0mi)
The eastern trailhead is just east of I-17 Exit 333. It's a frontage road right in front of a Shell gas station.
2: Cattle Gard (0.3mi)
The road to this point is still paved, though not well maintained. Here the frontage road ends and turns into the forest where you could potentially see some cattle, though I never did.
3: 9498A East Intersection (0.7mi)
Continue straight ahead past this side trail. This is the eastern intersection of the Lowlander Tank Loop.
4: 9598A West Intersection (0.9mi)
Continue straight ahead past this side trail. This is the western intersection of the Lowlander Tank Loop.
5: Woody Wash (3.7mi)
This is woody wash, named akin to Woody Mountain near the north end of FR 231.
6: Fry Canyon (3.9mi)
Fry Canyon is created by the run off from Fry Lake.
7: East Camping area (4.2mi)
Continue straight on FR 237 through the camping area. This is the east end of a designated dispersed camping area that provides a large number of camping spots.
8: West Camping area (4.8mi)
Continue straight on FR 237 through the camping area. This is the west end of a designated dispersed camping area that provides a large number of camping spots.
Camping and Lodging
Fry Canyon Trail / FR 237 has a large area designated for dispersed camping. It's a popular destination for campers, especially on the weekends, and also close to many other camping areas not far from Flagstaff. Munds Park and Sedona are also close by if you want a hotel.