Fry Canyon Trail

Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 1-4

Last Updated: 02-02-2017

Highlight
Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.2 Miles
Category: Forest, Mud, Overland
Highest Elevation: 6,800 '
Duration: about 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Go: N/A
Connecting Trails:
FR 535
Nearest Town:
Kachina Village
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Flagstaff
Forest Service Road: # 237
Forest Service / Park District:
Coconino National Forest

Fry Canyon Trail Highlights

Highlights: Fry Canyon Trail - Kachina Village, Arizona

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.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

35° 3' 12.02"N
111° 43' 57.43"W

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Route Description

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)

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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)

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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)

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Continue straight ahead past this side trail. This is the eastern intersection of the Lowlander Tank Loop.

4: 9598A West Intersection (0.9mi)

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Continue straight ahead past this side trail. This is the western intersection of the Lowlander Tank Loop.

5: Woody Wash (3.7mi)

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This is woody wash, named akin to Woody Mountain near the north end of FR 231.

6: Fry Canyon (3.9mi)

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Fry Canyon is created by the run off from Fry Lake.

7: East Camping area (4.2mi)

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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)

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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.

9: 89A Intersection (5.2mi)

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This is the western end of the Fry Canyon Trail at 89A. About a quarter mile south of here is a dirt road that will take you west into another great area for camping above the Mogollon Rim.

Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Fry Canyon Trail - Kachina Village, Arizona

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.

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Seth 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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