Fry Lake Trail

Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 2-4

Last Updated: 02-02-2017

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Status: Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 Miles
Category: Forest, Mud, Overland
Highest Elevation: 7,150 '
Duration: 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Go: N/A
Connecting Trails:
East Pocket RoadFR 535
Nearest Town:
Kachina Village
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Flagstaff
Forest Service Road: # 536
Forest Service / Park District:
Coconino National Forest

Fry Lake Trail Highlights

Highlights: Fry Lake Trail - Kachina Village, Arizona

Fry Lake is a popular place for cattle grazing in the summer time. The cows are typically brought up form the Verde Valley via Jerome Road. It's a beautiful meadow full of flowers in the summer time, and typically snowed over in the winter.

Technical rating: (2-4) 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

From 89A, about sixteen miles north of Sedona or ten miles south of Flagstaff, you'll find a dirt road on the west side marked as 535. Follow 535 heading west for about five and a half miles until until you reach waypoint 1.

You can also access by taking Woody Mountain Road south for a little more then thirteen miles from Flagstaff.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

35° 3' 19.62"N
111° 47' 29.29"W

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Route Description

Fry Lake Trail is recommended for use by four-wheel drive vehicles due to the muddy conditions that are likely to exist near the Fry lake area. It's also rutted in many areas making high clearances also recommended. Most stock, high-clearance vehicles should be able to make it through this trail, but good tires and 4x4 are recommended.

1: 536 & 535 Intersection (0.0mi)

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Head west as Fry Lake Trail starts here as FR 536. The connecting FR 535 will take you east to Highway 89A, or north to Woody Mountain Road.

2: Fry Lake (0.7mi)

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This meadow is where the once shallow Fry Lake could be found. Today it's mostly a dry to marshy meadow.

3: 536A Intersection (0.9mi)

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You'll want to follow the curve past this side trail to stay on Fry Lake Trail. Turning south will take you into some dispersed camping areas along 536A.

4: 9016H Intersection (1.5mi)

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Stay straight past 9016H. The side trail doesn't seem to offer much.

5: 536C Intersection (2.4mi)

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Continue straight past 536C, unless you want to go south to see a canyon that is part of the Mogollon Rim.

6: Power lines and Cattle Gard (3.2mi)

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At this waypoint you'll pass under some high voltage power lines right next to crossing over a cattle guard. Does this make it a Power Guard?

7: East Pocket Road & 538 Intersection (3.6mi)

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This is the west end of Fry Lake Trail where you'll meet up with East Pocket Road right next to the intersection with FR 538.

Camping and Lodging

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

Dispersed camping is allowed along this trail, but only in certain areas west of 536C and around 9016H. The connecting road 535 also has a lot of great camping spots along it, and East Pocket Road has some of the best dispersed camping areas at it's southern end along the Mogollon Rim. Check the Coconino Motorized Vehicle Usage Map for details.

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Seth Hollist

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Over the years I have been off-road in places like Central and Northern Utah, East and West Texas,...

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