Fry Lake Trail
Kachina Village, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 2-4
Last Updated: 10-16-2017
Coconino National Forest
Fry Lake Trail Highlights
Fry Lake is a popular place for cattle grazing in the summertime. The cows are typically brought up form the Verde Valley via Jerome Road. It's a beautiful meadow full of flowers in the summertime, 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 you reach waypoint 1.
You can also access by taking Woody Mountain Road south for a little more than thirteen miles from Flagstaff.
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 trial, but good tires and 4x4 are recommended.
1: 536 & 535 Intersection (0.0mi)
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)
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)
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.
5: 536C Intersection (2.4mi)
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)
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?
Camping and Lodging
Dispersed camping is allowed along this trail, but only in certain areas west of 536C and around 9016H. The connecting road FR 535 also has a lot of great camping spots along it, and East Pocket Road has some of the best-dispersed camping areas at its southern end along the Mogollon Rim. Check the Coconino Motorized Vehicle Usage Map for details.