FR 301 to Fisher Point Trailhead

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 12/18/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/30
Length: 7.53 miles
Highest Elevation: 7018 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Flagstaff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Flagstaff
Official Road Name: 301
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Flagstaff Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: FR 301 to Fisher Point Trailhead
FR301 is an easy dirt road trail that will take you under 30 minutes- and it starts right at the city limits of Flagstaff! This is a great family outing or a good way to get in a hike when you're in Flagstaff and don't have all day. The mudding is good after a soaking rain or when the snow is melting. At the end of FR301, you'll find a nice half-mile hike to Fisher Point with views of Walnut Canyon. It is a more interesting drive and a quicker hike into the canyon than the other Arizona Trail hiking trailhead located less than a mile farther down Old Walnut Canyon. The Arizona Trail is accessible from another parking lot along the route. You are likely to see Elk during their migration season, especially in late fall and early winter. This area is heavily affected by bark beetles, and you can hear them work on the trees in the summer if you are quiet.

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Waypoints

1. FR301 Trailhead - West/Right (0 mi)
FR301 is on the right/west of Old Walnut Canyon just before it takes a big bend to the left/east (which takes you to another hiking trailhead and eventually to the National Monument). It is marked by a "no trespassing" sign for State Trust land. The turnout is sometimes in bad shape with serious erosion, so take it slow on the turn. FR301 initially passes through AZ state trust land, requiring permits for camping, shooting, and offroading. You aren't trespassing if you stay on FR301, but you need a use permit if you leave it. Because the area is undergoing restoration, use permits are not likely to be granted. Luckily, we're only passing through State Trust land briefly, so this isn't a big problem. The State of Arizona has placed split rail fences along the road to remind you not to camp or leave the road. You are on State Trust land until you reach the National Forest gate and sign. If there is water in the hole, beware! It could be two feet deep and slippery.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Flagstaff, Arizona

From the east side of Flagstaff, take Country Club Drive southeast off Route 66 or I-40 Exit 201 into Flagstaff's Continental Country Club neighborhood. After about two miles, turn left/east at Old Walnut Canyon Road, just past the driving range on the left. Continue a couple of miles southeast down Old Walnut Canyon, to Waypoint 01, which is the start of FR301 on the right/west, right where the pavement ends on Old Walnut Canyon Road.

Camping

Not allowed

Land Use Issues

The Arizona State Land Department is involved in continuous discussions about the sale and closure of this land. Land in the trust is NOT State Park land and is closed to public use without a permit. Recently in early 2018, there was a proposed "land swap" deal between the Hopi Tribe, the State of Arizona, and the Federal Government that would have transferred all these state trusts lands to the Hopi with the likely result that they would be closed to public use. This transfer was averted after a public outcry, but the threat remains. Arizona wheelers, call your congressmen both state and federal, and remain vigilant in case this transfer is proposed again!

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Ben Ruddell

Mapping Crew - Arizona

Ben is an Engineering PhD and Civil Engineer living in Flagstaff with a family of seven. He grew up car camping in Michigan, and later in Southern Illinois. By way of Utah, Southeast Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, and for eight years in Phoenix, He now lives in Flagstaff, AZ and spends summers in Durango, CO. His favorite weekends are spent exploring a new trail or route, usually with the intent of scoring a nice day hike or short overnight car camp with his kids. He frequently finds that his maps are out of date or that roads are impassable without specialized equipment, and wants to create better information for himself and other enthusiasts in his backyard, the 4 corners region of AZ, CO, NM, an UT.
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