Schultz Pass

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/30
Length: 14.03 miles
Highest Elevation: 8100 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Flagstaff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Flagstaff
Official Road Name: 420
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Flagstaff Ranger District


Highlight: Schultz Pass
The heavily used western portion of the road over Schultz Pass is a scenic and easy trip up from town to the cool pines between Mount Elden and the San Francisco Peaks. This is your ticket to the top of the excellent Schultz Creek mountain biking trail, and to the trailheads of Sunset Trail, Kachina Trail, and Weatherford Trail, three of the best hikes in alpine Arizona. The dispersed camping is also excellent, although limited to a few locations. Since 2010 the less-used eastern half of the road over Schultz Pass has become a world-class tour in the effects of devastating forest fires and in the work required to restore a landscape after these hot all-consuming blazes.


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1. FR552/FR418 Trailhead off US-89 (0 mi)
In this area RV's will have no trouble finding parking and dispersed camping spots. The first half mile is in excellent condition. Most offroad vehicle use is prohibited in the Peaks area.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Flagstaff

From the East, take US-89 north from the US-66 and I-40 (Country Club) junction on the east side of Flagstaff, about ten miles north. You will see a sight to the Sunset Crater Volcano Exit on your right. This is also your exit for North Schultz Pass Road.; turn left at the intersection. You will be immediately greeted by a well-maintained dirt road and a forest service map pavilion on your right. This is Waypoint 1. From the west, take US-180 (Ft Valley Road) shortly past the Museum of Northern Arizona to the traffic light posted "N Schultz Pass Rd", and take a right.



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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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