FR522 Freidlein Prairie

/5 (6 reviews)
Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2021
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Highlights

This popular trail provides the closest motorized access to the Kachina Peaks Wilderness and Kachina Trailhead, and fourteen *free* high-elevation designated campsites! Although views of the peaks are limited, the forest is beautiful. Mexican Spotted Owls, a protected species, live in the area so it receives special attention from the Forest Service. For those visiting the Snowbowl ski resort on the west side of the peaks for the ski lift or restaurant, the access to this road is located conveniently halfway up Snowbowl Road. The parking lot at the end of the road brings you within hundreds of yards of the Wilderness boundary and the Kachina Trail, making this one of the three best alpine wilderness hiking trailhead accesses in Flagstaff along with the much busier Humphreys Trail (at Snowbowl) and Inner Basin Trail (off Lockett Meadow).

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Trail Reviews

0/5 (6 reviews)
Todd
Official Crew
103150
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

Closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
10100
Status: Open
Visited: 07/11/2018

Reopened today. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD586542
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
10100
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 05/25/2018

Due to Stage 3 fire restrictions, most of the Coconino National Forest is under an Area Closure prohibiting use- even driving forest roads. This includes FR522! https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5339811
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
10100
Status: Open
Visited: 04/26/2018

Ranger District reports the road is open as of late March, which is very early. Everything is dry here. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5339811
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
10100
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/09/2018

The Coconino National Forest's Flagstaff Ranger District's policy is to close gates the night before the first snow. This was January 9th, 2018- very late this year. Because Freidlein Prairie is a very high elevation road, it will probably remain closed until May. There is a gate right at the entry, so you will not be able to get anywhere on this road.

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