This is a hike to one of the highest vistas in northern Arizona. From Kendrick's 10,418 foot summit, you can see the Grand Canyon to the north and Oak Creek Canyon to the south. In addition to the impressive scenery, it's a good place to see wildlife, especially elk and mule deer. The trail starts in the ponderosa pines and climbs into the mixed conifer forests of Douglas fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce and corkbark fir within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. Note that there are no reliable springs along the trail and no water at the top of the mountain.
Just below the mountain's summit, you'll see an old cabin. This is the old lookout cabin, built in the early 1900s and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Trail Layout: After about 1/2 mile of trail, this route up Kendrick Mountain follows an old fire road for about one mile. From this point the trail becomes a foot path again and is well marked and gently sloped. Almost all of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness.
Length: 4 miles
Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.
Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7700 feet. An accessible vault toilet is available here. Trail starts at the parking area along FR 190.
Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.
Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes. Hiking and horseback riding only.
Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Parks Exit (#178). Turn left back across the overpass, turn left at the "T" intersection, then turn right onto FR 141 and continue north for about 8 miles; continue north on FR 194 for about 4.5 miles to FR 171. Turn right onto FR 171 and go 2 miles to FR 190; turn left onto FR 190 and go 1 mile to the parking area.
From Flagstaff, take Hwy 180 North to FR 193, about 10 miles north of the turnoff to the Arizona Snow Bowl; turn left on FR 193 and continue to FR 171. Turn right on FR 171 and go 2 miles to FR 190; turn right on FR 190 and go 1 mile to the parking area.
Travel Time: About 1 hour from Williams to the trailhead.
Road Condition: Paved road and all-weather gravelled road suitable for passenger cars.
USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick. (A Forest map may also be useful; one can be purchased at the Visitors Center.)